Shibboleth Idp3 as docker install on AWS

Alex Poulos mapoulos at
Thu May 14 14:27:45 UTC 2020

The main benefit for any deployment, IdP included, is that you have a
single immutable artifact that contains most of your environment
(code+config instead of just code). This makes testing things in different
environments (locally, dev, qa, prod, etc.) easier. Deployments are
generally easier too: you update a parameter specifying the new container
tag and the orchestration software (docker swarm/amazon ecs/kubernetes vel
sim.) takes care of deploying the new code/config in whatever manner you
desire. Roll backs are also easier: just deploy the old container.

All of this is achievable with other means (puppet, ansible, etc...). But
containers are a particularly good way to go about it.

On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 8:56 AM Joseph Fischetti <
Joseph.Fischetti at> wrote:

> I'm genuinely curious, because I've seen plenty of discussion about
> running the IdP in docker.
> What's the benefit?
> I understand many of the benefits of docker in general.  I don't see how
> those fit into an IdP deployment.
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