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How Docker Containers are Changing Enterprise Apps

Docker has a lot of benefits when it comes to enterprise app development; it’s open for developers and it allows IT administrators to build, ship and run applications anywhere. Since Docker is open source, not only will apps be delivered faster because of the more efficient process, but Docker containers wrap up a piece of software in a complete filesystem that contains everything it needs to run: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries – anything you can install on a server. This guarantees that it will always run the same, regardless of the environment it is running in.

This fact is invaluable when it come to enterprise apps because of all the different environments it is used in. It is more important than ever to have these apps able to run the same on every environment for every employee. Uniformity in these apps is an often over looked detail that is actually very important.

“Organizations that are leveraging Dockerized distributed applications will find benefits such as infrastructure independence, differentiation and agility,” said David Messina, vice president of marketing, Docker.

So what exactly does Docker have to offer Enterprise Apps?

Fast Application Delivery– Docker is made up of Docker Engine and Docker Hub. Docker Engine is a portable runtime and packaging tool and Docker hub is a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflow. Together they eliminate most of the integration work that developers spend a lot of time on so they can ship out a lot faster by comparison.  By choosing a standard app container which can be plugged into supporting platforms, delivery is a lot faster and smoother.

More Distributed Apps–  Docker enables distributed apps to be portable and more dynamic.

“Distributed applications represent the next generation of application architectures and processes that are supporting businesses to reach the next level of innovation,” said Messina. “This enables developers to focus on a smaller surface area of differentiated code that is vital to the business.”

Infrastructure Independence– Instead of trying to figure out how to integrate apps with a host of server, storage and mobile environments, apps are independent of network and storage infrastructure and can be updated and changed easily.

More Innovation Opportunity– Since Docker applications can be developed faster, the developer is free to develop rather than spending the bulk of time solving fixing issues. “Docker allows these distributed applications to be innovated upon hundreds of times a day, in comparison to once in a few weeks or months,” Messina said.

Docker has a lot to offer in terms of developing enterprise apps. Not only is it quick and easy, but it also has a great cloud option with Docker Hub and uses containers in a way that we can expect to see more of in the next few years. Containers have similar resource isolation and allocation benefits as virtual machines but a different architectural approach allows them to be much more portable and efficient.

Containers include the application and all of its dependencies, but share the kernel with other containers. They run as an isolated process in userspace on the host operating system. They’re also not tied to any specific infrastructure Docker containers run on any computer, on any infrastructure and in any cloud.

Doug Atkinson

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