Why are containers a benefit for Industrial IoT?

23rd September 2019
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Why are containers a benefit for Industrial IoT?

Virtual machines and containers have been well-accepted by enterprise IT, but they are now moving into non-IT areas, such as industrial IoT edge devices. Both are tools that developers and system management use to take separate single applications or systems and consolidate multiple applications on to a single compute platform or server to optimise compute resources and save IT/OT costs. 

Guest blog written by Ranjan Sikand, Wind River Intern.

Each of these technologies provides different types of flexibility and agility expanding the field of capabilities and increasing productivity. Virtual machines, for example, are emulators run on top of existing physical hardware. They operate like a hypothetical computer, allowing you to set up an entirely new operating system and graphical interface within your own system. They can run software and test programs in a safely partitioned sandbox environment. This way, users are not limited by the confines of their operating system. However, they are often resource-intensive, as the OS-image can often be many gigabytes on its own, and as such they do not make sense for all applications.

Containers are an alternative that provide a similar level of versatility without the same level of investment. Now, systems like Docker allow developers to easily bundle applications, libraries, configuration files, and other utilities into an easily portable package; this increases the realm of possibilities for software developers, as they can move from one environment to another without needing to be redeveloped. They allow you to isolate Linux kernels so that multiple applications can be consolidated into a single machine, rather than operating in multiple hardware systems. Relative to virtual machines, the requirements on the system are lower, allowing many containers to operate in the same space. For example, if you wanted to run 1000 1GB virtual machines, you would need to allocate 1000GB. To set up 1000 containers, you would need as little as 1GB, assuming they all operated on the same kernel image.

This article, Crunching Enterprise Containers for Industrial IoT, from insight.tech, expounds upon containers, and goes into detail about the benefits of using a container system in conjunction with virtualisation platforms.

Guest blog courtesy of Wind River.


You must be logged in to comment

Write a comment

No comments




More from Wind River Systems U.K. Ltd

Sign up to view our publications

Sign up

Sign up to view our downloads

Sign up

SPS IPC Drives 2019
26th November 2019
Germany Nuremberg Messe
Vietnam International Defense & Security Exhibition 2020
4th March 2020
Vietnam National Convention Center, Hanoi