IDC interviewed nine organizations that are using Red Hat OpenShift as their primary application development platform. These organizations reported that OpenShift helps them deliver timely and compelling applications and features across their complex and heterogeneous IT environments and supports key IT initiatives such as containerization, microservices, and cloud migration strategies.
The market for open source PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and Container platforms is rapidly evolving, both in terms of technologies and the breadth of offerings being brought to market to accelerate application development. As the pace of change accelerates for many open source technologies, IT organizations and developers are evaluating the architectural trade-offs that will impact new cloud-native applications as well as integrations with existing applications and data.
Interest in containers is high, as infrastructure and operations leaders increase infrastructure agility for application development users. Operationalizing containers at scale and positioning container-related technology with other enterprise management tools are challenges that must be addressed.
Application platform technology in the cloud continues to be the center of growth as IT planners look to exploit cloud for the development and delivery of multichannel apps and services. Gartner examines the leading enterprise vendors for these platforms.
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the public deployment-centric cloud application platform component of the platform-as-a-service market through the IDC MarketScape model. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses vendors relative to the criteria and one another and highlights the factors expected to be the most influential for success in the market, both short term and long term.