Strong support for Linux containers, but enterprises remain wary: survey
Red Hat commissions poll, finds security and skills hampering adoption
Application container adoption is set to surge in the coming years, despite lingering concerns among enterprises over security, certification and skillsets, Red Hat claimed today.
The open-source solutions specialist cited the results of a survey conducted by TechValidate on Red Hat's behalf, which polled 383 global IT decision makers and professionals, representing organisations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to state and local governments.
The results suggest strong support among enterprises for container deployments, with 67% of respondents planning production roll-outs over the next two years. Respondents indicated that they plan to use container-based applications in cloud roles (50%) and as vehicles for Web and e-commerce software (56%).
Application development enhancements dominated as the top benefits of containers, with faster application deployment and reduced deployment effort topping the list at 60% each. Some 44% of those polled view containers as a means to consolidate existing servers.
Virtual machines are the preferred deployment method, with 83% of respondents planning to deploy containerised application implementations on top of virtual environments, demonstrating, in Red Hat's view that "organisations recognise the benefits of using containers and virtualisation together, rather than one or the other".
But respondents also shared concerns over the many stumbling blocks hindering adoption of containers, most prominently mentioning security and a lack of certification/image provenance (60%); integration with existing development tools and processes (58 %); management (55%); and existing knowledge and skills (54%).
"While it's apparent that enterprise interest in containers is growing, the challenges highlighted by the survey respondents reinforce Red Hat's own container strategy - directly addressing security and certification concerns, providing robust container management capabilities regardless of the container deployment platform, and creating tools and best practices to enable enterprises to develop the right skillsets to best leverage the promise of Linux containers for their organisations," said Tim Yeaton, senior vice president, Infrastructure Business, Red Hat.
"Ultimately, containers represent a significant paradigm shift for enterprise application development and deployment, whether used to modernise existing applications to build net new Web or cloud-native workloads, or enable DevOps. Large scale enterprise adoption can be accelerated by addressing enterprises' concerns about security, management, and developing the right skills."