IDC software development analyst adds comments
IDC's Al Hilwa commented in an email message as this piece was posted:
"Red Hat sees Linux containers as the next big thing and an enabler for new cloud workloads... [Red Hat] is differentiating its OpenShift PaaS technology with the support of containers. This is a sound strategy because PaaS is in great need for standardized approaches to host workloads and sub-VM containers like Docker provide a standard mechanism for efficiently encapsulating an application and its libraries in a portable way. Red Hat is also producing a version of RHEL called Atomic which is specifically optimized to support containers in a lightweight fashion. In theory Docker and similar technologies enable density of workloads and thus more cost-efficient operation of cloud applications. This is a boon for hosters as the PaaS market expands because cloud economics is a key driver of cloud adoption.
"Containers are goodness for developers because of standardization and portability. Containers are goodness for Red Hat, because it has embraced them ahead of its competitors and because the bridge IaaS and PaaS capabilities in the same way that Red Hat has long positioned itself in the enterprise."