By Ning Ge, Senior Product Marketing Manager

VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) was awarded EMA Top 3 products of 2018 by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) in its report published on March 1 — Ten Priorities for Container Management and DevOps in Production and at Scale in 2018. Based on primary research data obtained from 300 U.S. enterprises, this report presents ten key priorities for successfully leveraging containers in production and at scale. Here are the ten priorities:

  1. Integration with existing enterprise IT
  2. Consistent security and compliance framework
  3. Getting IT operators back into the driver’s seat
  4. Hybrid infrastructure management for containers
  5. Transitioning to hybrid apps and microservices
  6. Application-centric container management
  7. Transition to a declarative management paradigm
  8. Combining containers, PaaS, and FaaS
  9. Prioritization of applications for containerization
  10. Optimal Kubernetes management

This report reveals a lot very interesting data about the current status of containers and how the industry is embracing the technology. Although running containers on bare metal is still being pursued by some vendors and enterprises, the report says that most of the enterprises are more interested in running containers within the existing infrastructure stack, and easy integration of containers with existing data center technologies is the number one selection criteria for container management technologies. Primary integration points are hypervisor, storage, network, hyperscale clouds, server automation, and configuration management tools. For 83 percent of enterprises, VMware vSphere integration of container management is critical or very important to them. These findings are in line with what our team has seen during engagements with our customers, who are looking for a container management solution purpose-built for a vSphere environment.

In addition, the report also finds that 76 percent of the enterprises have deployed containers on multiple types of infrastructure (bare metal, VMs, cloud VMs, CaaS), with approximately 75 percent of containers running on VMs today, either on-premises or hosted by a third party. Also, while developers are the early adopters and main users of the container and container platform, as more business-critical applications are being containerized and enterprises start seeking scalability, security, compliance, and cost efficiency in container operations, leveraging existing IT operations resources becomes the only way to achieve these objectives. According to the report, in 66 percent of enterprises, IT operations teams are responsible for container SLAs. In addition, as we can all image, security and compliance are the top criteria when selecting container technologies.

Based on the 10 priorities listed earlier, VMware PKS was selected for the EMA Top 3 award of the container management platform. “PKS was selected for its deep integration with the existing VMware SDDC environment including not only vSphere, but also networking, storage and management tools, which makes PKS one of the most comprehensive solutions for managing containers today. According to our survey, integration with existing infrastructure is the number one priority of enterprises looking for a container management platform, ” says Torsten Volk, Managing Research Director, EMA.

EMA Top 3 products

Built specifically to support vSphere environments, PKS was named for its deep integration with VMware SDDC including not only vSphere for the hypervisor, VMware NSX-T for networking (NSX-T is included as one component of PKS), and VMware vSAN for persistent storage , but also VMware vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight, and Wavefront by VMware for monitoring, logging, and analytics. As one of the most comprehensive container solutions in the market today, PKS addresses the IT operational needs for both day-1 deployment and day-2 operational tasks. It brings IT operators closer to developers and helps IT regain the driving seat in managing infrastructure for container workloads. In addition to vSphere, PKS also runs on Google Cloud Platform, which offers hybrid infrastructure management for containers. Furthermore, with integrated NSX-T for pod-level networking as well as an enterprise-grade private container registry, PKS offers enhanced security for container workloads through micro-segmentation, security policies, and container image security such as vulnerability scanning, auditing, and notary.

To read the full report, download Ten Priorities for Container Management and DevOps in Production and at Scale in 2018. Stay tuned to the Cloud-Native Apps blog for more news around PKS.