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Market Trends: The Rise of Bare-Metal Cloud and Containers

Published: 23 September 2015

ID: G00272303

Analyst(s): Douglas Toombs


The market for hosting and cloud computing infrastructure is expanding in two directions — toward bare-metal servers on demand, and to lightweight, fast OS containers that can be provisioned by users in seconds. Service providers should evaluate their current offerings against these emerging trends.

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Market Trend

  • The Market Is Expanding in Opposite Directions
    • The Developer Market Longs for Speed, Agility and Portability — Containers
    • The Enterprise Market Is Attracted to Familiarity and Perceived Safety — Bare-Metal Servers
    • The Best of Both Worlds — Bare Metal and Containers

Contrarian View

  • A Highly Visible "Container Breach" Could Slow Developer and/or Organizational Interest

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