5 Factors That Determine the Effectiveness of Containerized Applications

Technology has radically transformed how we do business. And this transformation is continuous as new technologies create new opportunities and innovations. In the realm of software development, containerized applications have been one of the most significant trends in recent years.

Wielded correctly, containerized applications can be powerful tools enabling enterprises to serve their customers and users more effectively, more quickly, and more economically. They lower the cost of operations while enhancing software delivery. Yet, containerized applications are not an automatic, effortless solution to all your application needs.

For app containers to deliver the desired benefits, you have to take several factors into consideration. Here are five of the most important ones.

1. Integration With Existing Enterprise Technology Infrastructure

Containers are proving to be a key catalyst of enterprise digital transformation. However, it was not long ago that organizations believed it was neither economical nor feasible for them to move their traditional applications to containers. For this reason, integration of containerized applications with existing enterprise technology infrastructure is proving to be a key factor.

Critical points of integration include hypervisor, storage, network management, server automation, configuration management and hyper scale clouds.

2. Consistent Compliance and Security Framework

Compliance and security risks can jeopardize the very existence of an organization. Failure to comply with relevant laws and regulations can lead to data leaks, reputation loss, regulatory penalties and, in extreme cases, the revocation of operating licenses.

Organizations must apply compliance and security considerations for their containerized applications in line with existing compliance and security frameworks. Incorporating security policy and architecture can ensure releases are compliant, secure and cost-efficient through the development, testing and staging phases.

3. Enable Control for Corporate IT Operations

As containerized applications have become the go-to tool for DevOps, many organizations have had difficulty translating operational requirements into “container-speak.” Traditional application platform and infrastructure operators still execute the service level agreement (SLA) whereas the developers control the container framework.

If IT operations do not have control over container management, operators cannot be held responsible for a containerized application’s SLAs. Whereas application developers may adopt or operate containerized applications, corporate IT operations are still charged with guaranteeing compliance, security, performance and SLAs. Containerized applications must therefore be optimized for corporate IT and not just developers.

4. Moving to Microservices

Microservices are largely stateless functions that obtain input and provide functionality via standard APIs. Modern software may consist of plenty of microservices that run as a separate process within individual containers. Each microservice has an independent release lifecycle and may be used by multiple apps.

The immutable nature of containerized applications makes them the ideal means for running, deploying and scaling microservices. A software product can be broken down to distinct functional components. The small size of microservices when compared to traditional, monolithic applications makes the switch over and rollback between releases simple and fast.

5. Prioritize Containerization

There are a wide range of tools that can simplify the process of application containerization. That being said, you have to take multiple factors into consideration if you want the container transformation to be a success. These factors are not limited to the application itself. There is also the integration of containerization technologies with corporate IT systems, the experience and skill of IT operations teams, and the available budget.

Other factors are hardware dependencies, host dependencies, hardcoded environment variables and local file system access requirements.

These Five Are Not the Only Factors

Containerized applications are changing the way organization processes and IT teams function. They have pushed software delivery to the forefront while lowering operational costs. Containers improve the ability to meet compliance, security and SLA requirements.

The five factors covered here are among the most important, but certainly not the only ones you need to consider. Applying these factors places you in great position to significantly reap the benefits of containerized applications.

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