The container is the latest trend in application development. Gartner predicts in 2022, almost 75% of the global organization will run the containerized application. This is a drastic increase, compared to 30% in 2020.
This increasing adoption of container technology is not surprising, as containers have several advantages over alternatives such as virtual machines. The smaller container size (about tens of megabytes) makes it more efficient in resource consumption and can be launched more quickly.
Container technology allows developers to package all the application components and dependencies in one package. These packages can be run anywhere without changes, from developers’ personal computers to production systems. However, what exactly are the advantages of containerization in day-to-day business?
A survey from IBM in 2020 shows a few benefits for businesses by adopting container. The three top benefits are to improve application quality, more responsiveness to changes in the market, and faster launch of new products in the market.
Given these benefits, it is not surprising that the majority of respondents who have adopted containers (61%) use them for most of their new applications (50% or more). They also plan to further containerize the application. Around 64% will apply containerization to 50% or more of their existing applications.
Improving Application Quality with Containers
One of the positive impacts of application containerization is the ease of software testing, as well as quality assurance. The testing process is made easier by eliminating the need to take into account the environmental changes that may occur when an application is transitioned from a development to a test and production environment.
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The container is also a technology that facilitates microservice architecture. With microservices, a complex application is broken down into simpler components, which can be developed and updated separately. This architecture is not only more stable but also easier to develop. This stability and ease of development in turn improve the quality of the application.
Launch New Products Faster
To speed up the product development process, more and more businesses are adopting a method known as Continuous Integration or Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CI/CD). This method utilizes automation to speed up the compilation, testing, and final stages (production).
Although this CI/CD method can be used with virtual machines, containers are more optimally used to speed up product development methods. Therefore, the use of containers in the development of new products will accelerate their launch in the market.
Respond Quickly to Changes in the Market
In the competitive market, a product development team should be responsive to the changes and demands of customers. Businesses that cannot meet customer demands and respond quickly to market changes will fall behind their competitors.
To be more responsive, product teams need to be able to develop new features, conduct testing and rollouts in shorter cycles. As in new product launches, containers are the basic technology for achieving this capability.
Companies that want to get the benefits from container technology as described above, can subscribe Deka Harbor service from Lintasarta Cloudeka.
Deka Harbor is a Managed Container as a Service solution that can help application developers to manage their applications on Cloud services. With Deka Harbor, application developers will find it easier to upload, launch, and manage containerized applications.
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