SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A series of in-depth interviews with an Advisory Panel representing some of the 6000 attendees at the recent DockerCon 2017 event provided some significant insights into how containers are used in practice today and the new challenges enterprises face when looking for data management solutions for these environments. The aggregated results show a dynamic market that is ripe for change, with attendees understanding that data persistence is now crucial and that a new class of data management and storage solutions are required to deliver it.
Participants of the "State of Stateful Containers" advisory panel answered questions about their container deployments, the applications and use cases that require stateful containers, their requirements for different types of file sharing functionality, and the various storage services that they require.
Results showed that:
- Deployment was nearly equally distributed between on-premises (30 percent), public cloud (35 percent), and hybrid clouds (35 percent), reflecting the growing trend towards hybrid cloud IT and mobility across sites within the containers ecosystem.
- Thirty-four percent of respondents deployed container applications requiring persistent storage, with databases, both RDMBS and NoSQL, as the most prevalent applications deployed as stateful containers.
- Sixty-three percent of the respondents surveyed said that they share data across containers
- In conjunction with the need to deliver data persistence, respondents cited reasons that they would consider changing their existing container storage solution, including: high availability (83 percent), performance (71 percent), scale (58 percent) and cost (58 percent).
"This advisory panel survey of real-world users reveals that, as more and more organizations turn towards containers to support their dynamic business process requirements, data persistence and cross-cloud mobility are required to keep up with our customers' innovation," said Andy Fenselau, VP of Marketing of Elastifile, the enterprise hybrid cloud data management company. "To support stateful containers effectively, they want a solution that delivers persistent, scalable, highly-available shared access to business-critical container data, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or spanning both. While traditional storage products have failed to keep up, we have developed a unique cross-cloud data fabric that enables containerized workflows to leverage data efficiently across any environment, while also meeting the most demanding enterprise production SLAs for performance and availability. We see significant enterprise adoption for powerful container use cases like modernizing legacy applications, hybrid cloud DevOps, and enabling elastic SaaS platforms."
By delivering a scalable, high-performance persistence layer, Elastifile also enables containerization to address new use cases that were previously out of reach. Many traditional applications (e.g. relational databases), rely on persistence for their core functionality. With Elastifile, those applications can now be reliably and rapidly migrated to containerized infrastructure, both on-premises and in the cloud, thus enabling much simpler, more agile deployment and management.
Additional information about the advisory panel survey results can be found at https://blog.elastifile.com/the-state-of-stateful-containers. More information about Elastifile's cross-cloud data fabric for stateful containers is available at https://www.elastifile.com/resources.
Elastifile is redefining the way data is stored and managed, enabling seamless deployment of private and hybrid cloud solutions. With enterprises and service providers increasingly looking to support both on-premises and cloud workflows, Elastifile uniquely delivers this data management to application, analytics, and infrastructure teams as the single global namespace of a distributed file/object system. This elastic, scale-out, software-defined BYOH (bring-your-own-hardware) solution brings all the advantages of public IaaS to the data center and all the enterprise data services to the hybrid cloud.
Elastifile was founded in 2013 and is backed by seven market leaders from across the data center and storage industries, Battery Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Elastifile's founders and leadership team includes a powerful mix of experience across enterprise storage, virtualization, applications, and flash to help transform its customers' hybrid cloud workflows.
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