Gartner Research

Assessing Container Management Frameworks Running On-Premises and in the Cloud

Published: 24 May 2017

ID: G00323943

Analyst(s): Simon Richard


Technical professionals struggle to integrate open-source systems for managing the container ecosystem on-premises and in the cloud. Containers as a service solutions assist I&O in operationalizing the Docker life cycle. This research explores the relationships between required CaaS components.

Table Of Contents


  • Why the Need for a Container Platform That Can Run On-Premises and in the Cloud?
    • CaaS Vendors
  • CaaS Reference Architecture
  • A Guided Tour of the Reference Architecture Components
    • Management User Interface
    • Container Orchestration and Scheduling
    • Service Discovery and Registration
    • Ingress Service Routing
  • Container Runtime
    • What to Look for in the Container Runtime Components
  • Monitoring
    • What to Look for in Container Runtime Components
  • Security
    • What to Look for in Platform Security
  • Governance
  • Network and Storage Integration
    • Container Networking
    • Container Storage
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Pure-Play Container-Centric Frameworks
    • CoreOS Tectonic
    • Docker Datacenter
    • Mesosphere
    • Rancher Labs
  • CaaS Delivered as SaaS
  • PaaS Pivoting to Offer CaaS Functionality
    • Apcera
    • Apprenda
    • Red Hat OpenShift

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