Is Docker on Your Business Radar?

social_diningIf your business runs multiple apps and ships custom software programs all on the same servers, then it’s time for Docker.

That’s right; Docker can help turn your business’s software applications into uniform containers, which is far more efficient than traditional virtual machines.

Here are just a few of the many ways your business can benefit from Docker:

Collaboration Made Easy

Building apps and other software is rarely a one-person job, which is why collaboration is such an important aspect of the application creation process.

With Docker, your business can not only store, but also manage and distribute applications through one central hub.

Regardless of the size of your app team, Docker allows users to make updates to software in real-time, across the entire system. This means app container changes are shareable with other team members throughout the process.

All of this boils down to one major benefit: Docker makes collaboration effortless.

App teams have the freedom to link to and test different containers at any time, which does wonders in terms of productivity too.

Software Security

Security is an important part of the application container process.

As the following article looks at, whether you choose to have Docker running on top of VMware at optimized speed or not, having the right security protocol in place is a must.

Fortunately, the application containers that Docker provides also come with unique security benefits. For example, Docker treats app environments as transient systems as opposed to static systems. This helps reduce the risk involved when handling each application.

Likewise, Docker containers also use setup files that feature scripted, repeatable instructions. This allows your app team to better control which software components and data are installed, which is a huge security benefit.

App Fixes

One of the most time-consuming parts of the application puzzle is debugging multiple apps before shipping them off. Where Docker comes to the rescue is with the functionality of its tools.

When using Docker, your business can create different versions and checkpoints for multiple containers.

Likewise, Docker makes it possible to differentiate one container from the next. This makes debugging and fixing new apps a breeze.

Efficient Disk Usage

When it comes to running multiple applications on a single machine, the smaller the impact, the better.

Docker is extremely lightweight because all app containers running on the same machine use the same OS kernel. This allows containers to startup instantly while using RAM more efficiently.

All Docker containers are built using a layered file system, which means they share common application files.

As a result, disk usage and downloads are much more efficient and streamlined.

Other Benefits of Docker

When it comes to the benefits of Docker containers, the list goes on.

Along with the advantages mentioned above, Docker also offers component reuse, portability across multiple machines, and extremely fast app deployment.

Additionally, with its minimal footprint and maintenance-free operation, Docker helps reduce risk and the time it takes to deliver new app containers. All of this minimizes the costs associated with application development.

If Docker isn’t on your business’s radar yet, then it’s time to make the change.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including app development and security.