I am little late to the party but I finally got a chance to play around with Docker. This technology is built on top of LXC, a virtualization environment that offers "near-native" performance for applications. Unlike a traditional Virtual Machine, it does not run a separate kernel nor it simulates computer hardware. But like a VM, it provides resource isolation - enabling applications to take advantage of independent and portable self-contained environments with very minimal overhead.
So why is this technology so important? Well, just to name a few :
- It can provide standardized and repeatable deployment models for applications
- It can simplify management of development, testing and production environments
- It can automate application assembly, workflow, dependency management, etc.
- It can help streamline auto scaling of applications
There are many other use cases for Docker. It is particularly interesting when building microservices infrastructure. However, for this example, let's look at a more traditional development workflow.
Example Dev/QA Use Case
Developers and QA often need to test a fresh installation of a server application - In this example, I am using the Pentaho BA Server 5.3 Community Edition.
A typical workflow involves starting from a vanilla server, installing package dependencies, downloading the latest product binaries, loading the default database, etc.
But we all know this could get very time consuming when testing different server configurations - perhaps you need to test the application against different database servers; perhaps against an older version of the Java Runtime, etc.
This is when a tool like
Docker could really help automate the tasks required to quickly set-up a test environment.
Consider this sample
FROM tutum/ubuntu:trusty MAINTAINER Rowell Belen firstname.lastname@example.org # Add a repo where Oracle JDK7 can be found. RUN apt-get update RUN apt-get install -y software-properties-common RUN add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/java # Auto-accept the Oracle JDK license RUN echo oracle-java7-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections RUN apt-get update RUN apt-get install -y oracle-java7-installer # Install supervisor RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y supervisor RUN mkdir -p /var/log/supervisor # Install useful command line utilities RUN apt-get -y install man vim sudo RUN apt-get install -y bash-completion RUN apt-get install -y libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 libxtst6 # Install networking tools RUN apt-get -y install net-tools dnsutils # Install postgres RUN apt-get -y install postgresql-9.3 # Add pentaho user RUN useradd --create-home -s /bin/bash -G sudo pentaho RUN sed -i.orig 's/%sudo.*/%sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL/' /etc/sudoers RUN cp -rvT /root /home/pentaho RUN chown -Rv pentaho:pentaho /home/pentaho # Setup Pentaho Environment RUN echo export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle >>/etc/bash.bashrc ADD psqlfix.sql /root/ RUN /etc/init.d/postgresql start && \ sudo -u postgres psql </root/psqlfix.sql && rm /root/psqlfix.sql ADD psqlfix.sh /root/ RUN sh /root/psqlfix.sh && rm /root/psqlfix.sh # Download and extract Pentaho BA Server package WORKDIR /home/pentaho/ RUN wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/pentaho/Business%20Intelligence%20Server/5.3/biserver-ce-22.214.171.124-213.zip RUN unzip biserver-ce-126.96.36.199-213.zip -d biserver-ce-188.8.131.52-213 RUN rm biserver-ce-184.108.40.206-213.zip # Add/run script to load default tables ADD loaddb.sh /home/pentaho/ RUN chmod +x /home/pentaho/loaddb.sh RUN /etc/init.d/postgresql start && \ printf 'password\n' | /home/pentaho/loaddb.sh # Copy supervisor config COPY supervisord.conf /etc/supervisor/conf.d/supervisord.conf # Add script to start biserver ADD start.sh /home/pentaho/ RUN chmod +x /home/pentaho/start.sh # Redirect Tomcat output ENV CATALINA_OUT /dev/stdout # Start Service EXPOSE 22 5432 8080 CMD /home/pentaho/start.sh && /usr/bin/supervisord
Dockerfile above automates the following tasks:
- Pull down a base Linux server image
- Install the Java SDK and Maven
- Install administrator utilities
- Install and set-up a Postgres database
- Download and extract the Pentaho BA Server
- Load the default database tables
- Run the Postgres database and BA Server on startup
You can find the Docker Repository and instructions here: https://registry.hub.docker.com/u/bytekast/docker-pentaho-ce-5.3/
If you already have Docker installed, just run the command below to grab the image from the Docker Registry Hub:
docker pull bytekast/docker-pentaho-ce-5.3
To start the linux server and launch the BI Server application, run:
docker run -d -p 2222:22 -p 8888:8080 -e AUTHORIZED_KEYS="`cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub`" bytekast/docker-pentaho-ce-5.3:latest
Wait a few seconds and the server should be ready. To check the logs, run:
docker logs $CONTAINER_ID
You can find the sample configuration on Github: https://github.com/bytekast/docker-pentaho-ce-5.3
As you can see, this enables us to quickly and easily provision a fresh installation of Pentaho BI Server CE on demand.
Pretty cool, huh?