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Whitepaper Container and Microservices

Whitepaper Container and Microservices

What are containers and what do you need them for? Learn all about the handy virtualized packages and their impact on DevOps and hybrid cloud solutions.

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Container virtualisation in the German cloud

Using container virtualisation gives you more flexibility when developing and introducing new applications. Managed Container Services directly support your business to operate in a more agile way, and more efficiently.

But what about legacy systems? Moving existing setups can quickly become expensive and complex. It doesn’t have to be! We will gladly advise you on how to optimally use container virtualisation and offer you scalable microservices in the German cloud.

Containers in the PlusServer cloud: Value-added at a glance

  • More than 20 years of experience in the hosting market
  • Reputable customers such as Zalando, REWE and Bayer
  • Container virtualisation in the German cloud
  • Competent consulting, experienced technicians
  • Tailored solutions for your business
  • Hybrid solutions
  • Automatic scaling models
  • 24/7 management of your container virtualisation and microservices
  • German-speaking first level support
  • Monitoring important services via first level support

What are containers?

Containers can simplify and accelerate the development and rollout of new applications. Containers have been used in software development since the concept of application containers became popular with Docker in 2013. You pack up an application and all of the data required to run it, as well as dependencies (libraries, configuration data), into a handy comprehensive package.

This puts the application’s entire runtime environment into an easy to relocate format. This allows developers to move applications between different environments - one for testing and one for operation, for example.

Example of container construction

When are containers useful?

  • When scalability is required. For example, for services that are subject to high fluctuations in demand, such as web or database services.
  • For applications with a very specific setup for their operating system, tools, runtime environment.
  • For sandboxing or other test environments, which have to be setup and adjusted often, and quickly.

Containers vs. virtual machines

Containers use less resources compared to virtual machines (VM). Just a few megabytes compared to a few gigabytes for VMs are required for computing power, main storage and storage space. In addition, containers can be moved more flexibly than VMs and used on different platforms. From physical machines to a Private or Public Cloud - containers make applications more independent of the environment in which they are running.

From a physical machine into a Private or Public Cloud - containers make applications more independent from the environment in which they are running.

 
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Using application virtualisation for Hybrid Cloud environments

Containers can even be used in Hybrid Cloud environments, as they are transportable and compatible across several cloud architectures. Read more in this free whitepaper.

What are microservices?

Microservices split an application up into several small modules. Each microservice has a specific task and uses a defined interface to communicate with the other modules. For example, an e-commerce application could consist of a user database, a module for shipping, a module for orders, a module for the various payment types (or individual modules for respective payment methods), the front end, the product search, and the product catalogue.

The advantage of this software architecture is that each microservice is individually expandable, interchangeable and scalable without affecting the code of the other microservices. However, the correct interaction of microservices also brings with it a level of complexity.

Are you already using Microservices?¹

Diagram on use of microservices

Containerisation in the Hybrid Cloud

Using containers can greatly speed up and simplify developments. However, you also require a suitable infrastructure as the basis for containerisation. We support you by providing tailored and flexible Hybrid Cloud solutions from German data centres. We also advise you on migrating existing applications or integrating your legacy systems into a hybrid scenario.

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¹ Source: Containers: Real Adoption And Use Cases In 2017. A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned By Dell EMC, Intel, And Red Hat, March 2017

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