What Are Software Containers?

Learn Software Containers in 3 minutes

A Brief on Software Containers

Software Containers are the most logical way to develop software as they allow the software to be separated from the environment they run in. By using Software Containers, you are able to move from one hosting environment to the next with very little effort. This allows Software running in the container to be moved from one environment to the next consistently, without the typical effort required when migrating from one hosting environment to the next.

By utilizing software containers, you can move your software from development environments to the cloud, private cloud, or any other hosting environment with little work. Software Containers allow for an absolutely clean separation of concerns. With software containers, developers and teams responsible for the IT operations can focus on uptime and deployment, without bothering with the fine print - they do not need to worry about individual confirgurations or software versions.

People familiar with virtualized environments typically have an easy time understanding Software Containers. Virtualized machines have a guest OS running on a host operating system with virtualization accessing the hardware. This is similar to how software containers work - they allow you to package your application together with all the dependencies and libraries needed. This creates a completely isolated environment, much like virual machines.