Portworx Survey Confirms Container Storage Is an Issue for Many

Fifty-Five Percent Would Deploy Containers Within the Next Year if Storage Challenges Could Be Resolved

Redwood City, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2016 – Portworx, the leading data storage company for containers, today announced the results of its recently completed survey, which analyzed feedback from 648 IT professionals on the benefits they look to achieve with containers; it also determined their current container usage. The survey of small, mid-size and large enterprises found that the leading concern about container storage was lack of sufficient tools (56 percent) and that more than half (55 percent) would deploy stateful containers if existing storage challenges could be resolved.

The survey identified which business benefits IT professionals are seeking through the deployment of containers. Agility (75 percent) and reduced costs (53 percent) were the top benefits sought.

The survey results also revealed which application workloads users are planning to containerize in the next year. According to respondents, database (52 percent) and web (48 percent) applications are the two workloads IT professionals are looking to containerize as quickly as possible.

“IT professionals recognize that containers are lighter in weight, faster to provision and more efficient at using resources when compared to software builds and virtual machines,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx. “Yet container technology is still maturing, and users are seeking more sophisticated management tools and data protection to support enterprise deployments. Container users are also seeking a wide range of features for their storage solutions: automatic provisioning takes a slight lead, followed by converged infrastructure, hybrid capabilities and DevOps integrations, none of which are available with legacy storage solutions.”

Other key findings from the survey include the following:

  • 55 percent of IT professionals would deploy stateful containers within one year if storage challenges could be resolved.
  • The leading concern about container storage was lack of sufficient tools (56 percent), followed by concerns about data loss (42 percent), scale (34 percent) and speed (30 percent).
  • Agility (75 percent) and reduced costs (53 percent) were the most desired container benefits of respondents, followed by performance (40 percent).
  • Thirty-seven percent of respondents agreed that the most important feature a storage solution could provide is the direct provisioning of storage for containers, followed by converged infrastructure (23 percent), hybrid capabilities (20 percent) and DevOps integrations (19 percent), none of which are available with legacy storage solutions
  • Respondents plan to containerize databases more than any other workloads. Databases (52 percent) and the web (480 percent) are the two application workloads IT professionals are looking to containerize as quickly as possible, followed by batch processing jobs (44 percent) and big data workloads (32 percent).

Portworx further analyzed the survey data to gain deeper insights into the benefits and challenges of container adoption. The analysis revealed that, as users increased their container adoption rate from less than 20 percent to more than 80 percent, lacking adequate tools was consistently identified as their top challenge; with only one exception, for users who have have containerized 61-80 percent of their applications, scalability was the top concern.

Regression analysis of the data also revealed:

  • Users start by containerizing web applications, but quickly proceed to stateful applications. Respondents with less than 20 percent container adoption are already trying databases, batch, and to some degree, big-data workloads. As adoption increases to 21-60 percent, databases constitute the largest share of workloads being containerized.
  • For the majority of cases, agility was the biggest benefit that users sought. But for the respondents who containerized 61-80 percent of their applications, cost reduction was most important. Cost reduction and performance gains might not be the catalyst as teams kick the tires of container technology, but both are on users’ minds as they move through the containerization adoption curve.

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Portworx offers the industry’s first storage solution purpose-built for containers. Portworx container-defined storage spins up quickly and scales elastically based on application requirements—enabling organizations to manage their applications at container speed, in seconds, not days; slash storage and virtual machine costs by 70 percent; and get enterprise-class storage features for their containers. For more information, visit portworx.com.