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Blog: Cloud native and container technology: five reasons to consider them for your next project

By using containers, you can skip configurations, speed up your process from code commit to production by weeks and be more flexible. Here are five reasons to consider cloud native and container technology for your next project, and some tips on how to start the change in your organization.

1.   No need to worry about configurations

The container has everything your application needs to run, like configuration files and dependencies. This way you can run applications easily in different environments: locally, on virtual servers or on testing, staging or production environments and clouds. By using container technology, you can save the time spent on configuring your application for all these different environments and simply focus on getting the container to run smoothly.

2.   Installation becomes even faster than the automated ones

Containers can be packed and deployed quickly, which is a great benefit for the software industry. It means that in production software can be ported and installed faster for different environments. All you need is a container engine to run the container on and a container orchestrator to control it.

Container orchestration technologies like Kubernetes offer new concepts to easily deploy whole systems with their configurations in a declarative way. This way you save time and lower the risk of human error in the installation. At Netum, we have already piloted automated installation in a project in which we were able to cut down the installation time from days to just minutes.

3.   Software design and development becomes faster

With cloud native concepts can help you make your development pipeline more effective. In agile software development it can take two weeks or more to go from code commit to production. By using a cloud native approach, you can move from code commit to production sometimes even in just minutes.

Moving completely cloud-native with containers allows your organization to turn around the whole deployment process of stateless projects – and also starting with projects where you need to handle state.

4.   Updates, fixing bugs and adding new features is more flexible

Because containers are independent, environmental factors are not an issue when testing and debugging applications or software. This makes the process less time consuming.

Containers are fast to create, start and destroy, which means you can test and debug software with ease. You can also handle production errors quickly and efficiently when you can redeploy again and again. This is a great way for businesses to enhance customer experience, since new features to online services can be quickly created and deployed, for example.

5.   Developers can work in their preferred language

Different containers can be built in different programming languages. This means that your development teams can both use the language and tools they are most comfortable with without having to worry about conflict issues. That way they can be at their most creative using tools they are familiar with and build multi-language systems with ease.

Introduce new technology with a grassroots approach

The benefits of container technology are obvious, so how can you make the switch to it in your organization? For decision-makers it is best to hear about the benefits and possibilities of these technologies. I took some of our decision-makers to KubeCon where they could see for themselves what can be done with cloud native applications and what lies in the future – all the possibilities.

To get your fellow software developers and engineers on board, you need more than talk. Show them with concrete examples how containers make life easier: faster application and software deployment and so on. I containerized and ported a inhouse project to prove that containers really make the whole process smoother and faster.

Consider cloud native for new projects

Cloud native doesn’t solve problems in every project, but in new projects you should really consider a cloud native and container approach. Their benefits are obvious. For example, companies like Netflix and Zalando are all in the cloud native container world and because of that they can grow and change fast. With cloud native you can shorten drastically the time it takes to go from code commit to production: in extreme cases this means the deployment times can be shortened from weeks to just minutes. If you plan your project well, you will gain a lot of speed and flexibility.

Oliver Joggerst
Software Engineer
Netum Oy