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What are their Advantages?

We live in a world where applications are constantly changing. Even a brief evaluation of the changes from the past to the present is enough to summarize the transformation and development we are experiencing.

The change in applications began with the Monolithic Scale-Up Client/Server architecture in the 1980s-90s. In this technology, scaling was limited and could be planned vertically.

With the advent of virtualization in the 2000s, scaling became more flexible with virtualization platforms, especially those concerning operating systems and infrastructures. However, achieving end-to-end flexibility was not entirely possible. As software architectures evolved and technology provided more opportunities, we witnessed a shift towards scale-out (horizontal scalability) and stateless container architecture after 2010. As of 2020, this transformation, coupled with the diversification of developers, has evolved into an end-to-end scale-out multicloud stateful container architecture, providing significant flexibility and scalability advantages for service areas.

Container applications fundamentally;

Container applications are essentially executable software units where application code, along with its libraries and dependencies, is packaged in a simple structure that can be run anywhere, including desktop computers, the cloud, and traditional IT infrastructure. This enables the code to run without requiring additional configuration or installation.

Containers are often referred to as "lightweight virtual machines" (VMs) because they use the same operating system as the host computer but only store the application code and the dependencies needed for proper operation. Containers are not a new type of technology; however, their usage has significantly increased in recent years due to the widespread adoption of cloud computing. The ability to package applications and dependencies into containers makes it much easier for software developers and IT administrators to distribute programs in various environments.

Containers offer a range of advantages compared to traditional virtual machines (VMs):

Since containers share the host operating system, they do not need to perform a full boot process every time they are launched. This significantly reduces the startup time. Containers require less memory and storage space than complete VMs because they contain only the application code and dependencies, rather than an entire operating system. This is because containers only contain the code of the application.

If you want to reduce costs while increasing productivity, your company should definitely consider transitioning to container usage.
Container is a key component of the architecture known as "cloud-native," which simply means they work alongside other cloud technologies like serverless computing and microservices. In the rapidly evolving technology market, it's essential to be able to quickly adjust and scale your technological infrastructure in order to compete effectively.

Containers provide a simple method for deploying applications at any time and scaling them according to requirements.In conclusion, containers are highly suitable for use in businesses that are constantly changing. They serve as an indicator of how rapidly the technological world is evolving, while also raising concerns about businesses' ability to adapt to these changes.

If you're still unsure whether your company should transition to containers, here are some reasons to seriously consider it:

1. Security: Containers are much more secure than traditional virtualization because they don't share the operating system (OS) with other containers. Therefore, there's no risk of one container infecting another and spreading malicious software throughout your network.

2. Adaptability: Containers don't require any special hardware or software, so setting them up and customizing them is straightforward. Additionally, you can run them on any device with a Linux kernel, including physical servers, virtual machines (VMs), public clouds, and private data centers.

3.Speed: Since containers don't require heavy virtualization layers or other software, they start and stop very quickly. This allows you to deploy them in seconds rather than minutes or hours.

4. More cost-effective than traditional virtualization: Because containers use less power and take up less space on your servers, running them is much more cost-effective than running classic virtualization.

5. More reliable and secure than traditional virtualization: Containers come equipped with their own security mechanisms, making them more reliable than traditional virtualization. This is because they provide isolation that prevents one container from accessing the data of another container, even if data in the first container is accidentally deleted or corrupted.

Your company should seriously consider learning more about container architecture or incorporating it into your existing infrastructure. This can enhance the productivity of your development process, make your applications more secure, and streamline your overall workflow.

Volkan DUMAN

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