If your organization has been leveraging a myriad of cloud computing benefits, one question may arise: how do you more easily, reliably - and securely - run software, applications, and dependencies from one computing environment to another? Cloud containers can provide a solution, but they raise a few questions of their own. Let’s find some answers.
Think of shipping containers. Their standardized sizes and configurations make it easy to safely pack and ship items - from smartphones and sneakers to furniture and mixed lots. Trying to pack these onto open pallets and stick them on a ship would be a logistical nightmare, not to mention it would elevate the risk of damage and loss.
Now, a cloud container is essentially the same idea. You can bundle most of your software/application codes and dependencies into a single container (just not the full operating system, software, and software your software relies on). This bundle enables you to run your software/application codes and dependencies anywhere. And like a cargo ship, you can fit multiple containers into a single computer. Unlike virtualization machines (VMs), there is only one operating system on the server, and the containers communicate with it directly.
What does this mean for your organization?
Containers can transcend virtual environments, bare metal servers, and public clouds like AWS, Azure, Google, and vSphere. Here's the top five (5) benefits we're seeing with our customers who adopt containerization include:
From simplifying operations to quickly applying security patches and updates to improving developer productivity and enhancing security, cloud containers can help your organization achieve a variety of mission-critical goals.