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It took about three years from March 2013 for the application container market to mature enough to shift its focus from open source containers to open source container management platforms (CMPs).


  • This report provides an overview of the main open source communities involved and how they relate to their main “legacy” counterparts OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the strategy and evolution of the Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos open source communities.
  • Understand how the Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos open source communities impact the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry communities.

Key questions answered

  • How have the Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos communities evolved?
  • What is the impact of the rise of Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

The Kubernetes community has momentum but the market remains fluid

  • The Docker community has started to move beyond Docker
  • The Kubernetes community has moved beyond Google
  • The Mesos community has made a recent move beyond Mesosphere
  • The three communities interact with one another
  • The three communities cooperate with the open source projects they leverage

The OpenStack and Cloud Foundry communities are adapting to containers

  • The OpenStack community is doing a great job but container-centric CMPs are a rising alternative
  • The Cloud foundry community needs to be more proactive when it comes to containers


  • Further reading
  • Author

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