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The growth in cloud-native, or microservices-based, applications is synonymous with the use of containers. However, as a technology containers introduce some specific challenges for CIOs, not least of which is the lack of skills.


  • Ovum examines the key challenges of adopting containers at scale from a management perspective, and some of the different vendor approaches to mitigating these challenges.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand why containers and VMs are not zero-sum game.
  • Discover how the process dilemma of balancing governance with speed can be mitigated.

Key questions answered

  • What are the new security threats that containers are vulnerable to?
  • What are the main differences in managing VMs and containers?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Market context

  • Understanding the technology and why not all containers are the same
  • Containers and VMs are not a zero-sum game

Business focus

  • Agility and portability are the twin promise of containers when compared to VMs
  • Driving innovation requires DevOps to be fully implemented

Technology focus

  • The process dilemma of balancing governance with speed
  • The approach to security must match the new reality
  • Dealing with the storage and network challenges
  • Planning for scale and identifying the correct metrics


  • Further reading
  • Author