Can containers as-a-service make anyone a developer?


Companies who can’t afford to hire yet another developer may soon re-purpose their regular business folk as part-time DevOps specialists.

They can do it with development services and rotten tomatoes, according to Siddhartha Agarwal (pictured), vice president of product management and strategy at Oracle Corp.

“Line of businesses want to fail,” he told John Furrier (@furrier), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, at SiliconANGLE’s Palo Alto, CA, studio. “What I mean by this is they want to try 15 different things. And they know that only two or three of those will succeed.”

In the past, business people and developers would think an application to death before finally deploying it, only to discover the bugs much later. Now, containers as-a-service simplify development so that a cycle of trial and error can be completed much faster, Agarwal explained.

“Containers are going to become much more popular than VMs [virtual machines],” he stated.

The challenge with containers at present is that they require orchestration, which can get tedious if developers have to handle it themselves. Developers would rather not worry about these things and focus more on the consumer-facing side of the app.

“That’s what we’re delivering with our application-container cloud capabilities at both the PaaS layer and the iOS level,” he said.

Development democracy

Using these simplified development services, Agarwal said, “These line of business folks are themselves going to become developers.” The iteration cycle will also make customers a part of the development team by adding their feedback into the recipe.

Readers can go to to find out more about Oracle’s work on these services.

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