34% of respondents spend more than $250,000 on VMware licensing fees;
44% seeking to replace some of their virtual machines with containers
According to the survey data, enterprises are actively evaluating containers as a means to save hundreds of thousands of dollars by reducing their reliance on commercial virtualization technologies provided by VMware. More than two-fifths (44 percent) of respondents plan to replace some virtual machines with containers. Over half (55 percent) spend more than $100,000 annually on VMware licensing fees, and over one third (34 percent) spend more than $250,000 annually on VMware licensing fees.
(PLACEHOLDER JEFF CHOU QUOTE NOT YET APPROVED)
“Enterprises have made substantial capital investments in virtualization and have years of experience managing virtual machines, so it’s natural that they would consider running containers within their existing virtualized environment,” said Jeff Chou, Diamanti CEO and co-founder. “But the early adopters who run containers on virtual machines have experienced additional management complexity, lower utilization and efficiency, and dramatically reduced performance. Plus, running more virtual machines means more VMware licensing costs.”
See Diamanti’s white paper Five Reasons You Should Run Containers on Bare Metal, Not VMs to learn more about why most organizations that try to run containers on VMs find this approach does not scale.
Other survey data suggests that as IT leaders are tasked to drive digital transformation, at the core of almost every one of those initiatives is some form of container technology. Most of that adoption is being driven not only by developers, but also IT leaders eager to position their organizations to take advantage of the next big shifts in enterprise IT.
The survey also reveals some of the stumbling blocks of the early adopters of containers. 30 percent of respondents running containers in production cite infrastructure as their “greatest challenge”, followed by security (22 percent), deployment (22 percent), performance (19 percent) and persistent storage (12 percent).
Other Key Findings (download the full report)
NOTE: In some cases the option to select all answers that apply can add up to more than 100% for any individual question.
Lonn Johnston for Diamanti