4 ways containers help enterprises save money


4 ways containers help enterprises save money

June 20, 2019 - by Spruha Pandya

Software containers, with all the benefits that they have to offer, have become pretty popular with the technical folks. Container technology is said to be revolutionizing deployment and management of applications in a multi-node distributed environments at scale.
Apart from the containers offering a light-weight infrastructure for applications to run on a cloud, they help to make development process easier and more agile. Additional benefits include the ability to push out updates faster, immense and smooth scaling of applications, improved developer productivity, and the ability to build apps just once that are capable of running on any platform.


One of the major advantages is cost saving and that has lured most enterprises into shifting their infrastructure to Docker containers. Containers offer cost benefits on various fronts when compared to a legacy environment.

How containers save costs?
  • Unlike VMs, containers are free and open sourced
    The core code of Docker containers is open source and freely available for everyone to use. On the other hand, VMs cost a lot of money to use on a large scale. There are commercial implementations of containers available just like there are for VMs. But, considering the overall costs of running VMs and running containers, containers cost less as one does not have to pay anything for using containers.
  • Low licensing costs
    VMs require duplication of the OS and thus need separate licensing for each while containers share a common OS and thus need a single OS license for all the containers. This way, the container environment does not waste system resources duplicating operating-system functions, and all the resources can be utilized for the functioning of the actual app instead of duplications. Ultimately, this means more apps can be run with fewer physical servers while using containers.
  • Lower maintenance costs
    Containers facilitate environment parity which ensures that there is a consistency in all the environments – development, testing, and production. Such consistent environments are easier to maintain with a small team. Containers also behave as the best wrapping for microservices, offering better isolation of services. This makes it easier for developers and testers to spot bugs and isolate faults, thus preventing major bugs that might cost the company to fix.
  • The feasibility of paying only for what you use
    As containers have the ability to scale in response to fluctuations in demand of the application. So, while hosting containers in a cloud environment, one can pay only for the resources that the app consumes. This way, instead of having to maintain a cloud infrastructure with virtual servers, and pay for server capacity that may or may not be used by the application at all times, containers can help build a cloud environment where the company expenses scale with the service needs.

This is how containers help enterprises save costs of app development and delivery. For enterprises with large scale applications, these factors play a major role in cutting down costs in app development and maintenance.