Clouds & Containers: Give it to Me Straight, What's the Difference & Why Should I Care?

Track: Microservices
Skill Level: Beginner
Room: Room A302
Time Slot: Fri 2/24, 4:00 PM
Tags: mesos , tools , spring , cloud foundry , containers , comparison , gcp , kubernetes , amazon , shootout , docker , cloud , agile , orchestration
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As developers, we hear a non-stop stream of technical-but-marketing messages for containers, orchestration tools, and cloud services. There is extensive overlap in these areas with regard to both means and ends, and it’s time to clear the fog and get to the bottom of things. This talk will give a quick overview from a hardcore developer’s perspective of the following topics:

  • How can I use containers to develop better software?
  • What are orchestration tools? Do I need to consider/use them?
  • How do cloud/PaaS options compare? What are the tradeoffs?
  • What is the difference?
  • Why should I care? (Or should I?)

In this session, the presenter discusses several of these technologies, compares them, and deploys real applications to them LIVE to demonstrate subtle differences and tradeoffs each choice imposes upon developers, for better or worse. Come to this session to level up on containers, clouds, and developing real production software, regardless of where or how you deploy it.

Mark Heckler

Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, published author, & Java Champion focusing upon developing quality production software at velocity for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is an open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog ( and an occasionally interesting Twitter account (@MkHeck).

Mark lives with his very understanding wife in St. Louis, MO USA.