7 Trends in Docker Container Monitoring
September 05, 2018
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Despite their benefits, containerized application environments have created exponential complexity in cloud-based application management and monitoring. Seven Trends in Docker Container Monitoring a study conducted by CA Technologies in collaboration with Gatepoint Research, identifies 7 key container challenges and trends.

Containers offer immense value to enterprises by allowing developers to easily build, ship and run any application virtually anywhere, as a lightweight, self-sufficient package. In turn, organizations benefit from the ability to enable instant application portability.

According to a recent Gartner study of 664 respondents, “65% of respondents stated that their organization expected to deploy containers into production by the end of 2017 ... Further, an additional 13% expect to deploy containers during 2018, suggesting that interest and adoption will only increase.” (Source: Gartner, Inc., Survey Analysis: Container Adoption and Deployment, 2018, Mark Warrilow, Dennis Smith, March 08, 2018, ID: G00348437)

"Digital transformation initiatives increasingly rely on cloud-based containerized applications that cannot be managed with traditional IT monitoring tools," said Ali Siddiqui, GM of the Agile Operations, CA Technologies. "These new app architectures create blind-spots or worse, a surge of false alarms that prevent teams from fixing problems quickly. CA Technologies unique approach to container monitoring delivers full visibility in these most dynamic environments."

Key container challenges and trends identified in the new survey include:

1. Docker popularity is rising

Docker popularity is rising, but more than 50 percent of organizations surveyed say their use of Docker container technology is "just getting started."

2. App development and testing is primary Docker use case

App development and testing is the primary Docker use case. Most executives surveyed said they use Docker container technology for application development and testing (61 percent) and to reduce their existing infrastructure (53 percent).

3. Docker provides the most value

Docker provides the most value when it comes to continuous delivery, scalability and resource efficiency. More than half of executives indicated that Docker containers provide continuation integration and delivery (58 percent), scalability (57 percent) and resource efficiency (53 percent).

4. Skills gap is biggest in Docker monitoring

The skills gap is biggest in Docker monitoring, according to respondents (48 percent).

Business impact of Docker container performance is unmeasured

The business impact of Docker container performance is largely unmeasured today. More than half of executives (56 percent) said they are not monitoring Docker container performance problems for business impact yet.

Visibility of container performance is biggest motivator

Complete visibility of container performance is the biggest motivator for organizations, according to 56 percent of executives.

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Container monitoring has become an essential application performance management tool for DevOps to rapidly develop and deploy innovative, cloud-based applications. However, as Docker and other container adoption continues to expand, so do the challenges around it.

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