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Demystifying Containers and the Cloud
David Linthicum, internationally recognised industry expert, explains why containers are not the cloud itself.
The use of containers is growing rapidly, with Docker, CoreOS and Mesos leading the market.
Containers create value in three key ways:
- A common platform for application distribution, which provides the ability to distribute and isolate portions of the application.
- A standard way to develop and deploy services and micro-services.
- The ability to provide consistency of platforms, which leads to better portability.
Containers are an enabling technology providing a better way to build and deploy both cloud and on-premises applications.
Containers are an excellent path to better applications, both in the cloud and on-premises, but they are not the cloud itself. This is the key point. Containers provide a better way to build and deploy both cloud and on-premises applications. But their value is not limited to the cloud but extends to all complex distributed systems.
The future of cloud is better clouds because they use containers. But containers are just part of the mix, a path to building better, more stable, and more scalable applications, and not much else, and not the future of the cloud.
Source: InfoWorld, Cloud Computing - mo Containers are not the future of the cloud