The Shift to Containerisation

If you’ve been paying attention to the software industry in recent years, you’ve likely heard a ton of buzz around “containers.” Today, most teams and developers are trying to build applications using this method, but why all the fuss?

Developers deliver numerous applications with different features and many using different languages, databases, tools, and architectures. This makes managing them very difficult and time consuming, costing businesses a lot of money and making it harder to update applications efficiently.

Enter containerisation. Containers can address these pain points, offering a simple, streamlined way to develop microservices and manage applications.

Software developers can manage an application by utilising containers to manage all necessary components and dependencies. Containers separate concerns within an application to reduce complexity of services and simplify the code dependencies. And because containers can be managed individually, they can be sized appropriately, allowing you to run multiple on a single server. They can also be scaled across servers. That’s a far cry from earlier days of software development, when a server could only hold a single application.

Containers allow companies to get more bang for their buck, allowing organisations to use their data center or cloud resources more efficiently, meaning you can have as many as four-to-six times the number of server application instances versus traditional architecture. In addition, containers make it possible for an application to run anywhere. Software developers and DevOps teams can pick the environment that best suits their needs.

Beyond the portability containers provide, they can also eliminate downtime and support continuous operations. By breaking up applications into containers, teams can isolate the location of technical issues and make repairs without having to take related dependencies offline. Being able to provide high availability and increased MTTR is a differentiator in today’s fast-pasted industry, where customers expect issues to be fixed almost immediately and new features to be released on a consistent basis.

Implementation

Container technology has numerous benefits, but implementation can be a challenge. We work with our customers to help implement a variety of microservices architectures, giving IT managers and developers a foundation to better control technical environments and improve flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

Several platforms are developed using Kubernetes, an open-source system for managing the orchestration of your containerized applications. With over a decade of experience as Google engineers, Kubernetes has the knowledge and expertise necessary to take on monumental orchestration tasks, which is why its adoption within IT organisations has grown since its early successes, including Disney’s new proprietary streaming service.

From our perspective, containers are the future of application design and deployment. Implementation can be intimidating, but with it comes less downtime, a shorter application lifecycle, and a more flexible, agile IT environment. With the help of an MSP like Datapipe, IT teams don’t have to face the challenge alone in order to reap the rewards.

Datapipe has joined forces with Rackspace to create the world’s leader in multi-cloud managed services. Learn more about the acquisition here.

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