Interest in container technologies keeps growing; and when you consider the wide range of benefits they provide, it’s not surprising. Big names like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have relied on containers to support their massive ops for years, but smaller companies and startups are only now starting to realize their potential.
Scalable, cost-efficient, and reliable, containers are transforming IT operations, making them more agile and lean. If you’re a small business, you ought to be thinking about tapping into them. Here’s why:
Containers perform at the speed of business
In a time when a minute’s wait can mean the difference between winning or losing a customer, companies have zero tolerance for downtime. Slow backend systems with complex dependencies make delivering technology to the business cumbersome. Containers not only boot up in a matter of seconds, but also migrate across systems with ease. This is due to their light weight compared to VMs, as well as their independence from underlying operating systems and hypervisors.
Containers hold only the applications and their associated code, runtime, system tools, and system libraries, while sharing the operating system’s kernel and appropriate bins or libraries. This makes containers extremely agile and moveable across various platforms, giving businesses unmatched capacity to scale on a minute’s notice without giving much thought to resource restrictions.
They’re a SaaS company’s best friend
Thanks to containers, SaaS companies can host, distribute, and replicate their software services far more easily. As more companies look at cloud platforms to host their software investments, SaaS companies are leveraging containers to provide their clients with agile applications that perform, scale, and distribute according to fast-changing demands. Software developers are also using containers to introduce new features to software products in record times, while using snapshots of live environments to fix code and bugs in near real-time. CIO Insight found that developers increased their frequency of software updates and feature releases by 21 percent thanks to their use of container technologies.
The cloud is gearing to become the central repository for the world’s software containers
As mentioned, software giants have been using container technology for years now and major cloud service providers have already prepared their environments to play nice with containers. As such, companies in the process of adopting cloud solutions can use this opportunity to leverage the power of containers as they start abstracting their technology investments. For businesses with smaller budgets, this is a great way to reduce operational expenses while building more secure, robust, and agile business systems.
To find out how you can get started with containers, or how you can manage them more effectively, have a look at our Configuration Management vs. Containers eBook. It’s packed with useful information in an honest, easily digestible format.