Gartner Research

Assessing .NET Core for Modernizing .NET Applications

Published: 10 November 2017

ID: G00327355

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Enterprise application portfolios remain dependent on .NET, Windows and related skills. This research guides technical professionals responsible for modernizing application architecture and infrastructure to assess .NET Core's role in modernization toward microservices, containers and cloud.

Table Of Contents


  • .NET Core Basics
    • What You Need to Know About .NET Core
    • .NET Standard Is the One Library
    • Related and Satellite Technologies
    • What .NET Core Is Not
    • Measuring Adoption
  • Drivers for Using .NET Core as a Platform
    • .NET With C# and F# Is a Modern Application Platform
    • .NET Core Is Cross-Platform
    • .NET Core Enables DevOps
    • .NET Core Is Open
    • .NET Core Is Smaller
    • .NET Core Is Faster
  • Moving to .NET Core
    • Brownfield Scenarios: Choosing .NET Core to Modernize Your Existing .NET Apps
    • Greenfield Scenarios: Choosing .NET Core to Develop New Code
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Investigate Whether .NET Core Is Really the Solution to the High-Level Problem You Are Trying to Solve
  • Use .NET Core Now for These Scenarios With These Requirements
  • Prepare Now for the Changes Necessary to Use .NET Core
  • Do Not Try .NET Core in Other Situations

The Details

  • Significant Changes, Compatibilities and Incompatibilities
  • Third-Party Support
  • .NET Core Migration Approach
    • Migration Tools

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