Application containerization is revolutionizing the way we think about and manage distributed computing workloads. Containers are lightweight, portable units of software that can run anywhere and contain all the necessary dependencies to run an application. By abstracting applications away from their underlying infrastructure, containerized applications are more agile and easier to move from one environment to another with minimal disruption. This allows organizations to quickly provision new compute resources and redeploy existing ones in order to respond faster to changing demands or market conditions. Sounds a lot like VMs. With VMs, you still have to manage the operating system: configuration, patching, storage permissions, network interfaces, application installation, and so on. A major challenge of VM administration is standardization.
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