This technology has gained serious momentum in automation with so many benefits, these small software modules, containing all required drivers and libraries can be deployed with great flexibly and with fantastic portability utilising cloud platforms.
The Docker enables the end user to use lesser resources to run the same application. Because of the reduced infrastructure requirements a Docker has. Thus, saving on all aspects from server costs to staff required to maintain them.
Docker-based architecture facilitates repeatable development, build, test, and production environments. Also, the ability to separate non-dependent steps and run them in parallel.
These Dockers can build, test, and release images that can be deployed across multiple servers and run the same no matter which server or whose ‘laptop’ they are running on. For developers, it eliminates lengthy time spent setting up environments, debugging environment-specific issues. Thus, a more portable and easy-to-set-up codebase. Users can take their own configuration, put it into code, and deploy without any problems, in many environments. They reduce deployment time dramatically thanks to its ability to create a container for every process without booting an OS. Data can be created and removed without any concerns.
The Docker makes sure each container has its own resources that are isolated from other containers. An application can be completely deleted from its container without affecting the others as the Docker ensures that applications that are running on containers are completely segregated and isolated from each other.
With Softing’s edgeConnector products from the dataFEED family, you can access control data directly without configuration effort, process it further via the OPC UA and MQTT standards, and thus achieve close integration of the production level with the IT level. The new version V2.21 now supports certificates and TLS/SSL encryption for the MQTT protocol. As a result, Softing fulfills the highest security standards that are required when integrating cloud platforms and other environments. Moreover, the Softing licence manager is now also available as a container application and thus offers deployment options for Softing products for any operating system, whether Windows, Linux or within virtual machines.
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