Check out the new Containers CoP

The Containers Community of Practice held its first meeting on Thursday, December 12 in West Hall. Containers are a fast-growing form of virtualization that reduce deployment-stage errors, scale quickly, and are easily portable between hosting platforms. They can be used for web applications and services, computation, and as software development/testing environments.

At the first meeting, the group expressed an interest in training and best practices on the use of containers. Based on this, the January meeting provided an introductory session on containers and container hosting in OpenShift. This provided a baseline for future training sessions. The CoP welcomes all members of the university community at all skill levels and experience. 

Potential subjects for future meetings include:

  • Containers in research settings
  • Debugging, observability and logging
  • Building containers: processes, base layers and and security scanning
  • Containers in conjunction with other Infrastructure-as-code technologies
  • Microservices and service meshes
  • Containers for use with legacy applications

Next meeting details: 

February 5, 2020 2:30-4 p.m.
Arbor Lakes Bldg 3 – South Dome
4251 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105

All meetings are published to the Michigan IT Communities of Practice Meetings Google Calendar.


Free parking is available in the front and rear lots. The university’s North-East Shuttle includes a stop at Arbor Lakes. For more information, please see the shuttle’s Map & schedule.

For more information regarding the CoP, see the Containers Community of Practice website, join the Containers Community of Practice MCommunity Group, or contact Jaime Magiera (LSA) or Chris Kretler (ITS).