Twenty years ago, software was eating the world. Then around a decade ago, containers started eating software, heralded by the arrival of open source OCI standards.

Suddenly, developers were able to package an application artifact in a container — sometimes all by themselves. And each container image could technically run anywhere — especially in cloud infrastructure. No more needing to buy VM licenses, look for Rackspace and spare servers, and no more contacting the IT Ops department to request provisioning.

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