Windows containers are abstracted, isolated and portable operating environments supported by the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 operating system. Container environments are created to help replicate applications in a design-build phase, with full feature availability, such as processors, memory, storage, etc., that does not interact with the outside world or other aspects of business operations.
IT service providers working with container environments for their clients will find that they feel similar to virtual machines (VM). However, containers are not reliant upon a separate hypervisor layer. What’s different is that containers are operated on an underlying system, such as macOS or Windows Server 2016.
The Power of the Container
The container host provides a virtual environment, with access only permissible by those resources necessary to be working inside the environment. This isolation enables the container to perform as if it is the only application presently operating within the host system. This also enables the host system to dictate which resources are utilized by the container.
Containers rely on images that provide a complete replication of the application, its data, and any other resources needed to operate the application. This image can be deployed to a host system, allowing it to run interdependently and self-sufficiently, that can be portable to other locations. This allows developers and service providers the ability to create and test applications, deploy to production, all without the need to interfere with other IT operations.
How Containers Benefit the Service Provider
Service providers working with their clients on business expansion opportunities can realize great benefits in working with containers. As an example, an end-user client looking to introduce a new application into their back-end business functionality can leverage the help of their service provider to build for them. The service provider can utilize a container to design, deploy, and test the new application on a host system, self-sufficient and isolated from the main IT operational environment. Here, the service provider can test different configurations and even replicate for multiple locations before launching into the client’s back-end system.
Container environments make for an efficient opportunity for service providers to help introduce new IT functionality and business applications that benefit both the end-user client’s back-end operations, as well as that of their customers.
Who To Partner With For Container Solutions
As cloud-based hosted software services continue to reshape and expand the principles of modern IT, the future of any hosting services provider depends on the quality of its partnerships. DXC SLMS Hosting offers service providers the best opportunity to build the right portfolio of cloud-based hosted solutions, including Container environments, that best positions for optimum business growth potential while cutting costs out of the portfolio.
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