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Rush to Hybrid Cloud Deployments Drives Demand for Enterprise Container Infrastructure, 451 Research Study Reveals
Kubernetes Leads amid Mixed Use of Container Orchestration Technology

CoreOS Fest, SAN FRANCISCO – May 31, 2017 – Containers are being adopted by enterprises to increase efficiency and developer productivity in hybrid cloud deployments according to a new study published today by CoreOS and 451 Research. The study identified the primary benefits of containers as hybrid cloud-enablement, efficiency and developer productivity with speed, portability and competitive advantage also among key benefits of software containers. Organizations of all sizes and particularly larger enterprises consistently ranked hybrid cloud as a top driver for container adoption.

“Organizations are looking for ways to create a consistent developer deployment model across on-premises and hybrid clouds,” said Jay Lyman, Principal Analyst, 451 Research. “The need to empower developers, the push to realize the benefits of public clouds and need to support mission critical on-premise applications have created multiple computing environments within the enterprise. In order to manage this increasingly chaotic IT infrastructure and avoid the mistakes of the past, organizations are turning to container software to deliver a single platform for application deployment across clouds and operationalized efficiency across the organization.”

The study surveyed more than 200 enterprise IT decision-makers from mostly large enterprises across a variety of verticals in the U.S. The survey revealed that 57 percent of organizations prefer a combination of both hosted Containers as a Service (CaaS) and on-premises CaaS, with a fairly even split among those opting for one or the other, to help manage applications across hybrid IT and hybrid cloud environments. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of respondents indicated they are using Kubernetes, with top benefits of the software identified as freeing up resources to focus priorities, hybrid-cloud/cross-cloud support, the ability to bring your own compute and avoiding vendor lock-in. Furthermore, more than half of organizations (52 percent) indicated they are running container management and orchestration software in production today. This represents a dramatic increase from the 10 percent using a container orchestration tool at all in 451 Research’s 2015 study.[1]

“Our mission at CoreOS is to break the cycle of vendor lock-in by making the best open source infrastructure management software available to our customers,” said Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS. “We are seeing enterprises look to container technologies to create a single platform to deploy applications on, no matter the cloud – public or private. CoreOS Tectonic uses pure upstream Kubernetes to help organizations achieve ultimate flexibility on how and where they run applications, as well as operationalize the infrastructure side to improve efficiency across the enterprise. Interestingly, we are also seeing organizations use Kubernetes to leap frog other technologies such as private clouds and platform as a service.”

With the need for developers to deliver applications in a timely manner, one-off and shadow IT use has created multiple cloud environments. As organizations work to gain greater efficiency both for developers and operations teams, they are increasingly embracing container technologies. It is no surprise that DevOps teams are more concerned about developer productivity (55 percent citing this as the reason to embrace containers) while infrastructure teams named efficiency (37 percent cited this as the reason to embrace containers).

Additional survey highlights include:

  • Containers are Not Just for Developers: While containers are most often associated with developers, the study found that twice as many IT operations people were identified as the primary user of containers compared to developers.
  • IT Management and Operations Teams are the Primary Purchasers of Container Technology: However, there is a growing developer influence on not only sourcing and managing specs, but also purchasing.
  • Training is a Huge Challenge: Training internal teams on container technology was identified as the top organizational challenge, with internal culture, fear of redundancy and the immaturity of containers identified as the other main organizational hurdles.
  • A Container Strategy Attracts Talent: Respondents generally viewed a container strategy as critical to attracting and retaining talent, with only a small percentage claiming a minimal impact.

The whole report is available here for further review and reading.

About 451 Research

451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, we provide essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via syndicated research, advisory services and live events to over 1,000 client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world. 451 Research analysts cover emerging technology segments such as cloud computing, datacenter technologies and mobility. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York, 451 Research is a division of The 451 Group.

About CoreOS, Inc.

CoreOS is a leading member of the open source community and creator of CoreOS Tectonic, an enterprise ready Kubernetes platform. Tectonic provides the operations capabilities and enterprise features that are fueling broad adoption of scalable and resilient containerized applications. CoreOS created and maintains several open source projects including Container Linux, a secure Linux distribution that automates updates and is streamlined for running containers, and etcd, the distributed data store for Kubernetes. The CoreOS team is comprised of experts in container management and distributed systems from cloud-scale pioneers like Google, Twitter and Rackspace. Learn more at or @CoreOS.

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[1] 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Computing, Q3 2015