What are Containers?1
Containers are a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another. This could be from a developer’s laptop to a test environment, from a staging environment into production, and perhaps from a physical machine in a data center to a virtual machine in a private or public cloud.
A container consists of an entire run-time environment: an application, plus all its dependencies, libraries and other binaries, and configuration files needed to run it, bundled into one package. By containerizing the application platform and its dependencies, differences in OS distributions and underlying infrastructure are abstracted away.
What benefits do Containers offer?
Containers have become the de facto approach for application development for several reasons:
- They provide everything the application needs to run, making it simple to automate testing and code promotion to new environments
- Container platforms are easy to automate and treat as code, further integrating the platform with software development
- All this automation makes development, testing and deployment much faster, allowing the business to more quickly adapt to market pressures and take advantage of opportunities
- Containers can easily be moved between container platforms, whether in your data center or between any of the public cloud providers, avoiding lock-in and providing choices
Running a large number of containers in production to support a business workload requires a way to coordinate and keep track of all of those containers. That’s where Kubernetes comes in. Kubernetes and solutions built on top of it like Red Hat OpenShift or Diamanti take care of all that complexity.
What can Evolving Solutions help?
All that flexibility for developers brings some complexity for DevOps and Operations teams. Evolving Solutions can help with challenges such as:
- Permanent data storage for containers to support key workloads like databases
- Data management and protection in a container environment
- Integrating processes and tools for a container environment with your existing enterprise approach
- Monitoring and Security requirements unique to container
- Establishing a production Kubernetes cluster in your data center or with your cloud provider
Our approach is to make your infrastructure as agile and flexible as your developers demand without sacrificing the operational discipline your business needs.
Containers can blur the line between applications and infrastructure. That’s why we partner with our sister company, Keyva, while working with you on container initiatives. We ensure you focus your efforts on the components that will generate the most value for your business while laying the foundation for your future needs.
- Forrester – New Wave Enterprise Container Platform Software Suites (link to: https://www.redhat.com/cms/managed-files/cm-forrester-new-wave-enterprise-container-platform-software-suites-q42018-analyst-paper-f14768-201810-en.pdf)
- Gartner – Prepare for your Containerization Project (link to: https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/prepare-for-your-containerization-project/)
- Gartner – How to choose your Kubernetes Deployment Model (link to: https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-5EYO9EK&ct=180906&st=sb)
- PC Mag – Containers, Explained (link to: https://www.pcmag.com/article/349238/containers-explained)