Reports about "microservices" are becoming increasingly common, including what they are and how enterprises are using them to run applications across cloud or in on-premises data centers.
The ongoing shift in application hosting with containerization technologies, underlines the need for every software company to have a flexible digital platform to manage their application deployment and load distribution. “Containerization” is an OS-level virtualization method for deploying and running distributed applications without launching an entire virtual machine for each application.
A new trend, “serverless computing,” takes application development up another abstraction notch. Serverless computing isn’t really serverless: Programming functions still have to run on server and storage hardware. The term “serverless” means that developers or DevOps teams no longer have to worry about what and how much server compute and storage to provision and manage for their application development, deployment and scalability.
Container technology has evolved rapidly in the last couple of years and is slowly becoming a de facto standard for application deployment and workload migration strategies in the industry. In simple terms, container technologies provide the required isolation to run any application, on any infrastructure, using any operating system, at any time, which makes it a great fit for workload migrations of custom applications. This greatly simplifies complex development and enables greater control and security.
As part of the Continuous Application Delivery team over the past few years, we have seen—and in many instances actually shaped—the continuous delivery process at Equinix. By continuously learning from different trials and applying those learnings when necessary, we have overcome many of our initial challenges.