With most businesses moving online, customers started expecting their servers to be provisioned in a few minutes. That was when the demand for virtualization sky-rocketed, as it enabled creation of server instances in just a few clicks.
For big cloud service providers who offer server virtualization solutions, VM provisioning tasks form an integral part of their order processing activities. (more…)
Due to its ‘light-weight’ reputation, container technologies such as Docker and LXC get a lot of attention from online businesses these days.
Docker and LXC are suited for different purposes. But in the flurry of information floating in the internet, these differences often get overlooked.
Though Docker containers are sometimes referred as ‘light-weight VMs’, they are not VMs (virtual machines). Both serve different purposes, and hence one cannot replace the other.
Their underlying architecture is what differentiates Docker from Virtual machines. While VMs are based on server virtualization technology, Docker uses container virtualization. (more…)
Even the best software application that works seamlessly in the development server, may go haywire in the live server, due to version mismatch or compatibility issues with the server software. To facilitate smooth completion of a software project, its development and production server environments have to be maintained alike. But setting up these environments for each project is a tedious and time-consuming process.
For fast deployment of identical project environments, a container virtualization technology can be used. A container is a virtual environment that hosts all the project-related applications, services and tools in a single entity. Using custom templates, it is possible to effortlessly emulate the same environment in different containers. (more…)
2015 State of the Cloud Survey showed that adoption of Docker technology was a rising trend, with around 48% DevOps companies using it. Docker is an open source project that package applications and run-time binaries into Linux containers. With Docker, developers can define project environments and deploy their apps quickly. (more…)