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Persistent data storage in containerized environments
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of September 2017, Vol. 16, No. 7
The pace of change in IT is staggering. Fast growing data, cloud-scale processing and millions of new internet of things devices are driving us to find more efficient, reliable and scalable ways to keep up. Traditional application architectures are reaching their limits, and we're scrambling to evaluate the best new approaches for development and deployment. Fortunately, the hottest prospect -- containerization -- promises to address many, if not all, of these otherwise overwhelming challenges. In containerized application design, each individual container hosts an isolatable, and separately scalable, processing component of a larger application web of containers. Unlike monolithic application processes of the past, large, containerized applications can consist of hundreds, if not thousands, of related containers. The apps support Agile design, development and deployment methodologies. They can scale readily in production and are ideally suited for hosting in distributed, and even hybrid, cloud infrastructure. Unfortunately, ...
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