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5 Use Cases When Containerization Is Absolutely Useless for You

#1 Static, Unchanging Environments

If your application has minimal dependencies and operates consistently across different environments without the need for isolation, containerization may offer little benefit.

Example:

  • If your application will be the only process executed on the machine.

#2 Limited Scalability Needs

For applications with predictable and steady workloads that do not require rapid scaling or dynamic resource allocation, the overhead of containerization might outweigh the advantages.

Example:

  • Small scale IoT apps.

#3 Simple, Standalone Applications

In cases where your application is straightforward, lacks dependencies, and isn't part of a larger ecosystem with varied technologies, containerization may introduce unnecessary complexity.

Example:

  • Zero dependency binaries, and also debugging a host process is more straightforward than doing the same with a container.
  • Offline applications installed from external medium, running without internet connection.

#4 Resource-Constrained Environments

On systems with extremely limited resources, such as embedded devices or constrained hardware, the overhead of running containerization platforms might not be justified.

Example:

  • Microelectronics.

#5 Desktop Applications

Sounds exotic, huh? For a good reason. It would be very unusual to use containers for desktop applications. Though similar isolation techniques exist, it is not widespread.

Example:

  • cs_16_nosteam_portable.exe😅

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