Containerization And Its Business Benefits
by Smitesh Singh, on Apr 19, 2022 8:09:22 PM
- Containerization is the packaging of software implementations with their dependencies to form an independent development environment.
- Containerization facilitates smooth runtime of applications over the cloud or any other platform of choice.
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As businesses attain accelerated growth with technology, various tech-backed operations are enabling ISVs and enterprises to embrace infrastructure improvements. By infrastructure improvements, we mean technology skeleton that supports timely delivery of products, consistent feature additions, along with updates for business continuity. The concept of Containerization comes into the picture here through the app delivery cycle.
So what exactly is Containerization? It is the packaging of all siloed software implementations along with their components including libraries, frameworks, and other dependencies to ensure they form their own independent development environment in a container. This concept enables efficient code management and deployment irrespective of the local machines or the underlying platforms. What are some other benefits of containerization that are encouraging enterprises to invest in this process through their app development process? Let's have a look at them in this blog:
Through the abstraction of apps from the platform or the Operating System, containerization facilitates smooth runtime of applications over the cloud or any other platform of choice. The OS independence and consolidation here help avoid occurrences of inconsistencies that can obstruct an app's functionality. Therefore, apps become highly portable as well as effective while running across servers.
Container technology provides high app scalability. With a service-oriented design for the app, a container can handle higher workloads. This can also be done through reconfiguration of the existing architecture to enable the addition of extra resources through more containers in the distributed machine clusters. The container environment also facilitates the addition of new features, updates, etc. instantly without having any bearing on the actual app. This facilitates application scalability in the presence of minimal resource usage.
3. Expedited Deployments
Containers are ‘lightweight’ due to their ability to expedite the application configuration as well as deployment procedures. The Docker container creates the master version of an app that can be deployed on-demand instantly. A container environment makes room for higher flexibility to create multiple containerized instances in an app as needed on-demand.
4. Improved Productivity
Containers facilitate an environment for rapid enhancements to increase the rate of application development. As portable apps use the source code of the platform for execution, containers empower developers to monitor the changes in the source code of the platform, hence enhancing productivity.
5. Enhanced Security
As apps are independent of the containers they hold, each container has its own security implementations. This isolation enables the sharing of additional features without posing any risk. If there is an offshore development team working on your app, you can share only the necessary resources without compromising critical data in your network.
6. Application Continuity
As each container runs independent of another, an abrupt failure of one shall not interfere with the normal functioning of the app. Developers can, in the meantime rectify the error without posing any continuity challenges or downtime of other containers.
7. Management Simplification
Orchestration tools of the containers are responsible for the management of an application, including tasks like automation of installations, scaling, and container workload optimization. They conduct logging, version updates, debugging, etc., in the apps. Kubernetes is one of the most popular container orchestration tools. There are many such container technology services that can offer your business and gain a competitive edge.
A container can support any kind of application today, even the ones that used to be virtualized or run on native machines earlier. Moreover, numerous other computing paradigms are well-suited to containerization, including databases, microservices, web servers, VM containers, etc. To get started with your containerization initiatives, get in touch with a product engineering services company.