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Docker 2019 Predictions: The Year Container Platforms Are Run At Scale Within the Enterprise

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Banjot Chanana, VP of Product, Docker

The Year Container Platforms Are Run At Scale Within the Enterprise

Containers have had drastic impacts on the productivity of developers and IT departments, with adoption moving past early-stage pilot projects to large-scale enterprise deployments. As a foundational technology leveraged by enterprises to both modernize legacy applications and create new cloud-native applications to outpace and out-innovate competitors, it's no surprise containers are expected to be a $2.7 billion market by 2020.

As we inch another year closer to this forecast, Docker VP of Product, Banjot Chanana shares his 2019 predictions, benchmarking what he sees as the future of containerization - and container platforms in particular - and the impact of this widely adopted technology on enterprise cloud strategies.

2019 is the year enterprises take a container-first approach

Container platforms are no longer optional for the enterprise, they have become widely adopted as enterprises grapple for ways to scale and secure application deployments. Independent research firms like Forrester recognize and solidified the importance of the market for enterprise container platforms with the first-ever New Wave report. This will be the year that enterprises not only cement container platforms as the foundation for their traditional applications but also start new development for cloud-native applications using container-native development tools integrated with development environments and CI/CD processes. In 2019, enterprises will default all applications to being deployed as containers.

Multi-cloud strategies will become even more of a reality for enterprises in 2019

As we watch Amazon, Microsoft and Google compete to take over the cloud market, it's clear that companies will employ a multi-cloud strategy to take advantage of cloud providers strengths. An example of this is reflected in recent research from IDC that cited that container deployers use more than three clouds on average; organizations that use containers can move freely between cloud environments and even back on premise. Container platforms are key to achieving this level of flexibility so that companies can easily adapt as their needs evolve. In 2019, we'll see an increase in enterprises taking advantage of containers in a multi-cloud architecture to ensure they receive the right business benefits each cloud can offer. And container platforms will be the vehicle to making this a reality by giving companies the freedom to move between clouds without fear of lock in.

Legacy apps will be the catalyst for digital transformation in 2019

Every industry is facing the challenge of digital disruption but enterprises can use the wealth of data about their customers to their advantage by using existing applications as the catalyst for digital transformation. There's a lot of buzz around cloud-native, and for good reason, but what we shouldn't overlook is that many businesses run on their existing applications and have a massive amount of information about their customers locked away in those existing applications. Container platforms allow companies to take advantage of mission-critical technology by unlocking their investments, giving them the ability to modernize legacy applications; make them more secure, efficient and portable to hybrid and multi-cloud environments - all without touching source code. As new technologies that promise to bring real change become a priority, organizations will tackle the modernization of critical legacy apps through incremental, high value, and easy-to-implement projects that also set them up to achieve microservices at a pace that best suits their needs.


About the Author

Banjot Chanana 

Banjot Chanana is VP of product at Docker, delivering solutions for enterprises and developers to build, ship and run any application on any infrastructure using the Docker container platform.

Prior to Docker, Banjot ran product management teams at VMware for vSphere and vCloud product lines, developed security products at VeriSign, and had experience managing servers as a sysadmin at John Snow, Inc. 
Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:16 AM by David Marshall
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