Organizations seem to be at a standstill determining if they should make the investment in implementing containers and multi-cloud solutions to support modern software development. With three questions, I can break the log jam and get to the answer, which in almost every case is a resounding YES.

Question 1: How much creative freedom do you want to enable for your application developers in your software development lifecycle?

If you want to allow your application teams to have flexibility and control over their development process, you need to understand that Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud environments are very opinionated about how you interact with them. When you design your application in the cloud utilizing PaaS services, you accept the limitations in feature sets and capabilities of those offerings. Developing and deploying through containers allows your developers the freedom to innovate without locking them into a specific design processes.

Question 2: Does a competitive cloud marketplace sound like an attractive business model for your company?

Instead of creating a reliance upon a single Cloud Service Provider for your app dev environments, wouldn’t you prefer a competitive cloud marketplace where the providers fight for your business? Avoid locking yourself into a single vendor by deploying a PaaS-specific development solution. Instead, look to the portability and environment-agnostic approach that containerizing allows. This autonomy in your platform choice gives your company the ability to deploy on whatever Cloud provider offers you the most competitive pricing model.

Question 3: Has your organization considered exploring a microservices-centric design?

If not, now is the time to start. Containers and microservices are not just a trend. They are the present and future of software development. Containerization is already being rapidly adopted across the industry reducing infrastructure complexity and improving time to market of new feature development. Failure to implement this solution soon could leave your app dev teams struggling to compete.

Most organizations want to have control over their infrastructure and platform configuration, love the idea of a portable workload, and would greatly benefit from creating an open market for compute. Any time spent further analyzing is time that should be dedicated toward designing your multi-cloud container solution. The next generation of application development is here. Start developing with containers now.