Transforming fintech from virtual to container environments
At DockerCon17 this week in Austin, Texas, one of the most interesting use cases that generated buzz on the conference floor was that of Visa Inc.’s change over to containerization. In looking to Docker — an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications — Visa was seeking to make its developers more productive, as well as providing a standardized system to compose, package, deploy and manage services.
One of the things Visa learned involved the importance of collaboration. “In order to be able to transform enterprise IT and to be able to take the innovation as rapidly as [possible], the enterprise and the application teams have to partner. The barriers between them should be collapsed, and they should innovate and collaborate together,” said Swamy Kocherlakota (pictured), senior vice president and global head of infrastructure and operations at Visa.
Kocherlakota recently joined Stu Miniman (@stu) and James Kobielus (@jameskobielus), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during DockerCon. In addition to lessons learned, they also spoke about some of the surprises containerization can bring.
Expanding the container environment
In Visa’s move from a virtualized to a container environment, the stress was on preserving high availability and security. In fact, Kocherlakota said he believes that from an availability perspective, containerized works better than virtualized because as Visa scales up and down, the company knows when the system is going to need more resources.
Additionally, “From a security perspective, even before implementation, we made sure that it was rock-solid and that it [provided] the right controls for us,” said Kocherlakota.
He said that there are several more groups at Visa that are looking to containerize; it’s a work in progress. The next use case Kocherlakota is looking forward to is batch, where Visa hopes to take its transformational success and keep building, strengthening the organization as they build out over time.
Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s independent editorial coverage of DockerCon US 2017 Austin.
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