20 Thought Leaders Crushing It with Application Containerization

Container technology is drastically changing how cloud applications are built, where application virtualization is headed, and how application lifecycle management is approached. But while Docker and many other container orchestrators show great promise, containers on their own are by no means a silver bullet for enterprise application woes.

As we have blogged about several times before, containerizing applications is just one piece of the application lifecycle puzzle; It doesn’t mean the entire application stack, supporting resources, or components are being leveraged as a unified logic entity, or even that they are well integrated beyond some basic scripting. If you only containerize your application functionality, you will miss out on huge opportunities to drastically improve performance across databases, compute, storage, and more.

Whether you are brand new to container technology, or diving head first into containerizing everything under the sun, the territory can get overwhelming. To help you wade through the challenges, opportunities, and future uses for containers, we have built a list of the top 20 thought leaders crushing it with container applications.

1. Steve Singh

CEO, Docker

Steve Singh, CEO, Docker on Application Containerization
“Priority number one [with Docker] is to drive innovation.”

Steve is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Docker, one of the most popular and quickly-growing container platforms. Mr. Singh has over 20 years of experience building and scaling world-class software companies including some of the most successful brands in technology. He will be a key player in the continued growth of container technology.

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2. Craig Brown, PhD

Senior Big Data Architect & Data Science Consultant

Craig Brown, PhD, Senior Big Data Architect on Application Containerization

With more than 25 years experience in the information technology industry, technology entrepreneur Craig Brown, PhD has a passion and dedication to instructing his clients in both technical and management capabilities that will sustain those demands. His credentials and experience have propelled his career as a leading expert in the IT arena and a top venture capitalist.

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3. Eric Vanderburg

Director, Information Systems & Security, JURINNOV, LLC

Eric Vanderburg on Application Containerization
“The container approach uses the same concept that DevOps employs. Using separate specialized containers that collaborate with each other that can change rapidly for a faster, efficient, and cost-effective solution.”

Eric is the Director of Information Systems and Security at JurInnov, where he directs a team of cyber security professionals who help companies protect against cyber threats, protect sensitive information, implement security governance, prepare for and respond to security incidents, and improve security awareness. Eric is also the Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Technology Ministry Network, a nonprofit that equips those in ministry with the technology tools and training to accomplish their ministry goals.

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4. Sylvain Kalache

Founder, Holberton School

Sylvian Kalache, Founder, Holberton School on Application Containerization

Sylvain is currently working on Holberton School, a community-driven school training for full stack software engineers. His work as a software engineer and his hobby as the co-founder of the largest community of French Tech engineers in the world led him to create the Holberton School.

His experience as an engineer helps ensure that students are learning the skills that the Tech industry needs. His experience as a community leader is helping to build the community that will support and grow Holberton School.

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5. David Linthicum

Senior Vice President, Cloud Technology Partners

David Linthicum, Senior Vice President, Cloud Technology Partners on Application Containerization
“Containers provide something we’ve been trying to achieve for years: a standard application architecture that offers both managed distribution and service orientation.”

David Linthicum is an SVP at Cloud Technology Partners and was just named the #1 cloud influencer via a recent major report by Apollo Research. David is a cloud computing thought leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker. David has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO three times in the last 25 years.

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6. William Toll

VP Product Management, Navisite

William Toll VP Product Management, Navisite on Application Containerization

William’s industry of expertise is Cloud Computing and B2B technology services. He is passionate about launching and marketing new products and services to B2B customers and technology channels while inspiring passion and a thirst for knowledge in the buyers, employees, and vendors that use and deliver them. William loves sharing client success stories as they make their transition to the cloud. And he loves to hear how organizations are using the cloud to drive their business success.

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7. Adrian Cockroft

Vice President, Amazon Web Services

Adrian Cockroft, Vice President, Amazon Web Services on Application Containerization
“A few minutes to get an instance used to feel amazingly fast, but now we use containers to get applications running in a few seconds, and to pack more small applications efficiently into large instances.”

Adrian is the Vice President of Amazon Web Services and has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. For AWS he’s particularly interested in working closely with customers around their use and creation of open source projects and will continue to engage with developers and executives via conferences and summits around the world.

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8. Rajnish Verma

President & CEO, Hortonworks

Rajnish Verma, President and CEO, Hortonworks on Application Containerization

Mr. Rajnish Verma, also known as Raj, has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Hortonworks, Inc. since January 16, 2017. Mr. Verma is responsible for advancing Hortonworks’ global sales strategy and execution and oversees sales, sales engineering, channel, professional services, training, and marketing. He is an experienced enterprise sales veteran who has more than 20 years of enterprise sales and marketing leadership to Hortonworks.

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9. Annie Hedgpeth

DevOps Engineer, 10th Magnitude

Annie Hedgpeth, DevOps Engineer, 10th Magnitude on Application Containerization
“I originally thought that it would take more mastery of the other topics [before getting into containers], but I’m working on Docker right now, and it’s more accessible than I thought it would be.”

