IDG Contributor Network: What does container portability really mean?

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IDG Contributor Network: What does container portability really mean?


Containers offer the promise of portability and agility: the ability to move your applications from a developer’s laptop to your internal datacenter, and out to different cloud providers with little trouble right? They offer the ability to spin up new, custom versions of your software to quickly meet contractual deadlines which were signed last minute, or maybe even provide your customers with self service. They start faster, and are easier to move around than virtual machines. Right? That’s the goal, but portability and compatibility are not the same thing. Portability is a business problem, while compatibility is a technical problem. Portability can only be achieved by planning compatibility in different environments. Adopting containers alone provides no guarantee of application compatibility. Why would it? Containers are really just a fancy way of packaging applications and all their operating system dependencies. Scott McCarty A standard application definition is necessary to enable build and…



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