Is it right to use container for database?

Container has changed the way applications are developed and deployed. The ease of packaging dependencies and the ability to freeze the contents of the container has given the power of deploying repeatable environments. Developers can now confidently echo “What works on my machine can work everywhere”. Containers go hand in hand with DevOps process. In fact, it is a right fit for the DevOps. With Infrastructure defined as a Code (IaC), an entire application image can be built using a code and deployed on the platform of choice. Since containers require very less time to start compared to the Virtual Machine startup, deploying a new release or rollback can be done easily. But what about a state of an application? A majority of the applications require a state to be maintained for preserving either user data or actions. Due to ephemeral nature of containers, it is recommended for packaging application source code, but what about a database?

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MySQL inside Docker

In the previous article, we learnt how Spring boot application can be packaged inside a docker container. The containerization approach helps to quickly spin up an environment and destroy it when not needed. This approach is not just limited to Programming languages but it can be easily be extended for Databases too! Most of the databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL can be easily be containerized. The configuration can be tuned as per application requirements and developers have total freedom to test the changes without impacting the centralized environment. In this article, we will focus on how MySQL database can be containerized. If you do not have Docker setup yet, please refer to this article for docker installation.
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