Containers on AWS

How often have you found it difficult to run your software on different mediums?

Quite often isn’t it?

It can get really difficult and complicated for developers to run software on different platforms and under different conditions – Containers solve this problem effectively.

Container is basically a virtualized operation system on which software can be run. The highlight– containers help run the software smoothly and reliably when changing from one computing environment to another. In other words, containers are a unit of software that package the code and all its dependencies so software applications can reliably and quickly run across different computing environments

Containers posses all the required executables, libraries, code and files required to run the software. They are portable and lightweight as they do not contain OS images.

Why Containers

These are days when developers work on the move; computing environment can vary from a developer’s desktop to a testing environment, from a physical machine to a virtual one in the cloud and from the staging environment to a production environment. Since containers facilitate building, running and deploying across different computing environments they make a great case for regular usage by developers.

Help developers streamline the process to build, run, test and deploy software applications across the various computing environments
Allow developers to focus on the application logic and their dependencies while letting the operations team focus on management and deployment of applications without much bother Make it way easier to maintain a smoother software development lifecycle

Benefits of Containers

Container technology has gained an unprecedented reputation and is amongst the breed of new-gen technologies that are being fast embraced as organizations look for newer and innovative methods to develop applications in a faster, reliable and secure manner.

Some stats on containers showing the future impact –

Portable: Containers make it easy for applications to be deployed to different computing environments, platforms and operating systems

Lightweight: Containers contribute to lesser overheads since they are lightweight. They require much lesser system resources than other virtual machines and physical systems as they do not carry images of operating systems

Consistent Operations: Since containers provided an insulated environment, applications in containers will run the same no matter where they are deployed – this leads to consistency in operations

Application Development: Containers facilitate better and faster application development as they support Agile and DevOps methodologies

Greater Efficiencies: Containers help achieve greater efficiencies in the software development lifecycle as they allow applications to deployed, patched and scaled in a fast manner

Faster-time-to-market: It goes without saying that containers aid in the DevOps practice to enabling the development and deployment of applications to ensure faster-time-to-market of products