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Get Smart in Five Minutes: Container images 101

Will Dolinsky, Content Specialist
June 4, 2024
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Image showing title screen for Get Smart in Five Minutes series, episode 1: What is a container image?

Ever wonder what makes your favorite apps so portable and reliable? The answer lies in a powerful yet often misunderstood concept: container images.

Introducing Get Smart in 5 Minutes

We're excited to launch our new YouTube series — Get Smart in 5 Minutes — where we break down complex tech concepts into bite-sized, easy-to-understand explanations.

Episode 1: What is a container image?

In our first episode, we dive into the world of container images. You'll learn:

  • The basics: What a container image is, and why it is so essential for modern software development.
  • Components: What the building blocks of a container image are (base image, application code, dependencies, configuration).
  • How to choose: What factors you should consider when selecting a container image (trustworthiness, release date, minimalism, security).
  • The Chainguard advantage: How the Chainguard Image Registry offers a secure and reliable solution for your container needs.

Why container images matter

Container images have revolutionized the way we build, ship, and run applications. They offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Portability: Run your apps consistently across different environments.
  • Efficiency: Optimize resource usage and reduce overhead.
  • Security: Isolate applications and minimize vulnerabilities.
  • Scalability: Easily scale your apps up or down as needed.

Ready to get smart in five minutes? Join Ryan O’Daniel and Adrian Mouat in Episode 1 of Get Smart in 5 Minutes as they demystify container images and reveal the magic behind your favorite apps. Click here to watch now.

Stay tuned

We have a whole lineup of exciting topics planned for future episodes of Get Smart in 5 Minutes. Subscribe to Chainguard’s YouTube channel and hit the notification bell so you never miss an episode.

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