First, I want to apologize for not getting back to you all regarding various ideas and suggestions. Some of them are actionable and some not right away but I am working through them and will get back to you so please be patient.
I had more than one person ask about docker so I will address this publicly here. There are three different options. On the Docker Store site there is the Community Edition which has a license that basically forbids it’s use in an environment like ours, and there is their commercial version which is $70/node per month which is insane and cost prohibitive so we can’t do that. The remaining option is virtually every Linux distribution has some incarnation of it with varying degrees of being complete and up to date. Since this is the only cost effective option it is the one I am going with.