Cloud-native apps are designed to exist and perform exclusively within the expansive framework of a virtual computing environment. Components of the software that rely on repetitive processes and predictable outcomes can be placed in virtual modules or containers and deployed across the entire enterprise when and where they’re needed.
Containers solve the problem of getting software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another — say, from a developer laptop to a test environment, or from a physical machine in a data centre to a virtual machine in a public or private cloud. More and more businesses are joining the container “revolution” — the market around this technology is on track to being a $2.7 billion market by 2020.
Containers are a “thing” because no two environments are exactly alike — a fact that can concern and affect companies accustomed to smooth-running processes. For example, you might test using Python 2.8 and then go ahead and try running on Python 3 in production. Such a disparity in environments can have unintended, not to mention annoying, consequences.
But different software isn’t the only issue that bedevils companies. Network topology might be different. Or perhaps security policies are nowhere near alike, or storage situation is different. This is where containers come in — at the point where you need things to run without a hitch. You can only really get this with a container, which bundles an entire runtime environment — an application and all its dependencies, libraries and other various binaries, and all required config files — into one tight package.
How much do you know about containers?
Do you know how much speed and efficiency it can bring to your situation?
Did you know that containers can also be a point of security strength — another layer of protection against cyber-attacks?
If not, you should seriously consider registering for “Containers: The Key to Developing an Agile Business.” In this one-hour webinar on September 11th, Rob Meikle and Trend Micro Technical Director Albert Kramer discuss how containers work, when they should be deployed, and the best way to secure them.
Also covered in this session:
- Benefits and potential drawbacks of cloud and containerization
- The tactical use of containers
- Multiple Deep Security techniques in a single solution