The beginning question to answer is what containers are? Containers are, as their name describes; they are a software container that is filled with standardized software. Everything that you need for the software to run correctly is placed into it. Inside a single container are software code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. This packaging allows container-based applications to be run proficiently, whether the environment is in the Public Cloud, private data center, or a personal laptop.
Are they important?
Containers are important because they are one of the latest developments in Cloud computing. Companies are turning to containers to improve their application lifecycle management. They are looking to modernize their existing app and create new Cloud-native enterprise apps.
Benefits of Containers
Containers are the prepackaged answer to your business’s prayers, and there are benefits that you can see in the results. One benefit is that customers gain the freedom of choice; they can package, ship, and run applications in the Cloud. They can deploy their applications faster because containerization breaks down barriers and allows for faster deployment times and frequency. There is higher speed in the delivery of enhancements, and this helps development teams to create functionality. Containers allow businesses to speed up the delivery of new services, which helps them to reach the market faster. Other benefits include:
- IT operational efficiency
- IT infrastructure reduction
- Consistent environment
- Low overhead
- Can run anywhere
You can reduce costs with containers by reducing licensing costs, increasing workload density on applications, and better utilization of server compute density. Boosting your operational efficiency can be as easy as automating infrastructure into a single operating model. If you are looking for improved security, you can isolate applications from the host system and each other.
Start with One Container
Containers are not complex, but it can feel overwhelming to get the process going. There are three ways that you can get started with containers. First, it is important to migrate and expand the containerizing process. You will need to take your applications and shift them to the Cloud. Think of it as packing up your applications into a box and moving them. There is the option of choosing to start new development with containers, but you can choose to modernize your applications if you are looking to be more aggressive.
Three different Cloud environments can be chosen when figuring out where to run containers. The public Cloud is a multi-tenant environment. The dedicated Cloud provides an infrastructure to the public Cloud; on there, you can meet industry regulatory requirements and do not have to share compute capabilities with others. Lastly, the private Cloud offers safety behind a firewall, and it provides a lot of benefits for Cloud computing.