What Is Containerization and Why It Matters?


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Containers have been in existence for the past 3 decades and their popularity has only been exponentially rising. This has become more apparent since the emergence of Docker in 2013 along with associated tools like Kubernetes. Containers are now a senior-level enterprise consideration for any business willing to augment their portability, consistency, flexibility, scalability, and faster time to market. As such, the prospect of using a container-based IT approach can prove highly beneficial for businesses. This article is brought to you by Unique solutions - a leading provider of ‘container as a servicesolutions in Kubernetes, Docker, and other leading container platforms.

What is a container?

A container is a standard unit of software that contains the code and all its supporting files so the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another. A Docker container image is a lightweight, standalone, executable package of software that includes everything needed to run an application: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. Generally, Images become containers at runtime while in the case of dockers, images become containers when they run on the docker engine. 

The advantage of containerized software is that it will run the same way it runs on a native system, regardless of the hosting environment & operating system - be it Linux or Windows. This is possible because containers isolate the software from its environment and ensure that it works uniformly despite differences between development and staging or any other. 

Why are containers important?

Containerization has been deemed to be one of the most strategic developments in the evolution of cloud computing. With capabilities such as continuous integration and delivery, many organizations, large and small, are looking at containers as a means to improve application lifecycle management. Additionally, the implementation of certain containers conforming to the principles of open-source is appealing to organizations skeptical of being locked-in to a specific vendor. 

Containers also form the foundation of a private cloud and as was the initial case with cloud computing, are becoming a game-changer for many organizations. Private cloud becomes the platform of choice to deliver the security and control required while simultaneously enabling the consumption of multiple cloud services. This is particularly relevant where organizations are running both existing application workloads and new application workloads in the cloud. In a nutshell, Containers help an enterprise

  • • Modernize their existing applications
  • • Build new cloud-native applications
  • • Open a data center to work with cloud services

Unique Solutions - Container as a service

Unique Solutions provides containerization solutions in Kubernetes, Docker, and other leading container platforms on all popular Linux environments with services such as:

  • • Creation of container adoption roadmap according to Gartner methodology viz. objectives, change management, infrastructure automation proficiency, select best candidate applications for containerization, security policy
  • • Evaluation of computing, storage, and networking platforms based on your container workload pattern
  • • Delivery and installation of the container solution
  • • Set up and configuration
  • • Ongoing support and maintenance

Unique Solutions offers consultancy to businesses looking to take the plunge into containerization, drawing upon a wealth of client experience. We have over two decades of experience in providing high-quality, yet cost-effective, IT infrastructure solutions spanning datacenter, cloud, server, storage, networking, and security. Our solutions also span Campus Networking, Datacenter Networking, and Small Business Networking. You may reach out to us through our website if you have any more queries related to containerization and we shall be happy to help!