Containers are quickly becoming the newest unit of measure for IT, previously held by virtualization, according to new research from Enterprise Strategy Group.1
ESG found that the growing importance of containers is fueling two major trends:
- Containers are increasing the number and variety of sites IT must manage, including cloud and on-premises sites.
- Companies are leveraging container technology as a key component in providing both infrastructure and site independence for applications.
The ESG research shows that most organizations are using containers in multicloud environments, and the Aberdeen research shows that the most common deployment method by far is within a hybrid cloud environment.
According to Aberdeen, containers are a key technology in helping IT decision-makers address their most critical pressures, including:
- Reducing operating costs, cited by 42% of decision-makers.
- Increasing revenue, cited by 29%.
- Maximizing return on IT investments, cited by 18%.
Containerization strategies are also driving the growth of hybrid and multicloud infrastructures, which can be complemented and supplemented by containerized apps. Aberdeen notes, “Systems can scale quickly, and SLAs can be met reliably with quickly deployed containerized apps.”
Accelerating Container Use in 2022
One of the challenges in accelerating containerization usage is choosing a containerization platform that aligns with specific business priorities for greatest efficiency. This is complicated by the fact that IT architects and administrators may choose to deploy containers on the public cloud, in an existing data center or in a hybrid cloud environment, or host them locally.
Choosing a deployment type is not the only obstacle to accelerated usage. Deployment may also be delayed by the need for a consistent management framework encompassing both conventional and containerized apps for efficiency, as well as the need to support existing apps even while modernizing.
Other challenges cited by Aberdeen: Virtualized “monoliths” and containerized microservices must coexist gracefully, and IT operations need poolable resources to span containerized and virtualized applications.
Orchestration is critical to accelerating container usage, and for many enterprises, Kubernetes is the orchestration platform of choice. In fact, 96% of organizations reported using or evaluating Kubernetes in a 2021 survey by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.2
A VMware study found that 99% of Kubernetes users find clear benefits from using it, with improved resource utilization, easier application upgrades and maintenance, and shorter software development cycles cited most frequently.3
The reality, however, is that there are differentiators to consider among Kubernetes deployment platforms, particularly for hybrid cloud, multicloud and VMware environments. According to Aberdeen, top factors influencing decision-makers to consider container orchestration with Kubernetes are:
- Easier migration for virtual machines and cloud-based applications.
- Better centralized management.
- Better security harmonization across containers.
- Greater collaboration opportunities for developers and IT operations.
Taking the Next Step
When it comes to meeting the top priorities for Kubernetes container organization, the partnership of Dell Technologies and VMware offers benefits other solution providers can’t match.
VMware vSphere with Tanzu delivers Kubernetes integrated into the vSphere hypervisor. Dell and VMware offer Tanzu-based solutions that enable a transparent mix of containerization and conventional virtualization.
Dell and VMware deliver this support through a wide range of Tanzu-enabled solutions, including highly flexible as-a-service modernization with Dell Technologies APEX. The solution simplifies deployment through a cloud infrastructure installed in your on-premises core and edge data centers that is easy to consume and use as a cloud service.
As noted by Aberdeen, “Cloud technologies are the foundation for new application infrastructure, and Dell Technologies solutions featuring VMware Tanzu let you start building with cloud-native technologies now.”
For more information on how you can accelerate your use of containers with Kubernetes orchestration by leveraging a hybrid cloud, as-a-service model in 2022 and beyond, please visit Dell Technologies.
1 “ESG Research Report: Application Infrastructure Modernization Trends Across Distributed Cloud Environments,” Enterprise Strategy Group, March 9, 2022
2 “Annual Survey: The Year Kubernetes Crossed the Chasm,” Cloud Native Computing Foundation, 2021
3 “The State of Kubernetes 2022,” VMware