Containerized Deployments for Business Intelligence

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May 12, 2023

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Can containerized deployments help your business? Are your customers’ data applications held back by basic, outdated dashboards and reports? Well, they’re not alone. As the digitization wave crashes over a post-pandemic market, many organizations are taking stock of their data tools and finding them lacking in comparison to other more modern solutions available. Gone are the days when simple self-service analytics would suffice for their users.

Now, sophisticated capabilities like adaptive security and write-back are taking analytics to new heights. With these advanced features, embedded analytics is transforming from a basic reporting tool to a powerful decision-making engine. However, with this increased complexity comes new challenges in deploying and scaling embedded analytics.

That’s why it’s important for your stakeholders to keep these considerations in mind as you embed analytics in your applications. Don’t get left behind with outdated dashboards — embrace the power of embedded analytics and take your applications to the next level.

Perhaps one of the simplest, quickest routes to this “bright future of embedded analytics” is containerization. Let’s look at what that is, what it means to your clients, and what’s your best way to get them there.

Defining Containerization

According to IBM, containerization is: “the packaging of software code with just the operating system (OS) libraries and dependencies required to run the code to create a single lightweight executable — called a container — that runs consistently on any infrastructure”.

It can be easier to think of a container as an “application jail.” Containers are a way to wall off one application from another inside the same computer. Application A cannot talk to Application B without explicit permission. By bundling everything together, the container becomes portable and can run across any platform or cloud without issues.

The concept of containerization has been around for a while, but more and more organizations are now using it. The reason for increased usage is that container technology has evolved significantly and now complements the need for modernizing operations and infrastructure. Businesses are recognizing the value of cloud-native development and are shifting to hybrid, multi-cloud environments to boost their flexibility and accelerate their speed to market. In short, containerization has become a go-to strategy for organizations to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

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The Benefits of Containerization

Containerization improves application quality and provides a faster time-to-market. It also delivers swifter responses to marketplace changes. Containerization is the solution to all your end-users’ deployment, quality, security, and flexibility issues.

  1. Increased security. If application A gets hacked, it’s much harder for it to affect application B. Containerization also eliminates the bugs and errors that often occur when transferring code from one computing environment to another.
  2. Flexible data alignment. Let’s say that A needs version 3.0 of a shared library and B needs version 4.0. Normally, it’s difficult to have two or more versions of the same library on a computer but with containers, it’s very easy.
  3. Easier deployment. It’s easier to package up all the dependent pieces of software and libraries along with the main application within a container. This makes it simple to deploy the application across multiple users without having to worry about the state of each computer.

It is easy to see why this containerized approach is increasing in popularity. According to a recent IBM survey, the use of containers is clearly gaining momentum:

  • 61% of container adopters reported incorporating them into 50% or more of their new applications developed in the past two years.
  • 64% of these adopters plan to utilize containers for 50% or more of their existing applications in the next two years, indicating a growing demand for this technology.

Below is why this all is good news for your clients.

Logi Symphony Containerization Simplifies Application Deployment

We are going to say it again: If your customers have been struggling to keep up with the demands of a rapidly changing business environment, we have the perfect solution for them. Whether they need to scale up or down, Logi Symphony has the perfect suite of products to help them build, deploy, and automate their analytics solutions with ease. From on-premise to cloud-based to hybrid infrastructure, our products are designed to meet your stakeholders’ unique needs.

Containerization is not a prerequisite for using Logi Symphony, but its microservices architecture allows end-users to benefit from containerization if that is their chosen deployment method. Essentially, it’s your customers’ decision whether to use container architecture.

Cloud-ready microservices architecture provides you with an elastic scale so that your CFO is happy and your DevOps team is satisfied. Here is exactly what you get with Logi Symphony containerization:

  • A container-ready modern microservices architecture that enables applications to self-register with each other, facilitating the deployment of new functionality without requiring a server restart. This approach allows for the addition of users without sacrificing performance. It optimizes public cloud expenses by dynamically scaling resources to match demand. Moreover, it minimizes both planned and unplanned downtime by allowing for continuous updates and maintenance. This approach to containerization offers numerous benefits, making it a popular choice for businesses looking to streamline their development and deployment processes.
  • The horizontal scaling approach, facilitated by distributed microservices. This helps your stakeholders avoid single points of failure and ensure steady availability of their applications. This approach eliminates the need for proprietary hardware and allows for a more flexible, cost-effective infrastructure. By distributing workloads across multiple microservices, this approach offers greater redundancy and resilience, reducing the risk of downtime and enhancing the overall reliability of the system. Horizontal scaling with distributed microservices is a powerful tool for businesses seeking to build scalable, resilient applications that can handle heavy traffic and fluctuations in demand.
  • The ability to elastically scale computing resources, which provides your customers with a powerful tool for optimizing resource utilization and avoiding costly waste. This approach allows for the scaling up and down of resources, such as CPU process power and RAM, in response to changes in demand. By dynamically adjusting resources, users can ensure that they have the necessary capacity to handle spikes in traffic while avoiding overprovisioning and wasteful spending on unused resources. Elastic scale is a key feature of modern cloud-based infrastructures, providing businesses with the agility and flexibility they need to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

In summary, the benefits of Logi Symphony’s containerization for your stakeholders are clear. The use of distributed microservices and horizontal scaling helps your users avoid single points of failure, ensuring high availability and minimizing downtime. Elastic scaling provides further benefits by allowing them to optimize their CPU and RAM resources, scaling up or down as needed to meet demand without wasteful overprovisioning. Together, these approaches offer your customers the flexibility, resilience, and efficiency they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced digital landscape.

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