Within your company's IT staff, you've perhaps been hearing some inside discussion asking "what is container hosting and management?" You'd probably like to have this question answered yourself since no doubt much of the talk about it relates to packing more computer workloads into one server.
The above is the basic way to explain what a container is in the world of the cloud. If you've ever used virtual machines in your business, then you already know some of the limitations these impose. No doubt you've noticed that when you run applications through a VM, you have to use the same operating system for each application.
As a result of the above, you need to buy more hardware and use more data center space to keep up with heavier computing workloads. Plus, it requires hiring more IT staff to manage everything above. Containers are very different from virtual machines. This technology allows you to use more applications on a single server without the extra cost of more infrastructure.Let's look closer at container hosting and how you manage it.
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The Timeline of Container Technology
IT analysts have written passionately about containers over the last few years. Already a couple of years ago, experts discussed underlying problems for virtual machines and having excessive overhead running operating system images for each VM used. Linux became one of the leaders in container technology by providing a way to isolate each application used in a VM. Through Linux, they've paved the way for container hosting becoming the true future of the cloud.
But container technology hasn't always been perfect. When first put into use over a decade ago, they didn't have as much reliability as they do now. However, just like the cloud itself, things have improved exponentially.
So how does container hosting work? If you've had experience with cloud hosting and management, you get many of the same benefits.
Using Container Hosting in Your Company
Container hosting works remotely as all cloud hosts do. This allows you to have a dedicated team monitoring your system at all hours.
Through your management team, you'll be able to access all your applications through a dashboard. Popular container systems like Docker provide intuitive dashboards where you get a complete overview of your containers and nodes. With thorough analytics, you can look into the details of each container and see what's going on at any time.By doing a few simple clicks, you can quickly access any application to your cloud platform. Having this in place lets you bring smarter management to how you work with applications, especially through a development team you have in-house.
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Managing Your Containers
Security is more complex with containers, so continual monitoring through your management team assures safety for each application you use. No longer do you have to focus so much of your time managing extra servers and instead be able to use any application at will without worry about extra costs or downtime.
If you employ a development team in your company, they'll get considerable use out of containers. During software development, they can test applications out on any type of operating system, saving them headaches using only one OS in your VM. From there changes to the containers can be easily deployed to any other environment (QA, Production, Etc.) by developers themselves. If a change to production has an issue, developers can easily restore to a previously deployed container.
Scaling is easy as well, as it is with all cloud systems. This helps you immensely when you have sudden growth in your company.
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