As the cloud industry continues to transform the business sector, a tide of change is expected to disrupt the digital world via cloud containerization. Containerization offers businesses a streamlined, easy-to-deploy and secure channel to implement infrastructure requirements, with cloud containers boasting the ability to host contemporary cloud applications that are portable, discoverable and shareable. The combination of advantages and ease of use on offer certainly position containers are the next big thing.
Containerized cloud computing can fix issues that arise due to shipment of codes from one platform to another, and assist in assembling applications from components. This results in faster tests and deployment of codes into production, made possible by eliminating the need to recreate applications in different environments via recompilation and repeated configuration. It is also easier to deploy and scale through containerization since it works as a catalyst for Programmable Infrastructure.
Their advantages of containerized cloud computing over virtual machines are apparent to an increasing number of businesses on the cloud – they don’t need the entire OS to be installed within the container, and a virtual copy of the host server’s hardware. The result? They function on optimum resources, boot quicker, and deliver well.
Businesses across verticals and IT organisations are, and should continue to, adopt cloud containers to transform their processes. Porting workloads from private to public cloud and vice-versa is made easier, while simultaneously eliminating the need for capacity silos and improving demand management. Containers can pare down the number of Virtual Gold images and act as a virtual appliance. They also improve the cloud infrastructure and enable DevOps.
The primary business advantage is a higher rate of consolidation compared to that of fat hypervisor-based virtualization:
- Businesses can run two to four times more server instances with containers on the same hardware.
- Containers can also give an edge over other cloud service providers by reducing the hosting server capex to up to 75% for the same application density.
- Problematic lightweight containers can be intercepted in seconds without impacting other enterprise systems. This means that errant bugs, which can threaten security, are minimised.
- Cloud containers improve productivity by decreasing the deployment speed from weeks to minutes. They also allow addition of new features, enhancements and option to roll back changes.
- Since containers improve consistency by separating applications from the environment in which they run, they enable quick and effective deployment of containerised apps across cloud, data center or an individual device. This isolation also lets applications run consistently, regardless of whether they are deployed inside or outside the cloud, and gives the much-needed agility to smaller forms to scale up services.
The Way Ahead
With the growing need for change in the applications and other challenges, it is time for that businesses that haven’t recognised container potential to begin deploying cloud containers. Cloud containers can plug the functional gaps and allow developers to focus on the application logic and dependencies, without worrying about application versions and configurations.
In a nutshell, containers are a silent revolution, supporting enterprises with their portability and standardization. As adoption continues to grow, expect more opportunities to emerge for application intelligence and performance correlation.