With everyone, including Microsoft and Google, heavily relying on data centers to offer them compute capacity, one can start to imagine its applicability for enterprise and government’s private Cloud Hosting. While containers can differ, they are generally self-contained data centers with the network, compute, and storage capacity with cooling power.
When looking at a much larger scale, like Google, the container itself becomes the replaceable components rather than focusing on the individual pieces. Each container is a small part of a more extensive system, used for search and will not cause much disruption if it fails. It is a standardized way to handle computing on a much larger scale.
For an average user or government employee, using a container system will be a different experience. This is due to the change in the nature of any given application. In such cases, if any of the containers fails, the whole network will feel the impact. To avoid such scenarios, extra considerations must be taken into account to ensure sufficient up-time for each container. Things like a power supply or necessary cooling should be an essential part of a private cloud scale. Each container comes with built-in density and storage; any interruption in the cooling can cause the entire system to fail.
While using containers can oppose unique challenges, they can be adapted to private cloud environments due to their flexibility offered by the automation and orchestration. With the help of provided cloud tools, containers can be added or incorporated into the existing structure without a hitch. Also, containerized solutions can offer cost-effective means for any disaster recovery and business continuance.
Containers come in various sizes, single sealed rack to a giant shipping container. Moreover, containers can vary to accommodate levels of environmental support and customization. For instance, specialized containers armed with ammunition for rapid deployment in combat zones. While this may not be used every other day, but it shows the flexibility of a container.
With a cloud hosting platform incorporated with containerized infrastructure, you have a ready-to-go system that can be deployed wherever and whenever you want. Depending on the size of your environment and the container, containers can be used in a similar way as building compute pods back in the traditional data center. When an additional container is required, it is added and plugged into the resources, no problem at all.
Private cloud automation and orchestration can be the key that adds value to the containerized solutions. Software and other technologies designed for hardware eliminate the need to have staff, except the time when the system fails. However, the resources can be added to the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), either in data centers or cloud containers.
The ability to combine thousands of VMs into a single shipping container is a compelling alternate for on-premise data centers, which can be inefficient with time. Containers are easy to deploy, without any costs of facilities or time requirement. They are easily replaceable or supplement data center capacity.