Data Center Security Market Forecast: Docker Container Risks Provide Lift?

The global data center security market is growing thanks in part to the rising demand for Docker containers. Many enterprises are moving their applications from virtual machines (VMs) to Docker containers, market research firm ReportsnReports indicated.

Meanwhile, increased use of Docker container technology is leading cloud services providers (CSPs) and managed hosting services providers to focus on delivering better security.

"As many CSPs and managed hosting services facilitate the move to Docker container technology, the need for security by the vendors will be a major revenue booster for the (data center security) market," ReportsnReports noted in a prepared statement.

Benefits of Docker Containers

Dockers containers leverage shared operating systems instead of virtualizing hardware and often prove to be more efficient than hypervisors relative to system resource use, ReportsnReports stated.

Many CSPs, managed hosting services providers and Linux vendors support Docker container technology as an alternative to virtualization – something that has accelerated the demand for Docker containers over the past few years.

Ben Golub, Docker's CEO, discussed his company's growth in his keynote address at DockerCon 2016. Highlights from Golub's keynote included:

  • There are 460,000 Dockerized applications, up 3,100 percent over the previous two years.
  • More than 4 billion containers have been created.
  • There are 125,000 Docker Meetup members worldwide.

Moreover, the average number of Docker containers running at a time per business grew 192 percent between 2015 and 2016, software analytics company New Relic reported. As the push for improved data center security solutions increases, the demand for Docker containers may continue to rise as well.

Global Data Center Security Market Is Growing

The global data center security market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5 percent between 2017 and 2021, ReportsnReports indicated.

In addition, the market research firm stated the following companies may prove to be key players in the global data center security sector:

  • Bosch Security Systems.
  • Check Point Software Technologies.
  • Cisco Systems.
  • Fortinet.
  • Honeywell International.
  • Intel.
  • Schneider Electric.
  • Siemens.
  • Trend Micro.
  • Tyco International.

The rising demand for "on-demand services" also may lead many enterprises to adopt new data center security solutions, according to market research firm Technavio.

"Data center security solutions safeguard confidential data against unauthorized external access and malicious software. The increased adoption of cloud-based services and virtualization has fostered the need for advanced security mechanisms that must be implemented in data centers worldwide," Technavio said in a prepared statement.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.