How Container Technologies Are Transforming the IT Landscape

Container and Docker technologies represent a new economic reality that keeps the developer at the center of the IT revolution from big-sized machines to app-driven systems. Calling it a shift from heavily weighed machine to lightweight technologies is not wrong.

From manpower to automated systems, that’s apparent in the container and Docker ecosystem in numerous ways.

Here are just a few reasons why container technology is developing:

  • The need for automated infrastructure and scaled-out distributed resources is increasing gradually.
  • App development is quicker and faster than ever.
  • It has become more about performance and presentation than compatibility.
  • The internet is becoming increasingly automated needs good technologies to work.
  • Open source societies are multiplying and are becoming more commercial.
  • Programming languages are making it hassle-free to create software.

Container and Docker technologies have a long history that makes it easier and more appropriate to design, develop and deploy applications. Containers are single procedures that are now changing into diverse forms. Today there are many new types of containers, orchestration systems, platforms, opensource projects, service discovery tools and schedulers.

Simply put, containers answers the challenge of how to get software to run consistently when shifted from one computing environment to another.

Containers: The Agile Choice

Here’s how containers can help organizations become more agile:

Effortless operations

Contrary to old-style virtualization, where each VM has its OS, containers execute app processes in quarantine from the principal host OS. This means that your host OS doesn’t require particular software to run applications. This makes it easier to organize your host system and rapidly apply security patches and updates.

Platform independence

A main benefit of containers is their mobility. A container provides an application with everything that is needed to run, such as dependencies and configuration files. This allows you to easily run applications on different VMs such as physical servers, local desktop, virtual servers, testing, production environments and private and public clouds.

High productivity

The lightweight tactic of containers means IT professionals can focus on their day-to-day work. At the same time, developers can focus on app logic and dependencies so that operations specialists can handle software deployment and management issues without worrying about app versions and configurations.

Assured security

Containers are independent and don’t interact with each other. This means that if your business is using a series of containers on similar resources and one container smashes, your other containers will keep on working without any interruption. That’s an advantage in terms of security, too. If one container is attacked by hackers, the impact would not affect all series of running containers by your business.

Containers make it hassle-free to reuse the code

At times, it is easier for developers to use code that already is present than to reinvent by writing your code for similar functionality. With the help of this technology, it’s easy to ask for someone else’s code. In a container, you can import quantities of an app from external sources with just a few commands inside the container’s configuration. You can also reuse third-party code straightaway within a non-containerized application’s codebase. However, it would need more effort.

Well, with these above-stated benefits, it is clear that container technologies play a vital role in transforming programming languages but,

How Do Containers Work?

From code to applications, containers enable you to package your app and its dependencies together into one concise evident that can be version controlled, enabling for trouble-free duplication of your app across machines in your cluster and developers on your team.

Similarly, software libraries package bits of code that allow developers to abstract away logic such as user verification and assembly management. This way container technology allows your app as a whole to be wrapped, extracting away the machine and operating system and even the coding itself.

When combined with a service-based design, container use leads to greater agility and efficiency. All this simplifies the process of development, testing, analyzing, deployment and the complete management of your applications.

Which Linux Distros Make a Good Container Host?

Most Linux distributions are needlessly feature-heavy to be used as a container host. However, several Linux distributions have been created especially for managing containers.

Project Atomic Host: This lightweight container OS by Red Hat has versions that are created on Fedora and CentOS, and a downstream enterprise version is available in Red Hat Linux.

Container Linux: Formerly CoreOS Linux, is one of the first lightweight container VM or operating systems specifically built for containers.

Ubuntu Core: This is one of the smallest Ubuntu versions. It is developed as a host operating system for large-scale cloud container deployments and IoT devices.

RancherOS: A streamlined Linux distribution created from containers, specifically for operating and managing containers.

Photon OS: A marginal Linux container host used for optimizing and managing various VMware platforms.

The Final Verdict

In a nutshell, containers are considered to be one of the biggest buzzwords in the IT field. SMEs, startups and enterprises are accepting container technology at a fast rate. Docker is one of the most prevalent containerization platforms, yet to successfully adopt containers you also need to involve a container orchestration system.

Container orchestration system is an automatic process of scheduling or running the work of distinct containers for applications based on microservices within numerous clusters.

Programming language strategy must continuously evolve decoupled from containers. This way, it will help in serving different purposes that will bring new opportunities to enhance production, increase the knowledge and will ease down developer’s fatigue, and will boost both the human and technical growth of your business.

Sourodip Biswas

Sourodip Biswas

Sourodip Biswas is senior editor, at Space-O Canada, a company having expertise in software and mobile app development. He believes that learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. His work has been published on various distinguished blogs across the web.

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