How many people are using Docker, and how is the container model being used? That's a question a pair of separate studies released ahead of the Dockercon 17 conference are attempting to answer.
Among the two new studies is the Sysdig Docker Usage Report 2017, which examined the container usage patterns of 45,000 users. Sysdig's survey found that on average there were 10 containers per host server system. At the high-end, Sysdig reported sever users were running 95 containers on a single host.
Looking at container registries, 22 percent are running CoreOS's Quay registry and 15 percent are running Docker Registry.
From an orchestration perspective, Sysdig found 43 percent of the IT user bases are running Kubernetes. In contrast, nine percent are running Mesos and only seven percent are running Docker Swarm.
"The Orchestrator function for containers is perhaps the most interesting element of discussion right now. Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker continue to vie for leadership position, but Kubernetes has the early lead in our customer base," Loris Degioanni, CEO & Founder of Sysdig, said in statement.
The 2017 Portworx Annual Container Adoption Survey
Another recent study on the state of containers is the 2017 Portworx Annual Container Adoption Survey. According to Portworx's study, nearly a third (32 percent) of surveyed organizations have plans to spend over $500,000 for container-related usage fees and licenses.
The study also revealed organizations no longer see security as a top challenge when it comes to container adoption. Only 7 percent of Portworx's survey respondents identified security as a container adoption challenge.
"Enterprise investment in container technologies and associated personnel will continue to grow rapidly as more organizations use containers in production and realize the substantial efficiency and cost savings benefits," Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx, said in a statement.
"For container adoption to become mainstream in the enterprise," Thirumale continued, "the container ecosystem of vendors and partners must provide DevOps teams with adequate tools to successfully deploy containers at scale across any environment."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.