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Brian Christner

Brian's spent a large portion of his career in the casino industry where he made sure the house always won. Brian is a nominated member of the Docker Captain’s program and a seasoned cloud architect.

Test Driving Docker Function as a Service (FaaS)

Serverless is no longer just a buzzword for Docker it is now a reality. Recently, I had the opportunity to test drive the Docker Serverless project or better known as Docker FaaS (Functions as a Service). Fellow Docker Captain Alex Ellis is the mastermind behind the project. Docker FaaS started back in December '16 and I started following the project with excitement shortly after. Since then it has made its way into the popular tech news site of Infoworld and gathered impressive feedback from Hacker News.

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Monitor your GitHub Repos with Docker and Prometheus

GitHub is full of great code, information, and interesting statistics. GitHub repositories are full of statistics that make perfect candidates to graph with Grafana. The best way to graph this data is of course with Docker and Prometheus. Prometheus contains an impressive list of Exporters. These Exporters range from APIs to IoT. They can also integrate with Prometheus and Grafana which produce some beautiful graphs. Docker, Prometheus, and Grafana My base setup for anything monitoring related is the Docker, Prometheus, and Grafana stack. This is the

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Containerize Everything

I discover new software daily. Hacker News headlines, Product Hunt, or during conversations are some avenues of discovery. My curiosity wants to install and test everything. This is neither feasible or manageable for you or your computer's sake. Would you install 10 new software packages on your primary computer every week? Likely not. Installing so much software will cause conflicts, complete organizational chaos, and performance issues. Needless to say, your Network Administrator will be jumping through the roof. What if I told you that you could

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5 Tips to Blog Smarter, not Harder

I started blogging seriously back in 2007. My first successful blog was a motorcycle blog that I intended to write primarily about my motorcycle rides and projects. The blog 2WheelTuesday which was recently deleted morphed into something much greater. It actually morphed into a small business. I learned a lot along the way. I managed writers, worked with advertisers, social media, and most importantly wrote almost daily. I celebrated some really big wins and attracted a large following. The amount of content created and being the

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The Insiders Guide to Docker Serverless

The word Serverless plants a seed in our mind without knowing what it actually is. Are you visualizing empty data centers? Does Serverless mean we are abstracting servers from our infrastructure? Of course not. So what is Serverless and what benefit does it provide? Before answering the Serverless question we need to understand what started the Serverless trend. Amazon announced their Lambda service back in November 2014 which ignited the Serverless buzz. AWS's Lambda is a Functions as a Service (FaaS) or snippets of code designed

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It's a Docker Pull Frenzy

This is a follow-up article on the metrics that were gathered after creating the article Track Docker Hub Metrics and the attention that this gained. I was completely floored when I witnessed the growth rate and how many pulls were actually occurring on the different repositories per hour/day. Let's take a look what's going on. What is a Docker Pull? I'm glad you asked. A Docker Pull is, in essence, a download of an image from the Docker Hub. When a docker run command is

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