As Container Adoption Grows, ROI Soon Follows

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-24-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    As Container Adoption Grows, ROI Soon Follows
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    As Container Adoption Grows, ROI Soon Follows

    Containers, which enclose pieces of code in a layer of software that can be transported easily between computers, have potential for big cost savings.
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    Broad Adoption
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    Broad Adoption

    70% of IT pros said their companies use containers today and another 21% indicate their organization plans to do so soon.
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    Contained Costs
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    Contained Costs

    37% said budget savings on IT infrastructure/management is a top driver of container adoption, while 21% cite the increased frequency of software releases.
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    Top Container Tech in Use
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    Top Container Tech in Use

    CoreOS: 33%, Google Kubernetes: 32%, Docker: 25%
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    Cloudy Days

    44% of survey respondents said their company is running containers in either Azure or AWS.
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    Appealing Alternatives

    30% said their organization is running containers in an IT hosting provider's facility and/or third party data center, and 27% are doing so within their own internal data center.
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    Biggest Benefits of Containers

    Improved flexibility for IT infrastructure: 63%, Overall IT cost savings: 53%, Increased speed/productivity for developers launching code: 52%, Greater responsiveness to business needs: 40%, More ROI from the cloud: 38%
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    Two-thirds of IT pros expect their company to save at least 16% on its IT budget by using containers, with one-fifth indicating the savings will exceed 30%.
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    Biggest Challenges of Using Containers

    Integrating them into existing IT environment: 55%, Securing them: 53%, Avoiding sprawl and cost overruns: 47%, Hiring enough expertise/staff: 42%, Orchestrating and automating them: 34%
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    Top Non-Container IT Initiatives in Place

    Big data/analytics: 76%, Public cloud services: 69%, DevOps: 56%, Automated code deployment: 48%, Legacy app modernization: 40%
 

The majority of organizations are either using container technologies today or plan to do so soon, according to a recent survey from NetEnrich. Simply stated, containers enclose pieces of code in a layer of software that can be transported easily between computers. Many companies are motivated to invest in these solutions due to the anticipated budget savings, as most IT pros expect that containers will produce double-digit percentage savings on tech costs. Survey respondents also indicate that containers will improve IT infrastructure flexibility while increasing speed and productivity on the part of code developers. "Container adoption is on the rise and leading to cost savings and efficiency gains for many IT organizations," said Chris Joseph, vice president of product management and marketing at NetEnrich. "However, companies are still grappling with issues such as integration, security and management when it comes to container tech. This will likely continue until the skillsets of internal IT staff catch up to the market. In the meantime, companies are benefiting from the support of outside consultants and service providers." An estimated 200 IT pros took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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