If you are like most people, the concept of a software container is difficult to wrap your head around. Simply put, a container is a unit of software that packages up code along with everything needed to run an application. It’s unique because of its independence. A container contains the application code, runtime and system libraries, among other tools to run the application.
Containerization enables you to create and deploy applications faster and more securely than traditional methods. Its independence provides users with improved flexibility, efficiency and cost savings when building an IT environment.
Containers can be used in combination with virtual machines (VMs) in order to offer a company more flexibility in managing its IT infrastructure. Containers are also very portable. Developers can move applications from one server to another without anticipating integration issues between operating systems. In the same way one single computer can become multiple computers through virtualization, one single OS can become multiple OS’s to be used for application development and deployment through containerization.
One of the key benefits of containerization is efficiency in processing workloads. Unlike VMs which require its own software and operating systems, containers share resources from the host operating system. This results in faster processing ability utilizing less processing power.
Containers significantly reduce the amount of memory needed to process your workloads and users can utilize much smaller container packages compared to virtual machines. A container is also self-documenting. This means that IT staff do not have to spend valuable time repeating configuration processes which saves time and money.
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