One of the things we might start to realize is that APIs enable applications to share and write data to various applications in more sophisticated, streamlined ways in a server environment that is entirely managed “in the cloud.” Now add to these “new” realities server infrastructure that can be spun up or down nearly instantaneously for a single application that can scale and is eminently portable. You don’t import and export data anymore, you simply migrate entire server environments. The idea of moving infrastructure around in a fundamentally different model, much like you can imagine for container ship in The Wire:
The above clip from The Wire (excuse the expletives) makes the case why containers have revolutionized that shipping industry—like we heard in the Ambersons clip, like it or not the Future is Now! As a downside, his clip underscores the horrors of automating labor and the loss of jobs at Baltimore’s port.
How would such a look at services like Docker for IT infrastructure in terms of their costs and benefits?