The Year of the Container
This post is a follow on from our previous blog which we published on the 13th of April. In part one of this blog by our guest writer, Dinesh Subhraveti of AppOrbit, discussed technological containers at length by firstly giving us a brief background of the product. He then went on to talk about the myth of stateless apps and how containers encapsulate more than just the server-side state of the application. In the final part of this two part series he examines how this important technology can be deployed in new and exciting use cases in the enterprise before ending with a brief summary.
The Missing Half of Containers
As enterprise adoption of containers continues to grow in 2016, existing challenges associated with provisioning and management of application data will be addressed. Containers homogenized applications by boxing them into container images which are essentially standardized and interoperable units. In a similar fashion, a layer of innovation over traditional storage systems will bring the simplicity and agility of containers to application data. Application data elements would be promoted into first class objects. Regardless of the type of data (JSON, SQL, NoSQL, key-value, time-series etc.), a homogeneous underlying representation would make them into pluggable units. Principles and mechanisms that underlie containers such as copy-on-write layers would be applied to application data as well to support rapid snapshotting and cloning functions.
These features would then enable complex microservice-based applications and existing applications to be rapidly deployed.
Over the last year, containerization has brought unprecedented simplicity and agility to stateless portion of the application. In the next year, the principles underlying containers will be extended to application data as well, driving this important technology into new and exciting use cases in the enterprise.
This Guest Post was by Dinesh Subhraveti, Cofounder and CTO of appOrbit.
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