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The tendency is to think that new ways of building systems will be the way that we build systems for years to come. While that hasn’t been the case in the past, it could be the case with containers. If you are down the path of a Cloud journey, containers can enhance your strategy for the future.
Containers deliver a standard, useful enabling technology and provide a path to application architecture that offers both managed distribution and service orientation. We’ve been trying to reach this state for years but have yet to succeed.
Perhaps what’s most compelling is the portability advantage of containers, and that remains the battle cry of container technology providers these days. However, it’ll be years before we really understand the true value of containers, as we move container-based applications from cloud to cloud.
A Financial Services (lending) client in Utah employed us to plan, architect, and deploy containers that resulted in the following benefits:
- Reduced complexity through container abstractions.
Containers don’t require dependencies on the application infrastructure. Thus, you don’t need a complex native interface to deal with platform services
- Leveraged automation to maximize portability.
Automation replaced manual scripting. These days, it’s much more difficult to guarantee portability when using automation
- Benefited from better security and governance, external to the containers.
Security and governance services are platform-specific, not application-specific. Placing security and governance services outside of the container significantly reduces complexity.
- Provided product development and speed through distributed computing capabilities.
This is due to the fact that an application can be divided into many domains, all-residing within containers. The portability aspect of containers means they can execute on a number of different cloud platforms. This allows engineers to pick and choose the platforms that they run on, based upon cost and performance efficiencies
- Provided the automation services that leverage policy-based optimization.
There needs to be an automation layer that can locate the best platform to execute on, and auto-migrate to that platform. At the same time, it must automatically deal with needed configuration changes.