In 2017, at a time when we are often drowning in data, we can still struggle to understand the dynamics of any given market. Sometimes this is because accounting guidelines prevent or discourage private or public companies from disclosing information. Other times the data is overly transparent, but it can also be meaningless without the proper context (e.g. GitHub stars). These are the intersections that we’re often facing with emerging technologies and open source communities.

As Red Hat’s fiscal year 2017 ended in February, the growth of the Openshift Container Platform was strong. Regarding OpenShift momentum, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has been quoted during Red Hat’s quarterly investment calls:

[Q3, FY 2017] "Also of note, we closed our second OpenShift deal over $10 million and another OpenShift deal over $5 million. And significantly, we actually had over 50 OpenShift deals alone that were six or seven figures, so really strong traction."

[Q4, FY 2017] “with our largest deals in Q4 ... approximately one-third had an OpenShift container platform component.

A lot has evolved within the OpenShift Origin project and OpenShift Container Platform over the last couple years. The huge architectural shift that we made a few years ago in adopting open standards for containers and the Kubernetes container scheduler has allowed us to delivered a unified platform to containerize existing applications and deliver agility and scalability for cloud-native applications and microservices. We call this combination Enterprise Kubernetes+, or “Enterprise-Ready Kubernetes”.

So without any further delay, in the tradition of Red Hat’s culture of open communications, we want to give you a broader picture of the OpenShift ecosystem and marketplace, as we kick off Red Hat Summit 2017.

The Growth of Community

First, let’s start with the open source communities that help drive the technology and innovation around OpenShift. The are many upstream projects where Red Hat makes significant contributions, as well as integrations to deliver OpenShift. These include the Linux kernel, linux containers, runc, Kubernetes, Ansible, Open vSwitch, etc.

  • The OpenShift Commons community has 260+ member organizations. This is the community that collaborates and shares ideas to create broad application usage patterns, as well validates 3rd-party technology partners. This is a community of technology vendors, ISVs, host/operators and end-user businesses. Participation in OpenShift Commons is helping to drive contribution to OpenShift Origin itself and to the numerous upstream projects that make up OCP.
  • Red Hat is the #1 Enterprise contributor to the Kubernetes project, which is in the Top 0.01% for GitHub projects. Kubernetes now has more than 1100 engineers working to deliver robust, scalable, more secure container orchestration, more than 3-4x any other container orchestration project.
  • Red Hat engineers lead or co-lead in 10 of the 24 Kubernetes SIG activities.
  • On any given day, 100,000+ members can attend one of nearly 100 OpenShift meetups or 270+ Kubernetes meetups.
  • Based on recent survey data (by RedMonk, Rightscale, PortWorx, Sysdig, Anchore), from both independent analysts and usage-based metrics, Kubernetes continues to be the leading container orchestration technology and continues gain market-share.
  • Red Hat is the #2 contributor to the docker (now Moby) project, as well as the largest distributor of the docker project via Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat is the #1 contributor to the OCI/runc project.
  • Red Hat is the #1 contributor to the Ansible project, which has 54,000+ members and 200+ meetups around the world.
  • According to 451 Research, “The application container market will grow from $762m in 2016 to $2.7bn by 2020, according to 451 Research’s latest Cloud-Enabling Technologies Market Monitor report.” 451 also states that “Application containers will see the fastest growth compared to other segments, with an estimated CAGR of 40% through 2020.”
  • According to the Battery Ventures BOSS Index (Tracking the Growth of Open Source) of the Top 40 projects - 11 provide core elements of OpenShift Container Platform (Linux, Git, Docker, ElasticSearch, Jenkins, Ansible, JBoss, OpenShift, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Kibana). In addition, development languages and frameworks such as Node.js, Spark, Redis, Tomcat and others are frequently deployed on OpenShift.

Marketplace Snapshot

Before jumping into marketplace statistics, we thought it would be useful to showcase the business that are actively using OpenShift and are telling the world about how they deploy applications in newer, faster, and better ways to help improve their companies. While there are more than 80 sessions at Red Hat Summit which cover some aspect of OpenShift, there are more than 25 of them which have an OpenShift customer leading the discussion - they can all be seen here. The speakers are leaders in financial services, healthcare, automotive, government, education, technology, transportation, and telecommunications. They represent companies that are rapidly driving a digital transformation in their industries. We highlight some of their stories here, but you’ll be hearing many, many more of them this week in Boston. CIOs are already spending 18% of their budgets on digital transformation projects, with that number expected to grow to 28% by the end of 2018.

Now let’s talk about what’s happening in the marketplace.Nearly every aspect of your day-to-day life is impacted by an application running on the OpenShift platform.

For many enterprise organizations containers are still a new concept. Other naysayers may view containers as being primarily for Dev / Test. Our data shows the opposite. These organizations aren't just deploying containers because they are chasing a new trend. They view containers as critical to helping them evolve their applications, infrastructure and process.

Containers in production in the enterprise are real, and they are real on Red Hat OpenShift.

The Acceleration of Entire Industries

While individual usage statistics are interesting, there is an even more interesting second-order effect that’s happening around industries that are deploying OpenShift. While each individual company must manage their own markets, none of them act independently. They are all part of a broader ecosystem of partner and suppliers, interconnected through complex supply-chains and business networks. When one part of the network goes faster, every other business must figure out how to match that pace or perish.

We call this the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” phenomenon. At last year’s Red Hat Summit, we heard from airplane manufacturer Airbus about their DevOps journey, and digital travel platform Amadeus about their transformation of handling 2,000x the number of online transactions. This week’s Red Hat Summit and OpenShift Commons Gathering attendees will hear how Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport (AMS) is using OpenShift to redefine the in-terminal travel experience, how Miles & More GmbH is better managing rewards programs for travelers, and how ATPCO is rethinking how they publish fare-related data to the airline and travel industry. Stories like these extend to major hotel chains and global airlines as well. As a whole, they encompass the breadth of the travel industry, from suppliers to travelers to providers, all having to accelerate the pace of their business because all of the other moving pieces in the ecosystem are beginning to move faster too.

These accelerating centers of ecosystem gravity aren’t just in the travel and transportation industries. They are becoming more prevalent in financial services, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing. Today, we also announced that Barclays Bank, the Government of British Columbia's Office of the CIO, and Macquarie Bank are also using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to modernize application development. Later this week, during the Red Hat Summit keynotes, you’ll hear from even more customers using OpenShift in amazing ways. We’ll recap those stories in a future blog.

As OpenShift customers go public with stories about the business value they’re getting out of OpenShift, we expect that several of their competitors and suppliers may want to get onboard as well. It can become a force-multiplier effect, with known technology patterns and broad communities of engineering support.

As with any emerging market, there is a lot of hype and hyperbole about containers. This week, we’re at Red Hat Summit to show you that Red Hat’s commitment to delivering innovation and customer success with containers is second to none. The customer stories you’ve already seen today, and which you’ll see this week speak for themselves.

Containers in the enterprise are real, and they are real on Red Hat OpenShift.