Definitions From A Developer: What Is A Container

Definition From A Developer: What Is A Container?New arrivals on the infrastructure landscape aren’t only meant to expand on an already abundant collection of catchy abbreviations and acronyms, they’re also revolutionizing the way people, businesses and technology interact on a daily basis. One such relative newcomer to the world of DevOps and IT at large is the Software Development Container.

In a world where an organization’s ability to compete hinges on the agility of its technological advancements, software developers, business managers and users alike are looking for fast, efficient and robust solutions that put them ahead of the pack.

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A software development container provides DevOps Teams with the ability to group applications and their dependencies together, thus making it possible to build software applications in testing environments they can be confident will reflect that of real-world scenarios.

The business case for containerized development

Research by McKinsey found that the top quartile of best-performing companies surveyed were the ones that were able to deploy software three times faster than the rest of the over 1300 respondents. And this trend is set to intensify as competition to be the first to greet Joe Consumer at the door intensifies.

While software deployments are possible without containers, the assurances they bring DevOps Teams around the stability and predictability of new software iterations make them crucial elements to meeting the accelerated demand for business technology. This, in turn, is spurred on by fast-changing markets and the need for organizations to speak to the demands of their respective playing fields.

Build once, deploy anywhere

One of the key benefits of containerized software development is that it allows DevOps Teams to build software applications without the churn involved in multiple deployments across disparate systems. Solomon Hykes, founder of the most popular container software on the market, Docker, puts it this way, “You're going to test using Python 2.7, and then it's going to run on Python 3 in production and something weird will happen. Or you'll rely on the behavior of a certain version of an SSL library and another one will be installed.”

Containers remove the burden of catering to factors and allow the IT organization to focus on delivering business-enabling technology instead of pulling copious levers to get systems up and running.

Bringing Dev and Ops into sharper focus

Containers also allow developers to more easily perform administrative and configuration tasks such as load balancing and resource scaling, thereby removing the dependence on IT Ops for configuration changes to optimize deployments. Additionally, with organizations looking to reduce silos and align goals, processes and outputs more effectively, containers provide a common framework that brings Development, Operations, Security and Quality Assurance (QA) Teams closer together.

The technology takes a serious load off IT Ops, who typically cater to the demands of the business and Dev Teams. In contrast to virtualized environments, containers abstract so much of an application’s dependencies that it removes more layers of friction that stand between development and deployment.

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Will container technology replace virtualization entirely?

Not likely. Containers are more of a natural next-step in the continued abstraction of IT infrastructure and we can expect the technology to continue to evolve over the next few years. For CIOs and other tech pros, containers don’t spell the death of your current implementation, but provide an opportunity to expand your ability to provide technology at the rate, efficiency and reliability commensurate with the needs of the business.

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