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Top 7 Advantages of Using Containers

By December 5, 2019 No Comments
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IT is evolving with time. Companies are also spending more money on their IT infrastructure. There are various factors that are affecting the IT budget of companies. Enterprises are spending a lot of money in protecting their data from hackers. Also, most of the companies are adopting IoT devices.

According to a report by Ironpaper, IT spending is rising by 5.5% everywhere. Currently, companies are spending more than $425 billion on enterprise software only.

Organizations are looking for technology that can lower their IT costs. Containerization is a new technology that can help you in lowering your IT costs. It is like standardized containers that are used by the shipping industry. Developers have used the same idea for creating application containers. Your application will come with all the dependencies. It will also contain runtime components. These components will be separated from other important processes.

Virtual machines generally consume a lot of system resources. Containers are very lightweight when compared with VMs. It will also help you in avoiding various environmental differences like network security, OS and SSL. These environmental differences generally lead to system crashes due to incompatibility.

Most of the big companies like Google and Amazon are offering container software. Some of the advantages of using container technology are:

  1. Platform Independent

The biggest advantage of using Containerization is that the applications are platform-independent. A container will already contain everything that the application needs. It will come with various configuration dependencies and files. This will allow you to run your application on any computer you want. You can run applications on your physical server, local desktop or virtual server. Cloud users can also run their applications on private or public clouds. This offers great flexibility to organizations. Containers will also help you in speeding up the development process. You can easily switch from one cloud provider to another cloud provider. Also, you don’t need to worry about installing a different operating system in your system.

  1. Efficient

You don’t need any separate OS for running your applications. Thus, containers will use fewer resources. VMs can take a lot of your computer resources. You need more than 1 gigabyte of hard disk for running your virtual machine. On the other hand, you only need a few megabytes for running your containerized application. Thus, you can run several containers on a single machine. Containers also have a high utilization level. Hence, containers are more efficient. It will help you in simplifying and reducing your regulatory compliance costs.

  1. Effective resource sharing

You can run many containers on one server. Thus, they also use the same pool of resources. But, these applications will never communicate with each other. If one of your application crashes, then other applications will still keep running. They won’t face any technical issue. This will also help you in decreasing the security risks. Hackers can hack into your whole network by hacking into any application. But, if you are using containerization then hackers can’t use hacked applications for connecting with your network. Thus, it won’t have any effect on other applications.

  1. Speed

Containers are lightweight when compared to VMs. You can start them in a fraction of seconds. If you are using VM, then you need to boot an operating system first. Also, you need to set up various things before running your VM. You can destroy or create new containers in seconds. Also, you can replicate applications in seconds. This will help allow your developers to work more effectively. It will also help you in improving your customer experience. Your developers can act quickly. This will help them in fixing bugs quickly.

  1. Reproducibility

If you are using containers, then your application file systems will remain the same throughout the development phase. Version control will replace configuration management. This will help you in managing the different versions of your applications.

This will allow your developers to work more quickly. It will also increase the flexibility and efficiency of your applications. Your IT team doesn’t need to install VMs for testing their applications. Also, they don’t need to debug your application separately for every platform.

  1. Easy to operate

In normal virtualization, you need various VMs for testing your applications. These VMs consume a lot of your system resources. If you are using container technology, then you don’t need to worry about installing any OS. Your application will be isolated from your operating system. Thus, you can run your applications on your normal systems. Your developers can quickly apply security patches and updates. This will also increase the productivity of your developers.

  1. Improved productivity

There are many benefits of using container technology. A container will make sure that your application can run on any platform. You don’t need to code separately for every platform. This will also remove any environmental inconsistency. Thus, the debugging and testing process will become much easier. Your developers don’t need to devote hours to testing and debugging applications. All they need to do is test the application in their local system. Also, they can update your applications. You can destroy and create new containers in second. Thus, you can save a lot of your time. Tools like Docker also offer various features like version control. This will allow you to roll-out new updates.

Conclusion

Most of the companies are moving to container technology. It allows the developer to focus on more important tasks. They don’t need to worry about testing your applications in a different environment. Also, you can create or delete containers in seconds. This will help you in saving your valuable time. Your developers can focus on producing more innovative products. If you want more information about container technology, then you can contact Bleuwire.

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