Report: Container Technology Global Perception Study

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Businesses across the global economy are putting overwhelming pressure on IT organizations to rapidly develop and update customer-engaging mobile applications. At the same time, while currently lacking both the internal skills and processes for such rapid development, enterprise companies in established markets also face the dilemma of having large investments in on premises systems and application stacks that preclude the full cloud adoption that well-capitalized start-ups choose.

Within that context, recently published results of a 2016 Cloud Foundry Foundation perception study tell a clear story about the multinational outlook on containers technology:

  • The rush to digital transformation across the global economy reflects market disruption trends by mobile application platforms like Uber.
  • Enterprise IT architects worldwide are evaluating containers as their easiest path to a high velocity continuous integration/delivery of mobile applications relevant to end users.
  • However, quickly encountering the difficulty of operating containers at scale, evaluators and adopters are confirming the value of using containers in a platform-as-a-service.
  • With PaaS-managed containers, in-house IT teams can now off-load worries about managing infrastructure, and instead figure out how to use containers with an appropriate hybrid of existing on premises and new cloud-based technologies; and development teams can more easily make changes in their DevOps practices that accelerate application integration and delivery.

Cloud Foundry commissioned ClearPath Strategies to conduct a survey that included:

  • 711 respondents in the roles of developer, operations, IT manager, and line of business.
  • And equal number of organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • No organization with fewer than 100 employees.

Summary of the findings

A majority of respondent organizations have deployed or are in the process of evaluating containers, and 64% expect to be using containers in production within the next year.

Three findings anchor the report published in Hope Versus Reality: Containers in 2016:

  • Containers are a key enabler as organizations adopt continuous delivery as part of their digital transformation.
  • Increased container adoption raises new concerns about managing containers at scale.
  • Users prefer platforms over orchestration tools for container management.

Containers and continuous integration/delivery

From a set of options that seek to pinpoint motivation in moving towards cloud adoption, respondents chose application development as their primary reason for evaluating/adopting containers.



It’s revealed that respondents want containers to be part of a platform in which DevOps practices occur, as 72% “believe ‘containers should be treated as just another component of infrastructure controlled policies,’ as opposed to a ‘discrete step in the application development and application deployment process’.”

Integrating containers at scale

While many want containers to become part of the infrastructure for their organization’s DevOps practices, and find that containers do accelerate the process of application development and delivery, respondents also realize that scaling the infrastructure for containers exceeds the limitations of their current IT.



Preferring containers within a managed platform

And so, realizing that integrating containers into their existing environment at scale is untenable, respondents want to use containers as a service, and preferably within a platform that offers more than just containers.



42% of those using and evaluating tools and platforms that manage containers mentioned their preference for Cloud Foundry, upon which many vendor platforms, including IBM Bluemix, are based.



For more information and to check out the entire report:

Download “Containers in 2016” report


Senior Content Strategist, WW Marketing

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