The name Docker comes from a British colloquialism that’s a conjunction of dock and worker (somebody who works in a dock or a shipping port). You put the two together, get rid of the work and you get Docker.

The Technology

Containers are like fast lightweight virtual machines, and Docker makes running our apps inside of containers really easy.

Simply put, you just take your application code, and build it into an image. You then use that image to spin up your app as containers. The image can be saved in a registry somewhere.

That’s it. It’s simple.

However it is absolutely key to moving to a modern cloud native microservices design.

The difficulty resides at doing it at scale. To do so we can use Kubernetes.

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