In recent years, containers have evolved from their roots in Unix to near ubiquity as a key building block of modern day IT practice, exploding in popularity first with Docker and then again when Google open sourced the Kubernetes container platform in 2015.
In short, an application container typically holds a whole host of runtime components, from security to monitoring, orchestration networking and storage – basically the code required to execute and alter a piece of software – in a single package regardless of the infrastructure it sits on. Going hand in hand with the rise of DevOps and continuous development, containers have become an integral technology for many large enterprises.
Here we outline the basics of containers and why they are so popular to an overview of the vendor landscape as it stands today. We have also rounded up some of the latest news as the big cloud players embrace the likes of Kubernetes and Docker.
Finally, we give you some real-world case studies from UK retailers Ocado and Lush as examples of British enterprises turning to containers for business success.
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