Annie is a Cloud Automation Engineer at 10th Magnitude, a public speaker, and consultant. She focuses on accelerating Azure cloud adoption through automation and DevOps. She achieves this through configuration management with Chef, provisioning infrastructure with ARM templates and Terraform, and compliance automation through InSpec.

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10. Adrian Mouat

Chief Scientist, Container Solutions

Adrian Mouat, Chief Scientist, Container Solutions on Application Containerization

Adrian is a knowledgeable software developer with unrivaled container experience. He is currently specialised in Cloud Native and Container technologies as the chief scientist at Container Solutions. Adrian also wrote “Using Docker: Developing and Deploying Software with Containers” for O’Reilly.

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11. Holger Mueller

VP & Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

Holger Mueller, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research on Application Containerization
“Probably the hottest area in building next generation applications these days is microservices, running on containers.”

Holger is the VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. His research efforts have included Technology Optimization & Innovation, Data to Decisions, and Consumerization of Technology & The New C-Suite.

Holger is a leading thinker focused on the fundamental enablers of the cloud, IaaS and PaaS, Big Data, Analytics and SaaS development with an emphasis on applicability to the practitioner.

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12. Vidya Vrat Agarwal

Enterprise Application Architect

Vidya Vrat Agarwal, Enterprise Application Architect on Application Containerization

Vidya is an Enterprise Application Architect and author with significant database experience and complete mastery of C# and .NET languages. He is passionate about people, process and technology. Vidya is a published author and reviewer for Apress Inc. among many other publications. He has 15 years of experience in software development, architecture/test, and program management. He is a scrum master and technology evangelist.

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13. Stephen Foskett

Proprietor, Foskett Services

Stephen Foskett, Proprietor, Foskett Services on Application Containerization
“Containers aren’t the new virtualization. Container technology might have some elements in common with hypervisor-based server virtualization, the two technologies are radically different in intent and in practice. ”

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications and is a popular presenter at industry events.

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14. Neal Ford

Application Architect, ThoughtWorks Inc.

Neal Ford, Application Architect, Thoughtworks Inc. on Application Containerization

Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. He thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm.

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15. Adrian Bridgwater

Technology Journalist

Adrian Bridgwater, Technology Journalist
“In the world of chopped up, interchangeable, on-demand, service-based cloud computing, containers make really good sense if we want to be Agile (CAPS A) and move more quickly than with the monolithic computing systems of old.”

Adrian is a freelance technology journalist for Computer Weekly and enterprise software development & data management freelance correspondent for Forbes. He has spent the last fifteen years covering software application development, is also fully conversant with the wider technology market, and regularly covers container technology. Adrian has worked for a variety of well-recognised media brands both online and offline.

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16. Mat Keep

Director, Market & Product Analysis, MongoDB

Matt Keep, Director, Market & Product Analysis, MongoDB

Matt is the Director Product & Market Analysis at MongoDB. He provides high-performance product management, business development, and marketing expertise. He has a proven track record in defining and executing high growth product and go-to-market strategies. Matt focuses on market definition: shaping product strategy and roadmaps by identifying emerging, high growth market segments, capturing user requirements and performing competitive analysis.

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17. David Cross

Director of Cloud Security, Google

David Cross, Director of Cloud Security, Google on Application Containerization
“I’m excited about containers. But when we look at security ecosystem of containers, it’s still pretty immature. There are great things on the horizon, but we still have a long way to go.”

David is the Engineering Director for the Cloud Security and Access Management Engineering product areas in the Google Security and Privacy organization. He leads the public cloud industry through innovation, trust and transparency with next generation platform, application and management security technologies. David is focused on end to end security through the borderless cloud application and data model.

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18. Anna Yong

Director Product Marketing, Hortonworks

Anna Yong, Director Product Marketing, Hortonworks on Application Containerization

Anna Yong is the Director Product Marketing for Hortonworks. She is focused on marketing strategy and leadership of big data cyber security based on Apache Metron. She led a collaborative team for the launch of HDF, a data-flow management and streaming analytics offering based on open-source big data tech Apache NiFi invented within the NSA. She is also passionate about digital content creation with a growth hacker attitude to highlight value prop of technical solutions.

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19. Abby Fuller

Technical Evangelist & Software Engineer, Amazon Web Services

Abby Fuller, Technical Evangelist & Software Engineer, Amazon Web Services
“What are container layers? Layers represent file-system differences. Layers can add up quickly, with big consequences. Reduce layers by using shared base images and limit the data written to the container layer.”

Abby is currently a technical evangelist, software engineer and container fan at Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Amazon, Abby worked for a number of startups, including Airtime and Hailo. Abby is currently pioneering best practices for microservices in the cloud and specifically on Amazon ECS.

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20. Alex Ellis

Principal Application Developer, ADP

Alex Ellis, Principal Application Developer, ADP on Application Containerization

Alex is a Docker captain and principal application developer at ADP. He is highly motivated by learning new technology and finding ways to apply and share it with the local and global software development communities. He was nominated to join the Docker Captains program based on his work creating learning materials and workshops for Docker. He was a speaker at Dockercon 2016 in Seattle and produced a clustered sensor network to protect the data center from tampering and thermal overload.

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Author Razi Sharir, Vice President Products & Marketing

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