This IDC Perspective discusses persistent storage for containers, why they are needed, and the advanced data management services they consume. Enterprises are increasingly adopting cloud-native solutions for scale, agility, and access to emerging technologies and reduced operational expenditure. This compelling trend has made containers indispensable for both stateless web-scale applications as well as stateful enterprise applications. The latter requires a myriad of new container-native services for volume management, high availability, disaster recovery, and application consistency.
"As enterprises adopt hybrid and multicloud as the de facto architecture and embrace stateful containers for mission-critical workloads, a new paradigm is required for containerizing applications as well as managing and orchestrating data services for containers," said Chris Kanthan, research manager, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies group at IDC. "Enterprises must diligently analyze all their options for container engines, orchestrators, and different vendors that provide optimal solutions for this critical phase of the digital transformation."