Research Report Uncovers Key Barriers to Expanded Use of Containers in Production, Shows that Docker Owns the Overwhelming Share of DevOps Attention
SAN FRANCISCO – June 17, 2015 – In a first-of-its kind survey and research report commissioned by ClusterHQ and conducted by DevOps.com, it was revealed that 94 percent of organizations are using or investigating container technologies. Currently, only 38 percent of respondents reported using containers in production environments, but that number is projected to increase 69 percent over the next 12 months as organizations find news ways of addressing important barriers to adoption. It was also verified that Docker is overwhelmingly the container of choice, with 92% of respondents having used or investigated it, followed by LXC (32%) in a distant second, but still far ahead of Rocket (21%). To access the complete survey and report visit https://clusterhq.com/assets/pdfs/state-of-container-usage-june-2015.pdf.
DevOps.com, a central resource for DevOps education and community building, polled 285 respondents from companies ranging in size from small organizations with 1 to 500 employees (69%), to mid-size companies with 501-2,500 personnel (12%), all the way up to large enterprises with over 2,500 employees (19%), demonstrating that containers are being embraced by all businesses from the startup stage to globally dominant organizations.
Respondents came predominantly from development, operations, QA, DevOps and security teams. The survey revealed how container technologies are being used today, as well as research-based insights about where the industry is headed over the next year.
Concerns and Barriers to Container Adoption
Among the findings uncovered by the survey were insights into what respondents perceived to be the primary barriers to container adoption. When asked to rank several categories on a scale of “major barrier” to “no barrier,” the following were considered to be major to moderate barriers:
- Security — 61%
- Data Management — 53%
- Networking — 51%
- Skills and Knowledge — 48%
- Persistent Storage — 48%
Need for Container Data Management Revealed
Additional responses showed that data management capabilities are essential to the success of container strategies and that the vast majority of organizations want to run databases and other stateful services in containers.
- When asked to rate how important data management is to container strategies, 66 percent reported it as a critical or important gating factor, 29 percent ranked it as moderately important and only 5 percent reported that it carries no importance.
- Over 70% of respondents said they would like to run a database or other stateful service in their container environments.
- Respondents were also asked which specific features of container data management they considered to be most important, selecting the “integration of data management capabilities into existing container workflows and tools” as their first choice, with “seamless movement of data between dev, test and production environments” a close second.
- MySQL (53%), Redis (52%), PostgreSQL (50%), and Elasticsearch (43%) were reported as the top four most frequently used stateful services.
Multiple Infrastructures Running Containers
Containers are known for portability and flexibility, the survey reveals that organizations are using them in different infrastructures but most frequently in on-premises data centers (57%), followed by Amazon Web Services (52%).
(Questions were multiple choice and allowed choosing all that apply; hence percentages exceed 100 in some cases.)
“In the history of computing, few technologies have emerged as explosively as containers. The over half a billion downloads of container software solutions in the past year led us to engage DevOps.com to dig into the specifics of how containers are truly being used in modern IT environments,” said Mark Davis, CEO of ClusterHQ, developer of Flocker container data management software. “This survey confirms anecdotal evidence that ClusterHQ had previously gathered—that organizations are being aggressive with container usage, yet today’s container technology is no application deployment panacea because there are still barriers to universal adoption to overcome.”
In addition to this news, ClusterHQ today announced the general availability of its Flocker 1.0 platform and a partnership with EMC. To learn more about Flocker 1.0 visit clusterhq.com/flocker; to learn more about the EMC integration visit clusterhq.com/2015/06/17/emc-partnership/.
During DockerCon 2015, June 22 - 23 in San Francisco, learn about ClusterHQ’s Flocker 1.0 at Booth G8 and come hear Luke Marsden, CTO of ClusterHQ speak on Monday, June 22 at 2:50 PM PT.
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