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Containers, serverless computing grow in popularity with increased cloud push

A majority of companies are putting critical business applications in the cloud, and a growing number are using technologies such as containers and serverless computing, according to a new report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation, an independent non-profit open source organization.

The organization commissioned consulting and research firm ClearPath Strategies to survey 501 IT professionals and executives worldwide, and found that 74 percent of the respondents equate digital transformation to “perpetual shifts and constant adaption of new technology,” compared with 26 percent who view digital transformation as a “one-time change and adoption of new technology.”

More than three quarters of IT decision makers think digital transformation is a reality, and 86 percent of CIOs, CTOs, and line-of-business leaders agree.

Nearly half of the respondents (48 percent) report using a combination of platform-as-a-service (PaaS), containers, and serverless technologies together, an increase of nine percent from last year’s report.

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There are increases across the board in companies using a combination of all three technologies in various iterations, with 72 percent using PaaS and containers together, 50 percent using PaaS and serverless together, and 49 percent using containers and serverless together.

Among organizations using or evaluating containers, there has been substantial growth in the number of containers used, the study said. The number of organizations using 100 or more containers has grown from 34 percent in April 2018 to 48 percent in February 2019.

Among the IT decision makers surveyed, 62 percent said they expect containers to be mainstream at their organization within a year.

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