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Monday, August 17 • 4:20pm - 5:10pm
The Truth About Docker Container Lifecycles - Kevin McGuire, New Relic

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There has been much conjecture about the lifecycle of containers in their use as either more efficient virtual machine substitutes or lightweight microservice hosts. The former suggests the ability to run more containers than VMs due to resource efficiency but with the same long running dynamics. The latter suggests very short lived containers that exist only to perform the task at hand then disappear.
New Relic uses Docker and has both of these usage patterns. But what is the rest of the industry actually doing? It's been difficult to say.
Until now.
New Relic now provides monitoring of Docker containers as part of its Server Monitoring product. As a SaaS monitoring service, New Relic is in the interesting position of being able to see aggregate usage and lifecycle trends across millions of Docker containers, which we will share in this presentation.
Join us as we discuss our voyage of instrumenting and understanding Docker usage in the wild. Sometimes the results have been in line with our assumptions, but oftentimes the results have been surprising. The practical consequences of this data is that it may help you to understand how to deliver the right container technology or adopt de-facto best practices. But at the larger level, with our best data nerd t-shirts on, it's just darned interesting to see evidence that containerization is representing new usage patterns which point to this being a game-changer.


Kevin McGuire

Kevin McGuire is the Director of Engineer and Product Manager for New Relic Server and Plugins products, the teams which delivered the Docker Monitoring features. He is also the founder of the New Relic Seattle office. Prior to New Relic, Kevin has been architect and PM at Microsoft... Read More →

Monday August 17, 2015 4:20pm - 5:10pm PDT
Grand Ballroom D

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