It’s still early days though. A study by UBM late last year found that only 7% of more than 300 technology professionals at large organizations were using containers in production. Another 27% were using them in test and development environments, and 8% chose the “what are containers” response to the question. Lyman pointed to 451 research of a more targeted audience, which found that up to one-third of respondents were broadly using containers.
“We see container usage increasing pretty quickly,” Lyman says. “Once you start managing container clusters, instead of just containers in virtual machines, then you start dealing with more complexity.” Container management platforms help organizations oversee the compute, network and storage needs associated with deploying containers at scale. Most mainstream enterprises IT shops are not yet at the point of needing a container management platform, Lyman says, but the platforms are being used in test and development scenarios and they should be “on the radar” of IT shops.
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