What is Container Optimization?

What are the Benefits of Containers?

Containers enable applications to be abstracted from the infrastructure on which they run. A container packages an application so that it can be deployed easily and consistently without regard to the environment in which it is being run. Containers can also be stacked and run on significantly less cloud infrastructure than would be required for traditional VMs.

The primary benefits of containerization include:

  • Enabling developers to focus on application development and IT Operations to focus on deployment and management—optimizing each team's efforts against their areas of expertise to maximize velocity, efficiency, and agility
  • Providing a consistent, predictable, and isolated environment in which developers can run their apps, free of external dependencies and concerns
  • Sandboxing an app away from other applications and providing dedicated memory, storage, CPU, and network
  • The ability to run apps anywhere in an OS-agnostic fashion, on VMs or bare metal, on-prem or in the cloud
  • Portability between environments

What are the Performance and Cost Optimization Concerns for Containers?

Just like virtual machines, containers are vulnerable to underutilization and instance sprawl. Containers can also suffer from incorrect instance type and size selection.

Densify Optimization for Containers

Densify’s analytics engine has patented workload sizing and stacking capabilities, enabling it to learn the utilization patterns of containers and their pods and scientifically determining the optimal request and limit values to ensure that the pods get precisely the resources they need, while at the same time enabling the containers to run at far higher utilization.

Densify also automates the process of updating container manifests. By supplying one line of code that can be included in popular templating technologies like Terraform, Densify makes container applications self-optimizing. This enables developers to focus their apps and lets infrastructure managers maintain high efficiency and safety by using automation to close the optimization loop.

Densify supports optimization for:

  • Kubernetes
  • Amazon ECS
  • Amazon EKS
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)
  • OpenShift