It may be the new ‘it’ technology, but how will it fit within current enterprise infrastructure and drive business value?
Since launching in 2013, open source cloud containerisation engine Docker has seen explosive growth. The concept of containerisation is not new – it’s been around for many years as a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another.
But Docker has breathed new life into the idea by simplifying the process for the average developer and system administrator, giving them a standard interface and easy-to-use tools to quickly assemble composite, enterprise-scale, business-critical applications.
It may seem like just another approach to virtualisation, but unlike virtual machines (VMs), Docker does not require a full OS to be created. It can be thought of as ‘OS virtualisation’ to a VM’s ‘hardware virtualisation’.
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