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 infinite.

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.

On-target adoption

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 model.

Innovation 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.

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