How to avoid the hit-and-miss approach to Containerization
Javed Akthar Khan • January 02, 2020
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Containerization has changed the way
applications are developed, deployed, run, scaled, rolled back and managed. A
2019 study observes the “unabated growth” of Containerization with over 87% of
respondents stating that they are running the technology, up from 55% in 2017.
The study reported 24% of respondents saying they had invested over half a
million dollars a year on Container technology; 17% had spent over one million
dollars a year. Who wouldn’t invest in a technology like Containerization that
allows organizations to move an application from a laptop to test to production
with supreme ease? Who would not want a methodology that allows code to be
written in a modular manner which can then be shipped with its dependencies,
shared, re-used and run reliably on any environment? That is why Containerization
is exciting. And that is why it is here to stay.
Although Container technology has been
around for quite some time, innovation in the space is more recent. Today, it
is a fast-evolving technology with options for Container platforms,
repositories and orchestration tools multiplying like bunny rabbits. Just think
about the numerous flavors in which the technology is available—ranging from Amazon Elastic
Container Service (ECS) to Amazon Elastic
Kubernetes Service, Google
Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)—and it becomes evident
that the level of complexity is growing. In addition, start-ups have begun to
mushroom in a bid to provide tools that scan Container environments for
security vulnerabilities, that deliver networking and storage tools integrated with
Container technologies for improved performance of Container clusters, data
loss prevention tools, a variety of plug-ins, etc. The options list has become seemingly
For organizations keen on creating a well-informed Container strategy, the decision-making process can be a nightmare. The risk of making the wrong decision is enormous and can send organizations into a “wait-and-watch” mode for standardization, interoperability and simplification to arrive. This is going to take time, with the result that IT can be left behind as technology continues to evolve rapidly.
The good news is that for every
confusing scenario or difficult-to-make-decision, there are safe pathways as
well. The safe options allow organizations to create multi-container/multi-host
distributed applications that can be migrated from in-house/on premise to cloud
while keeping effort to a minimum and costs under control.
It’s a tricky situation, aggravated by
the lack of knowledge when it comes to implementation. In reality,
Containerization is a vast ocean of ideas, options and alternative. It is the
paucity of knowledge that is the barrier. There is no reasonable way of
understanding the impact of the decisions made today and the effort and time
required to alter those decisions in the future.
Naturally, what organizations need is a
framework that provides quick and dependable direction and narrows down the
tools required, based on current infrastructure and future business plans. Addressing
this need is the Brillio Enterprise Containerization Framework. The goal of the
framework is to ensure:
Faster Time to Market by enhancing application architecture that
can respond rapidly to changing business needs and IT landscapes through continuous
delivery, frictionless architecture, technology simplification and a layered implementation
through architecture that is “Built to Change” instead of “Built to last” and
which enables organizations to iteratively adopt newer technology trends—thereby
driving business value without significantly impacting cost or time.
Elevate Customer Experience through simplified deployments and updates, feature
additions/enhancements and targeted functional validations.
The Enterprise Containerization Framework looks at an organization’s application portfolio and processes to make recommendations for design, configuration, on premise, hybrid, cloud, etc. It provides and narrows down choices, easing the decision-making around the tools to use, configurations, security, integration with DevOps platforms and cost management. The Enterprise Containerization Framework is the single guide an organization can use to reduce the steep learning curve (in comparison to the primitive application hosting solutions currently in vogue) that Containerization demands. If accelerating projects through Containerization is the goal, Brillio’s Enterprise Containerization Framework is the solution.
With more than 14 years of rich experience in the field of Information Technology, Javed works as a Principal Architect at Brillio with expertise in helping clients strategize, design and implement their product development.