27 June 2016

Cloud directions: Containerization is coming

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Containerization and microservice architectures figure prominently in the future of the cloud

One often heard buzz word in cloud talk is containerization. Don’t roll your eyes—containers and containerization, and the closely related idea of microservices, are some of the best things to happen in and to the cloud.

Containerization technology aims to deliver the portability of data and applications, a goal which open systems initiatives in IT have pursued for decades. Similar to virtualization, containerization isolates applications from their infrastructural systems, but with greater simplicity and more universal standardization than virtualization has been able to accomplish. As a result, applications would be able to run on any facilitating technology layer of systems software and hardware.

In a simple analogy, the sea would be the underlying infrastructure and ships are cloud platforms. The ships carry standard containers that can be moved and loaded anywhere, in any fashion. The goods in the containers are the applications. In the containerized cloud, containers can be provisioned and managed according to best practices without considering their application content. Applications become more easily discoverable and shareable.

Microservices are coming your way

Containerization makes developers’ lives easier because they do not need to build and recompile their applications for different environments. Containers support microservices performing closely defined, small tasks. System development in a microservice architecture can be modular and continuous, delivering one process or task at a time in short steps. And, because containerization entails independence from underlying technology infrastructures, developers can create their microservices by using the programming tools and databases they prefer. Changes in containerized applications can be much smaller in scale, which makes them easier to test and less risky. What’s more, containers are easy to launch and deploy, allowing rapid scalability. By the same token, decommissioning them is also fast and simple.

The agility and flexibility of the service-based container model prompts Gartner to assert that “containers are emerging as a critical technology” and “microservice architecture is an emerging pattern.” Gartner analysts named service architecture as one of the top-ten technology trends in 2016.

One of today’s leading container solutions is Docker, which we use in solution development at To-Increase. Large cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are partnering with Docker.

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Luciano Cunha
Luciano Cunha,
Luciano Cunha,
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.

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