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It depends on what you want to do, of course, but the standard tools for software packaging is deb and rpm.

The management tools are fairly decent, and the question "which CVEs are we vulnerable to our production environment" or "were are we still using Java 6" shouldn't be more than a keypress away.

Neither deb/rpm nor containers are an excuse for not using configuration management tools however. Don't believe anyone who says so.

Docker > Chef

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