Gartner believes more than 70% of enterprises will be running more than two containerized applications by 2023. Containers can provide a new tech approach & enable a smoother roadmap for digital transformation to organizations.
Ready to dive head-first into the Container Technology? Let’s first break it down
The container technology is just exploding onto the application development arena to accelerate the delivery of applications, especially when it comes to cloud computing. Containers have stirred up how enterprises do software development inside and outside of the cloud, saving time and energy. Why is it that business organizations are responding to it in a big way?
What are Containers?
A Container comprises of all the necessary executables, binary code, libraries, and configuration files. They are a form of operating system virtualization to run anything, whether it is a small micro service or a larger application. The absence of operating system images gives them the edge, making them more lightweight and portable, with considerably less overhead.
In large scale application deployments, multiple containers clusters are deployed managed by an orchestrator like Kubernetes.
Container Ecosystem continues to gain the Clout as they take on Hybrid-Cloud Data
Containers are gaining the clout- thanks to their lightweight and portable nature, providing unparalleled flexibility compared to the Virtual Machine (VM) implementation.
Today, containers can help enterprises manage their applications and data in a hybrid cloud environment in effective ways that other approaches just fail to deliver. Containers have increasingly become a cynosure of the hybrid toolkit as they provide immense benefits like the cloud while providing deployment flexibility. Using container-based data lakes as part of your hybrid cloud setup, deployment can be as easy as pie.
Container Adoption heats up. Why?
Building, testing, deploying, and redeploying applications on multiple environments from a laptop to an on-premise data center and even to the cloud, containers are unequivocally the way forward for enterprises to be scalable right out of the gate. The key benefits include:
Lower Running Costs – The absence of operating system images enables containers to utilize fewer system resources than traditional or hardware VM environments.
Enhanced Portability – Experience flexible deployment of applications running in containers to different operating systems and hardware platforms without a hitch.
Unleash Operational Efficiency – Applications in containers will run the same and can be quickly, patched or scaled, no matter where they are deployed.
Improved Application Development – Containers support DevOps missions by accelerating development, test, and production cycles.
Look before you Leap - Container User Cases that you must know
Modernize Application Deployment with ‘Lift and Shift’ – Adopt containers to migrate existing applications into modern cloud architectures and derive basic benefits of operating system virtualization.
Refactor Existing Applications – Refactoring of existing applications is much more methodical than lift-and-shift migration, but it comes with overall benefits of a container environment.
Develop Container-native Applications – Alike refactoring of applications, container-native applications helps enterprises unravel the full benefits of containers.
Microservices Architectures Support – Distributed applications and Microservices can be more easily isolated, deployed, and scaled capitalizing on individual container building blocks.
DevOps Support for Continuous Integration and Deployment – Containers are streamlined to build, test, and deploy from the same container images.
So what should you do now? The game is to plan out your use of containers for the next few years- what you need and what you’re likely to get. Container Orchestration is the next big thing in this arena that unriddles the deployment and management of multiple containers efficiently.