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Answering the 10 Biggest Questions About Containers, Microservices and Docker

Published: 28 March 2018

ID: G00352251

Analyst(s): Dennis Smith , Paul Vincent , Arun Chandrasekaran , Raj Bala

Summary

Containers have emerged as a red-hot topic among Gartner's clients. This research note answers the most common questions I&O leaders are asking about how to realize the agility that containers promise.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • 1. What Are the Most Appropriate Uses of Containers?
  • 2. What Are the Critical Components That Make Up a Container Deployment On-Premises, and How Are They Used?
  • 3. What Is the State of Container Services in the Public Cloud?
  • 4. What Is the Relationship Between Products (Such as Cloud Foundry and OpenShift) and Containers?
  • 5. What Is the State of Windows Containers? How Does VMware Factor Into Containers?
  • 6. Should I Choose a Container-as-a-Service Offering, Kubernetes Distribution or the BYO Container Management Solution?
  • 7. Is the Container Technology Inherently Less Secure Than VMs? What Security Best Practices Should We Follow?
  • 8. Are Containers Suitable for Processing Sensitive Data and Applications?
  • 9. Are Containers Suitable for COTS Applications?
  • 10. Should We Refactor an Application, Such as Those Based on Oracle and IBM, to Better Support Containers?

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