Why use containers for a multi-cloud strategy

Containers allow you to run applications across multiple clouds in a single virtual machine, which makes it easier to share resources.

Containerization technology enables organizations to have dynamic venturing into application development and deployment. While it’s true that initial migration to containers has its fair share of trouble, things get pretty easy once you pass past the mark. Nowadays, containerization use cases are prominent at every scale of organization.

Leveraging containerization technology, enterprise organizations like Netflix have successfully embraced new technologies and grown exponentially over the past few years. However, given the size of Netflix’s ops, the company needed to ensure the worth of those changes first before upgrading its core technologies.

The company's initial migration of several of its services to containers was highly problematic, leading to the creation of Titus, its container management platform. Netflix now uses containers to power video streaming, content-encoding, recommendations, studio technology, big data, and internal engineering tools, comprising 200,000 clusters and half-a-million containers every day.

What is a multi-cloud strategy?

Multi-cloud, as the name suggests, is the implementation of two or more cloud services from the same or different vendors. Multi-cloud generally features capabilities of providing a central console to manage and maintain the workloads on different cloud environments. Organizations generally leverage a multi-cloud strategy to run organizational applications on IaaS or PaaS from various cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, etc.

One needs to have thoughtful considerations before implementing a multi-cloud strategy over containerization technology. Jumping from cloud to cloud could be a scary experience. However, when you know the components and have an effective multi-cloud strategy, you can eliminate this FOMO and tap into its numerous benefits. Let’s have a look at a few of the benefits of using containers for multi-cloud deployment.

Improved portability

Containers enable developers to create small and better-performing workloads for their applications. This makes shifting workloads from one cloud environment to another way a lot easier. The portable design of containers offers great flexibility to devops teams while migrating from one cloud environment to another. Containers also act as perfect solutions in terms of application scalability. They can dynamically improve storage capacity and handle unexpected surges of network traffic without fail.

The portability of containers is also equally beneficial for developers who want to test their applications across multiple platforms. In the unlikely event of the application crashing, it will only affect the specific container and not the entire OS.

Improved automation

Containerization technology is full of different types of tools that you can leverage to make your life easier. Kubernetes, a content organization platform, is responsible for automating and deployment of containerized workloads in a synchronized manner across multiple cloud environments. Kubernetes also improves the scalability of containerized workloads by allowing developers to automatically add more clusters to their existing infrastructure as needed, resulting in less application downtime and improved performance.

Optimized for cloud-native development

Containers provide organizations with a perfect cloud-native ready solution. By leveraging containerization technology, developers can write, test and deploy applications within the cloud environment itself. There will be no hassle of offline development and then migration to a multi-cloud strategy.

One can also use container clustering to easily scale container systems while increasing resilience simultaneously. The benefit of container clustering includes the updation of individual services without taking down the whole application.

Final Thoughts

Containers provide an easy way to develop, pack and manage an application service throughout its entire lifecycle. While there are some challenges you need to face, the benefits of using containers with a multi-cloud strategy are far superior. So which one of the above benefits intrigued you the most? Let us have an insightful discussion in the comments below.

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