As your organization’s IT footprint continues to grow, it can become difficult to manage the vast number of applications required to run day to day business operations. From financials, to order management, even HR and payroll, your applications likely consume a huge amount of your IT budget, especially if you are relying on Bare Metal, Virtual Machines, or Cloud Compute to host said applications.
Fortunately, migrating to a containerized environment can help organizations of all sizes, from SMBs to large enterprises, in this situation. Containerization is the packaging together of software or an application with all its necessary components like frameworks, libraries, and other dependencies so that they are isolated in their own “container.” The container acts as its own independent computing environment surrounding the application. By containerizing an application, it can be moved across platforms and infrastructures, because it has everything it needs to run successfully within it.
The primary benefit of containerizing is creating a portable or “lightweight” environment. When you containerize, you eliminate the need for a separate operating system for each container and allow software and applications to run the same on any infrastructure. Not only does this help to reduce compute costs, but it also makes development and deployment of apps across operating systems much more simple. Some other benefits include: