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Container Implementation: 9 Key Factors That Need Attention!

Container Implementation 9 Key Factors That Need Attention

Containerization is undoubtedly a technology evolution that has effectively addressed the application delivery concerns across organizations.

Containers are known for their lightweight architecture, immutable nature in delivering apps, high-speed initiation, and executing abilities.

While containers are most commonly termed as ‘advancement to Virtual Machines (VM),’ that’s not enough to start applying them.

Effective implementation of containers demands a fresh mindset and a better understanding of its key principles.

Here are 9 important factors that you should pay special attention to in dealing with container services:

9 Important Factors Dealing with Container Technology Services

1) Data Storage

Data storage in containers doesn’t work as well as in traditional processes. Since the containers are flexible for updating, deleting, or replacing functions, any irregularities or improper data storage planning can lead to critical data loss. To avoid such concerns, experts recommend storing data in a volume while using containers.

Even in that case, ensure no two containers write data on the same volume to avoid data corruption. Shared data storage is the ideal option!

2) Create Smaller Images

Containers only carry files and library resources specific to individual applications/processes. Installing unnecessary packages or larger images that demand additional files can interrupt container services’ core ability to generate distributed applications.

3) Application Deployment

Owing to a few similarities with Virtual Machines, people tend to deploy applications in containers similar to VMs. However, application deployment in containerization cannot take place on running containers. That might work in the development phase, which involves continuous deployment and debug operations. But for the continuous delivery pipeline involving QA and production, applications should be part of images.

4) Layered Filesystem

Using different layers instead of a single-layer image to use a layered file system in containerization effectively. Create a base image layer for the OS and individual layers for username definition, runtime installation, configuration, and application. This makes it easier to recreate, manage, and distribute images.

5) Creating Images

Experts recommend against using ‘docker commit’ for creating container images, owing to its limitations in generating images with reproducible ability. Instead, Dockerfile or any other source-to-image approach is highly recommendable. Storing images in a source control repository like Git allows you to track changes to Dockerfile.

6) Usage of Tags

The layered filesystem nature of containers allows tags to be used. However, the ‘Latest’ tag, similar to ‘Snapshot’ in Maven, is strictly not recommendable in containers. It does not mean the latest and is just a tag applied to a container image by default. Usage of this tag can lead to misunderstanding within functionality and result in retrieving the wrong ‘latest’ version from the build cache.

This can also create confusion when a new backward incompatible version replaces the parent layer, making the application dysfunctional.

7) Multiple Processes

Files and resources in every container package are limited only to the specific microservice that the container is intended for. Because of this, containers are best suited for running a single process (application server, database, or any other). Running more than one process makes it difficult to manage, retrieve logs, and update processes individually.

8) Environment Variables

In a container environment, it is not recommended to store credentials like username and password in a container image. Instead, try to retrieve them from outside the container through environment variables.

9) IP Address

It’s not recommended to rely on IP addresses much in containers, as every container has its own IP address that changes for every start or stop instance. This becomes a problem if an application or a microservice wants to communicate with another container on board. Instead, environment variables can be the best way to pass proper hostnames and switch between containers.

On an End Note

Understanding the technical aspects behind it is more insightful and the best way to achieve success in a specific technology.

Wait no more! Get on to make the checklist for successful implementation of technology containers in your application ecosystem.

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