Strong Enterprise Interest for Running Databases within Containers, New Robin Survey Reveals

Workload Consolidation, Better Performance Key Motivations Behind 80 Percent Planned Increase in Container Investment

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 – More than three out of four IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications such as databases within containers, according to a recent survey conducted by Robin Systems, a Silicon Valley-based provider of containerized data platform software. Results of the survey, conducted in December 2015 with more than 200 respondents from industry verticals including retail, banking/finance, manufacturing, and Internet infrastructure, also indicated 81 percent of respondents expect their companies to increase the investment in container-based technology.

Workload consolidation and lower performance overhead, as compared to traditional virtualization, are the key motivation for 78.5 percent of IT decision makers who expressed interest in running databases within containers. Performance was cited by more than half (53 percent) of respondents as the most important consideration for running databases within containers.

Other survey findings include:

  • Enterprise container adoption continues to grow. 35 percent of respondents are already using containers in production while 26 percent are experimenting with it.
  • The interest in container usage transcends application types. A majority of respondents reported deploying both stateful and stateless applications within the containers.
  • Containers are emerging as the preferred platform for running databases, with approximately half the respondents doing so.
  • About 40 percent of respondents indicated they have deployed Big Data applications such as Hadoop and Spark within containers.
  • While Docker is certainly getting fast adoption, LXC and LXD remain as the preferred containerization technology for running data-centric applications, with 60 percent citing their use.
  • AWS EBS was reported as the most popular storage backend for containers at 30 percent, reflecting widespread containers adoption for cloud-native applications. With regard to on- premise storage infrastructure, respondents were essentially split between Storage Area Network (SAN) and Direct Attached Storage (DAS), both of which were reported to be used by about 20 percent of respondents.

“Robin Systems’ survey results were interesting and demonstrated the pivotal point of containers, data and infrastructure. Docker has been and continues to be widely adopted by development teams but this research shows they are catching the attention of production IT,” said George Crump, principal analyst with Storage Switzerland. “A storage system built for today’s need must be able to keep pace with the unique architecture of containers as well as the flexibility to evolve with increasing demands of data and the unique architecture of containers, as well as the flexibility to evolve with the environment as it picks up an increasing number of production responsibilities.”

“Containers are a natural platform for running performance sensitive applications such as databases, as they enable consolidation without compromising performance or predictability,” said Premal Buch, chief executive officer at Robin. “This aligns perfectly with our vision of providing enterprises a high- performance and elastic containerized platform for stateful and mission-critical applications.”


Robin Systems surveyed 200 information technology professionals during December of 2015. For comprehensive raw survey results, please contact JoAnn Yamani.

About Robin Systems

Robin is an Enterprise Containerization Software company. Robin’s container-based compute and storage management software turns commodity hardware into an agile, elastic, and high-performance operating platform for mission-critical enterprise applications, such as databases and Big Data. Robin containerization software makes application deployment fast and simple, enables application consolidation without compromising performance or predictability, and provides data agility through advanced data sharing and lifecycle management capabilities. Visit Robin Systems online at

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