Within the last five years, we've seen excitement build for technologies like the cloud and The Internet of Things as just two. You've probably heard about container technology in-between those aforementioned topics, yet you've put off learning about it until recently.
Containers relate offhandedly to the cloud, though it provides a whole other level of tech service bringing far more efficiency in running applications.
Containers create an incredible opportunity to streamline your business for years to come. However, you have to know if it's really right for you because it does involve a tech migration.
If you've already migrated to the cloud, you know that it takes some time to move your business content there. It's similar with containers, though the payoff is more than worth it.
What's important is to analyze your business and see if container technology could really improve your operations. When you have to depend on using hefty applications on a daily basis, containers bring various helpful advantages to how your business runs.
Here's 5 things to consider before switching to containers to help you make a more educated decision.
1. Containers Simplify Scaling
Scaling continues to be a major challenge for most organizations. Often times in order in increase the available resources for a specific application require that a new host is launched. Once the host is launched all of the pre requitsites to support the application need to be installed and configured on that server, which can be done manually or by restoring an image on the server. Lastly, traffic to the application needs to be redirected to the newly available resource correctly.
This process is completely reimagined by using containers. Yes, you still need to have the resources available in terms of hosts. However, configuring the host itself is much less tedious of a task. The container has all of the pre requisites for the specific application built in. The container can then be deployed to the server using the amount resources (ram, CPU) specified by the admin. To scale, the admin can just create multiple containers on that one host, or create multiple containers spread across multiple hosts, or what is often referred to as a cluster.
2. Containers Are Different From Virtual Machines
Before you acquire container technology, it's important to know that containers aren't the same as VM's. The major difference being that launching applications straight from the virtual machine requires that it has been configured properly. Restoring a built out image to a VM takes time and the image size can easily greater than 1GB. On the other hand, containers are often times much less than 1 GB in size, but still have all the proper pre requisites built in.
Having this capability makes for a lightweight tool through which application developers can deploy their code. Since all of the pre requisistes required for deployment are built into the container itself, the process is much easier. The VM is still required to launch the containers, as some physical machine is require to run the applications on. The big difference is that once a host is stood up, getting an app up and running on that server is considerably faster than attempting to restore an image.
3. Containers Are a Technology With Proven Success
Google has helped progress many technologies, and you can thank them for proving the worth of containers. They started using containers already a decade ago, and eventually applied them to their search features as proof of how fast and efficient the technology is.
If you need further proof of what containers can do and how fast it's evolving, reading about how Google uses it can inspire you in using this technology for your own business needs.
4. Containers Handle Intense Computing
If you hear the word "lightweight" connected with containers, it's because you can load multiple thousands of containers through one host, or balanced across many hosts. If a container dies, it can re launch in seconds. If a host dies, containers on other hosts can pick up the slack until that host comes back online.
As your company grows, you're going to need a technology helping you run applications without complications. While not all applications need to run through containers, it's important to consider what your workload is to see if this tech can help give you more speed and reliability.
5. You Can Host Your Containers on Any Cloud
All you need to do is select the provider that best fits your needs. Containers can be deployed anywhere. There is no telling where your applications demand may come from, containers allow for easily portability between providers giving your business the ultimate flexability when it comes to hosting.
ContainerShip is an extremely viable platform to take advantage of container technology. Our engineering team can help you quickly migrate your current stack to ContainerShip Cloud. We have built integrations with many of the major providers, making setup a breeze. Spend less time learning about infrastructure and more time developing better applications. ContainerShip will take care of the rest.
To get more information about the benefits of switching to containers, reducing cost, and releasing more software more often, download the Intro To Continuous Delivery With Containers guide.