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September 2015, Volume 4, Issue 8

Application containers continue data center invasion

What's that rumbling noise you hear? That's the sound of millions of Docker application containers being generated by developers, barreling right this way, straight into the enterprise data center. Indeed, developers have seized upon Docker with a fervor that hasn't been seen in a while. The application container project and company only launched in 2013, but it is already valued at over $1 billion. Docker Container has been downloaded more than 400 million times, and there are over 100,000 "Dockerized" applications in Docker Hub. Growth shows no sign of abating, whether it occurs via Silicon Valley startups, or brick and mortar enterprises. For infrastructure and operations teams, the growth of application containers is both good news and bad news. On the bright side, containers are a lightweight form of virtualization that make very effective use of underlying infrastructure -- container adopters report that the density with containers is more than ten times that of virtual machines running on a hypervisor. And because a lot ...

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