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Assessing Application Containers and Their Impact on Virtualized Data Centers

Published: 24 January 2017

ID: G00290788

Analyst(s): Jason Normanton


Technical professionals responsible for I&O face significant hype around application containers, and around container management offerings like Docker. This assessment evaluates container technologies for enterprise readiness and analyzes their impact on virtualized data centers.

Table Of Contents


  • Container Fundamentals
    • What Are the Motivations for Container Adoption?
    • What Options Does an Organization Have as a User of Containers?
    • What Are the Benefits Driving the Rising Use of Containers?
    • How Do Containers Compare With VMs?
    • What Are the Core Components of a Container Management Framework?
    • What Are the Main Components of the Container Technology Stack?
  • An Overview of Docker
    • Docker Solution Components
    • Docker Swarm vs. Docker Swarm Mode
    • A Closer Look at Docker Universal Control Plane and Docker Datacenter
  • Container Ecosystems
  • Orchestration and Cluster Management
  • Container Support on Platforms Beyond Linux
  • Deployment and Operational Challenges
    • Container Life Cycle Challenges, as Compared With VMs
    • Specific Challenge Areas
  • Common Solution Components
  • Future Developments
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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