Containers vs. Virtual Machines: What’s Best for Your Business?

JULIET VAN WAGENEN | November 29, 2018

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These days, businesses function in a hypercompetitive landscape, and it’s more crucial than ever to effectively manage and deploy applications in order to remain innovative and agile.For this reason, businesses should choose wisely when considering containers vs. virtual machines, both of which inject virtualization into their operations but offer significantly different pros and cons. A virtual machine is a “software computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications,” VMWare explains. VMs create an environment that is essentially a “computer within a computer,” according to Microsoft. A VM delivers to the end user the same experience they would have on the physical computer, but a VM is “sandboxed from the rest of the system,” which means that the software inside of the VM can’t impact the computer it’s in.The advantage is that it offers an optimal environment “for testing other operating systems including beta releases, accessing virus-infected data, creating operating system backups, and running software or applications on operating systems they weren’t originally intended for,” Microsoft notes.

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