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China Summary Translation: 'Evolution of Server Computing: VMs to Containers to Serverless — Which to Use When?'

Published: 27 April 2018

ID: G00354765

Analyst(s): Uko Tian , Arun Chandrasekaran


New computing abstractions, such as Docker containers and serverless computing frameworks, are changing how and where enterprises consume server computing. Infrastructure and operations leaders should align their use cases with appropriate computing abstractions to benefit from these innovations.

Table Of Contents



Evolution of Server Computing: VMs to Containers to Serverless — Which to Use When?

  • Key Findings
  • Recommendations



  • Choose Computing Abstractions Based on Application Architecture Designs
  • Kick-Start Innovation Projects That Leverage Containers and/or Serverless Frameworks
  • Mitigate the Challenges That Arise From Ecosystem Immaturity
    • Key Limitations of Containers
    • Key Limitations of Serverless Computing Frameworks

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