About Container Hosting
What is container Hosting?
Container hosting is a means of providing a virtual communication environment that groups a set of processes from the host or other given containers. These containers are able to communicate with the hardware through a single kernel of the host. To better understand its impact, its good to first have to take a look at the previous technology that was used to host applications.
The Hypervisor virtualization Machine was previously used to communicate between individual host operating systems and the hardware. Both the host and the guest operating systems run their separate kernels to communicate with the hardware. Because of this, the process was too resource intensive. This meant that any company that needed to use the hypervisor technology had to buy more hardware to bear the heavy workload of computation. Containers basically enable you to use more applications on a single server and on different operating systems without necessarily having to go through the hustle of purchasing extra infrastructure.
Benefits of Container Hosting
- Cost Effectiveness
Since the containers can be created very fast, it becomes possible to pack more work onto one server. This means that the cost of upgrading or buying new infrastructure to accommodate larger streams of data would not be necessary thereby saving the companies an incredible amount of money.
- Better management of resources
Computing Resources such as the CPU, memory and disk are better utilized. This is mainly because the kernel of the host is shared amongst the running applications. This isolation of resources guarantees that none of the processes inside a specific container can see any processes outside itself. Essentially, many applications can run under the same OS while sharing certain libraries under the OS kernel.
- Containers can be created very fast
A single OS can be used to load up multiple applications. The containers can therefore be created very quickly with very minimal space while delivering faster launch times. This is made possible because every application is loaded in a different container but each container does not necessarily have to load its own OS start running. This is especially useful in a high traffic environment where a lot of data is being sent out and retrieved simultaneously.
Providers of Container Hosting
- dot cloudcloud
This is arguably the oldest service in the market that hosts the docker technology. Docker is primarily the incubator of the container hosting services. Much of it success can be attributed to the fact that very big cloud providers such as google have backed it. It comes packed with features such as allowing you to setup the scaling rules of the application and monitor it. You can also enable quite a number of primary service such as automated backups, Build hooks and so much more. Dot cloud uses a customized Command Line Interface which may though be challenging to new users but is worth the effort once mastered.
Tutum is also a similar hosting service that uses a Command Line Interface in controlling the application. Tutum has gained popularity over the past since it also allows the user to control the applications using a Graphical User Interface. The provider offers a free trial period which is important if one would like to see how the software works before actually purchasing it.
- Stack dock
A good option for those who are trying to save a little money while seeking general hosting services. Their main selling point is there affordability. They offer 20GB worth of SSD for storage for only five dollars a month.
This is a hosting service that has built its reputation for providing secure private repositories for companies whose main goal is security. They however also provide free public storage facilities. It uses a graphical user interface that allows access to all the applications hosted by the provider.