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Containers: Enabling Build-Once-Run-Anywhere Applications

By Dick Weisinger

Containers are stand-alone lightweight packages that provide a isolated environment for an application and its configuration complete with all needed dependencies and libraries.  Containers are easily provisioned in real-time and typically use far fewer resources than virtual machines.

Robert Stroud, Forrester analyst, wrote that “Containers are all the rage!… Container adoption is being driven by the promise that containers deliver the ability to build once and run anywhere, allowing increased server efficiency and scalability for technology managers.”

The results of a survey by Robin Systems being announced today, found that:

  • Adoption of containers for running enterprise applications is growing.  More than half of enterprises are using containers in production or are experimenting with containers
  • Containers are being used for both stateless and stateful applications
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents say that containers are the preferred method for running databases, and 40 percent say that it makes sense to use containers to run Big Data applications like Hadoop and Spark.

Partha Seetala, chief technology officer at Robin, said that “containers are a natural platform for running performance sensitive applications such as databases, as they enable consolidation without compromising performance or predictability.  This aligns perfectly with our vision of providing enterprises a high-performance and elastic containerized platform for stateful and mission-critical applications.”

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  1. […] Containers are stand-alone lightweight packages that provide a isolated environment for an application and its configuration complete with all needed dependencies and libraries. The results of a survey by Robin Systems found that adoption of containers for running enterprise applications is growing; more than half of enterprises are using containers in production or are experimenting with containers; and containers are being used for both stateless and stateful applications. Nearly three-quarters of respondents say that containers are the preferred method for running databases, and 40 percent say that it makes sense to use containers to run Big Data applications like Hadoop and Spark. Read more […]

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