The move to containerisation is no longer just for test and development, it’s now moved to production environments with a new survey showing over half (53%) of businesses are planning to adopt containers in the next year will be using them in production environments.
The State of Containers and the Docker Ecosystem 2015,survey from Ruxit, found more than 65% of respondents are already using containers for development, testing, or production, with the figure rising to 93% over the next 6-12 months, with the vast majority (78%) opting for Docker.
Whilst many of the initial uses are for test and development, two fifths (40%) currently use containers in production, rising to over half (53%) of all respondents planning to adopt containers in production in the next 6-12 months. The overwhelming reason (85%) for them moving to containers is the fast and easy deployment offered by containers, with 62% using containers for the technologies flexibility in deploying applications.
However the complexity of managing the performance of applications running inside of containers within the production environment without needing to install an agent on every container was identified as a key challenge of containerisation; with nearly half (46%) calling for reliable and production-ready solutions to support this requirement. Additionally over half (56%) think there’s a need for reliable and production-ready solutions for orchestration, performance monitoring (46%) and automation (40%).
Commenting on the survey Ruxit CTO Bernd Greifeneder said. “The survey shows monitoring application performance and scalability are key factors to success with container technology, and over half of those planning a container deployment in the coming 6-12 months will do so in production.”