Many small to midsize businesses (SMBs) use virtualization to consolidate workloads and do more with less. Containers are the next step in the evolution of virtualization. While similar to virtual machines (VMs), which virtualize the hardware, containers virtualize the operating system (OS). They are lightweight, stand-alone, executable software packages that include everything needed to run an application: the code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. Because of this, they run predictably—on-premises or on any cloud—regardless of the underlying infrastructure, for superior portability.
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