Integration & IT Modernization

12 Days of DevOps: 3 Software Containers


“On the third day of Christmas, my IT guy gave to me, 3 software containers”

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As software becomes bigger, the need to increase reliability and mobility become more and more important. Recent innovations have seen the rise of containers, which can be described as an encapsulation of discrete components of application logic provisioned with minimal resources to do its job.

Unlike virtual machines, containers have no need for embedded operating systems or calls to one using an application programming interface (API). As you explore what’s being gifted to you in this blog series, here’s why you should consider containers in 2017:

  • Open Source: Much of the core container technology on the market today is open source, supported by the Open Container Initiative (OCI). Developers can access a wide range of components while also adding their own innovations. Additionally, individual containers (as a part of a series) can be overwritten easily, ensuring business continuity.
  • Agile Innovation: Containers are useful for helping organizations isolate applications. Furthermore, they are also lightweight and can be deployed in a single virtual machine, absent of other processes. Developers can easily isolate any issues or challenges needed to maintain application integrity. At the end of the day, cloud instances are also optimized and made efficient with the increased mobility.
  • Standardization: In line with the efficiency of DevOps, containerization increases efficiency. Unlike virtual machines which require individual updates, a set of containers can be updated at once while reducing wasted resources because they house individual applications and libraries.
  • Scalability and Costs: In line with agility, containers also provide scalability and lower costs to end-users. According to insights from Wired Magazine, the implementation of containers can increase scalability anywhere between 10 to 100 times versus that of virtual environments.

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About the Author

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

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