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The application container market is still very much in the making, so much so that it is getting harder not easier for enterprises to figure it out. The next 18 months will combine expansion, consolidation, and commercialization for vendors whose container strategy remains a work in progress.


  • Three startups (Docker, Mesosphere, and CoreOS) dominate the market.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain an overview of the main trends in the application container market.
  • Understand the current situation of the top three application container-related startups (Docker, Mesosphere, and CoreOS).

Key questions answered

  • How fast are application containers being adopted?
  • How do the top three application container related startups compare to one another?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

The application container market is still developing

  • Overall, the application container market is moving into global enterprise territory
  • On the supply side the application container market is moving toward consolidation and commercialization
  • On the demand side the application container market is moving toward deeper, broader adoption

The application container market is dominated by three startups: Docker, Mesosphere, and CoreOS

  • Commercial success is their number-one priority
  • Docker is the incumbent that needs to turn momentum into money
  • Mesosphere is the commercial success that needs momentum
  • CoreOS is the challenger that needs to make its mark

The application container market is dominated by three public cloud providers: AWS, Google, and Microsoft

  • CMPs hasten the rise of container-centric hybrid clouds
  • Public cloud-based managed CMPs are not dramatically changing the dynamics of the market
  • AWS has taken containers in its stride
  • Microsoft is embracing containers
  • Google is leveraging containers for its enterprise ambitions


  • Further reading
  • Author

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