THE BOTTOM LINE

The value of containerization

Containerization is a method of operating system virtualization for application management. Containers hold all the code, libraries, and configuration that virtual machines (VMs) use, but they all run on the same operating system. This makes them more easily deployed and scaled in a dynamic environment. Compared to using virtual machines, the approach can shorten the development cycle, decrease cloud usage costs, and allow for significantly increased application portability and scalability. As service-oriented architecture becomes increasingly prevalent, containerization and container orchestration will become areas of focus for chief information officers (CIOs).