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Decision Point for Selecting Stateful Container Storage

Published: 17 April 2019

ID: G00383151

Analyst(s): Tony Iams


As container adoption grows, use cases are expanding beyond stateless applications to stateful applications that require persistent storage. This Decision Point helps I&O technical professionals select a suitable storage approach for running stateful applications in containers.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Rehost Existing Applications
    • Revise Existing Applications
    • Build New Cloud-Native Applications
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Application Clustering
    • Data Synchronization
    • Storage Data Type
    • Advanced Data Services
    • Container Churn
    • Deployment Infrastructure: Cloud, On-Premises or Hybrid


  • Local Host Storage
  • Storage Appliances
  • Distributed File Systems
  • Container-Native Storage
  • Cloud Block Storage Service
  • Cloud File Storage Service

Future Developments

  • Maturity and Adoption of the CSI Specification
  • Container Storage Hyperconvergence

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