Letter from the editor

Hello Increment readers,

On a beautiful early spring day in New York City, I overheard some neighbors chatting about the Evergreen, the now-infamous container ship that stole hearts, sparked memes, and threw a veritable wrench into global trade when it ran aground in the Suez Canal this March. They were fascinated not just with how the ship might get moving again, but with the sheer number of shipping containers impacted, and just what, exactly, might be inside all those containers.

Of course, they weren’t talking about the containers a software engineer is likely to use, but while working on this issue—which marks four years of Increment—any discussion involving containers as a conduit for curiosity and conversation would naturally catch my attention. 

In this issue, we don’t explore any nautical misadventures, but we do examine the container ecosystem’s scope, scale, and panoramic possibilities. Among other things, you’ll find practical considerations around containerization, as in Nočnica Fee’s primer on core container technologies and their use cases and Liz Rice’s discussion of container security; an interview with Kubernetes co-creator Joe Beda; and some grounding perspective from Tramale Turner on how sometimes good leadership can be the best container migration strategy of all. 

Will these articles solve the logistics challenges of future cargo ships traversing the aforementioned waterway? Probably not. But they may offer insight and direction should you have containers on your mind.

All the best,

Sid Orlando
Editor in Chief

P.S. If you picked up this issue in print, might you be looking to check your crossword answers?

Thanks to our contributors for this issue

Editor in Chief

Sid Orlando

Managing Editor

Rebecca Hiscott

Contributing Editors

Meghna Rao, David Wolinsky

Copy Editors and Fact Checkers

Laura Entis, Lauren Vespoli

Additional Site Proofreading

Emma Janaskie, Kate Lee

Technical Reviewers

Isaac Diamond, Pete Keen, John Millikin, Matt Moriarity, David Noël-Romas, Ryan Orbuch, Leticia Portella, Graham Rhodes, Brendan Ryan, Sayan Samanta, Jacob Scott, Adam Sorkin, Cory Watson


Safia Abdalla, Ipsita Agarwal, Husayn Arrah, Frederic Branczyk, Brendan Burns, Nočnica Fee, Ayden Férdeline, Glenn Fleishman, Michael Hausenblas, Stefan Kruger, Andrew Leonard, Liz Rice, Amit Saha, Nina Schiff, Ifeoluwa Sobogun, Chris Stokel-Walker, Tramale Turner, Lucy Wyman

Creative Director

Justin Pervorse


Mercedes Bazan


Joan Alturo, Mercedes Bazan, Cornelia Li, Priya Mistry, Justin Pervorse, Myriam Wares

Cover Art

Cornelia Li

Distribution and Logistics

Melissa Contreras, Bobby Kessner

About the author

Sid Orlando is editor in chief of Increment. She lives in New York City where she is friends with every bodega cat.


Artwork by

Cornelia Li



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