A container is essentially a type of Operating System (OS) virtualization that is more efficient than hardware infrastructure virtualization. CaaS is a cloud delivery model, in which the container management platform is delivered to users as a hosted service by a service provider. Container Software empowers IT teams to perform lifecycle management of containerized workloads in a self-service manner.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Visionary leaders are the leading market players in terms of new developments such as product launches, innovative technologies, and the adoption of growth strategies. These players have a broad product offering that caters to most of the regions globally. Visionary leaders primarily focus on acquiring the leading market position through their strong financial capabilities and their well-established brand equity.

INNOVATORS

Innovators in the competitive leadership mapping are vendors that have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. The companies have focused on product portfolios. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business, when compared with the visionary leaders.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

Dynamic Differentiators are established players with very strong business strategies. However, they have a weaker product portfolio compared to the visionary leaders. They generally focus only on a specific type of technology related to the product.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Emerging companies have niche product and service offerings. Their business strategies are not as strong as that of the established vendors. The emerging vendors include the new entrants in the market, emerging in terms of product portfolio and geographic reach, and require time to gain significant traction in the market.

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EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing Containers as a Service tools.
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Product Portfolio
    • Value Added Services
    • Pricing
    • Services
      • Container Montioring and Analytics
      • Container Security
      • Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)
      • Storage and Networking
      • Container Management and Orchestration
      • Training and Consulting
      • Support and Maintenance
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Storage and Networking
      • Application Centric Storage
      • Application Platform Agnostic
      • Self-Managing and Provisioning
      • Incident Management and Reporting
      • Scalability
      • Portability and Flexibility
      • Policy-driven Security
      • Other Features
    • Security features
      • Dashboard Visibility
      • Compliance Monitoring Policy
      • Container Isolation
      • Easy Management
      • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
      • Automatred Security Assessment
      • Policy-based Enforcement
      • Specify Others
    • Orchestration Features
      • Centralized Management
      • End-to-End Visibility
      • Multiple Hosts
      • Network Orchestration
      • Load Balancing
      • Affinity/Anti-Affinity
      • Others, please specify
    • Monitoring and Analytics
      • Auto-Discovery of Containers
      • Configurable Dashboard
      • Aggregates data across containers in a service
      • Anomaly Detection
      • Auto create events for alert triggers
      • Others
    • Continuous Integration
      • Repeatability
      • Centralized Management.
      • Isolation
      • Parallelization
      • Automated Release
      • Frequent Testing
      • Others specify
    • Applications Served
      • Cloud Native Applications
      • Legacy/Traditional Applications
  • Focus on Product Innovation
    • R&D Spend
    • Innovations
  • Product Differentiation and Impact on Customer Value
    • USP
    • Solutions Delivery
      • Multiple Cloud Providers
      • Multiple Container Runtime
      • Multiple Container Registries
      • Different Types of Applications
      • Multiple Programming Language

TOP VENDORS (25)

  • 1

    Google is one of the key players which is significantly focusing on delivering innovative solutions and services to its end-users. Google Container Engine is a management and orchestration system for Docker container and container clusters’ that run within Google’s public cloud services.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1998
    • More than $100 BN
    • 75,001 to 1,00,000
  • 2

    Microsoft is one of the leading players offering container services. Azure Container Instance of Microsoft is a container scheduling and orchestration service for its Azure cloud computing service.

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    • Enterprise
    • Washington, USA
    • Founded: 1975
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 3

    AWS is one of leading providers of cloud computing technologies, such as compute, storage, networking and content delivery, and analytics. Since its inception in 2006, the company has been focused on delivering the most advanced technology solutions and services to its customers.

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    • Enterprise
    • Washington, USA
    • Founded: 1994
    • More than $100 BN
    • 5,00,001 & more
  • 4

    Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is the product offered by Docker in the CaaS market. Docker EE helps IT teams to manage and secure diverse applications across different infrastructures, both on-premises and in the cloud. The product offers a secure software supply chain that allows enterprises to ship more applications securely on a regular basis.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 5

    IBM is one of the leading companies, focusing on differentiating its business portfolio by providing new capabilities. IBM’s product portfolio includes IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and other related services. The company provides a strong product portfolio by delivering secure, scalable, and reliable CaaS solutions and services.

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    • Enterprise
    • New York, USA
    • Founded: 1911
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 6

    Red Hat offers Red Hat OpenShift as its product in the CaaS market space. It is a comprehensive enterprise-grade container application platform which is based on industry standards such as Docker and Kubernetes.

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    • Enterprise
    • 10,001 to 15,000
  • 7

    Cisco acquired ContainerX, a privately held container management technology company in August 2016. With this acquisition, Cisco established its foothold in the CaaS market.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1984
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 9

    VMware offers vSphere Integrated Containers as its product in the CaaS market. vSphere Integrated Containers include 3 major components, namely, vSphere Integrated Container Engine, Container Management Portal, and Container Registry.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1998
    • $5BN to $10BN
    • 20,001 to 25,000
    • Enterprise
    • Guangdong, China
    • Founded: 1987
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 11

    Joyent’s product portfolio in the CaaS market consists of multiple offerings, namely, networking and security, security compliance, load balancing, ContainerPilot, access management, monitoring, and DTrace. The networking and security product provides automatic, universal DNS for the containers, multi-layered VLANs, network modeling, default access with SSH keys, global and local firewalls, RBAC, and container security.

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    • Startup
    • San Francisco, California, US
    • Founded: 2004
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 12

    Apcera offers Apcera Container Management Platform in the CaaS market. The platform is based on container technology and provides high workload security through policy and enforcement. The platform provides a full-stack container management platform.

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    • Startup
    • San Francisco, California, US
    • Founded: 2012
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 13

    SUSE CaaS Platform is an application development and hosting platform for container applications and services that enable IT teams to provision, manage, and scale container-based applications and services. This platform consists of 3 main components, namely, orchestration, operating system for microservices and containers, and configuration.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1977
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 15

    Rancher Labs offers an innovative and fully integrated set of solutions in the CaaS market, including Rancher and RancherOS. Rancher is a complete container management platform that makes it easy to adopt, run, and manage Docker containers and multiple Kubernetes clusters.

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    • Startup
    • Cupertino, California, US
    • Founded: 2014
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • Burlington, Massachusetts, US
    • Founded: 2003
    • Enterprise
    • London, UK
    • Founded: 2011
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • London, UK
    • Founded: 2015
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Startup
    • Linz, Oberosterreich, Austria
    • Founded: 2005
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Startup
    • New York City, New York, US
    • Founded: 2016
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Startup
    • Los Altos, California, US
    • Founded: 2014
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100

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