Blue chip organizations like Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Facebook, are investing in the container technology. Pokemon Go, a huge success story of 2016, raked in $600 million of revenues in just three months with over 20 million daily users a day. How was it able to manage such a swift performance? The app had Google Container Engine (GKE) at its back.
This shows why the cloud industry is buzzing about containers infrastructure technology. On a basic level, container technology enables you to create separate space for each application installed on your virtual machine. This isolated environment allows an application to perform at its best without disturbing the other installed application.
Container technology is designed to support many applications and processes at the same time, without colliding with each other. An interesting element of containers is that they sense resource consumption, and automatically scale up the resources to ensure the site remains live.
So How Is Container Technology Different From Virtualization?
Containers are more portable, need less memory space and have a speedier load time than virtual machines. They are relatively lightweight when compared with virtual machines because of their Linux OS. You can count on container technology for hosting many different applications.
Virtual machines, although capable of operating many different operating systems, need a full version of an OS within them along with a virtual copy of the host’s hardware. Another difference among both of these server infrastructure technologies is their resource handling capacity. Virtual machines manage all the resources under a mapped threshold. Container, in contrast, enhances its resources like RAM, Processor, and Storage, when needed. The only concern about container technology, on a small scale, is its security.
Why Do Businesses Need To Embrace Container Technology?
All companies need efficient use of resources. Container technology makes sure that all the hardware, application and infrastructure resources are efficiently used. Budgeting stays the first concern of every organization and with container technology, effective use of budget is possible because the technology is economical. Businesses which are into managing many applications should prefer container technology due to its multitasking capabilities.
Google is already using container technology for powering its search engines. “Everything at Google runs in a container,” Joe Beda, a senior staff software engineer at Google, explained at a Gluecon conference back in 2014. “We start over two billion containers per week.” Yes, even if at this old pace, Google have had started more than 40,000 containers by the time you reached to this point in the article.
If a giant like Google is using containers at this massive pace, then these signs signal towards a definite advantage about why businesses should start embracing containers. Embracing the container technology, organizations like Cloudways, have integrated container-based cloud hosting within its managed cloud hosting platform. This integration, backed by Kyup containers, opens up a pack of opportunities for enterprises looking for auto-scalable solutions.
Is Container Technology the Ultimate Solution for Ecommerce Stores?
Suppose you have launched a promotional campaign on your online store and you receive excellent response with the large volume of traffic. In this situation, if your server is on non-container infrastructure, it might go down. In turn, crashing your online store. Considering the statistic, that a second delay in the loading time of online store results in loss of $2.5 million a year, imagine how much you will lose if your site crashes.
Now, if you would have deployed container technology, your server would not have gone down. Container infrastructure detects when a server is getting overcrowded and it automatically scales your resources successfully, avoiding any glitch. Container technology can prove fruitful for ecommerce store owners and if not the ultimate, Container technology is currently the top available solution for ecommerce stores.
Future of Container Technology
Docker, the company responsible for making containers a force to be reckon with, has been busy in making the container systems more efficient for the future. Speaking about Container Technology and Docker, open source technologist, Ben Lloyd Pearson, said:
Docker has been designed in a way that it can be incorporated into most DevOps applications, including Puppet, Chef, Vagrant and Ansible, or it can be used on its own to manage development environments. The primary selling point is that it simplifies many of the tasks typically done by these other applications.
According to a research, Fortune 500 companies in the United States are expected to switch towards container technology. Containers are becoming the priority of tech giants and are particularly preferred by the majority of ecommerce store operators, with ecommerce industry estimated to grow by $370 billion.
During the past two years, there has been a rapid growth in the usage of container technologies based solutions. Most of the major cloud providers have announced container technologies integrations. Moreover, a number of startups have also been founded in this area as well. With the passage of time, businesses are going to rely on systems that are faster, leaner, and efficient. Therefore, more and more developers are going to come forward and make use of the container technology to provide scalable solutions for the future.
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