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. CaaS empowers IT teams to perform lifecycle management of containerized workloads in a self-service manner.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

Competitive landscape analyzes the growth strategies adopted by the various key players in the CaaS market. Google, Microsoft, AWS, IBM, Red Hat, Cisco Systems, and Docker are recognized as some of the top players in the CaaS market. This chapter also includes the MicroQuadrant, which provides information about the 25 major players who offer container services. The vendor evaluations are based on 2 broad categories: strength of product portfolio and business strategy excellence. Each category carries various criteria based on which the vendors have been evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under the strength of product portfolio include breadth and depth of product offering, product feature and functionality, focus on product innovation, and product differentiation. The evaluation criteria considered under the business strategy excellence include geographic footprint, breadth of applications served, effectiveness of organic growth strategy, and effectiveness of inorganic growth strategy. The services offered by these top players are loaded with many features and capabilities. Additionally, these players have adopted various business strategies to maintain their leading position in the CaaS market.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall in this category generally receive high scores for most of the evaluation criteria. They have strong and established product portfolios and a very strong market presence. Also, they offer strong, mature, and reputable container services, along with strong business strategies. Google, Microsoft, AWS, IBM, Red Hat, Cisco Systems, and Docker are the visionary leaders in the MicroQuadrant.

INNOVATORS

Innovators in the MicroQuadrant are the vendors who have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have a very focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business. Puppet, Joyent, SUSE, Apcera, Rancher Labs, Cloud 66, and StorageOS are the vendors who fall in the innovators’ category.

DYNAMIC Differentiators

They are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they are low in product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. Oracle, VMware, Huawei, and Black Duck Software are the vendors who fall in this category.

EMERGING COMPANIES

They are vendors with niche product offerings and are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction. Aqua Security Software, Dynatrace, Kontena, Mesosphere, CoScale, StackPointCloud, and Portworx are the vendors who fall in this category.

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • IBM is one of the leading companies, focusing on differentiating its business portfolio by providing new capabilities. IBM’s product portfolio includes IBM Bluemix Container 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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