Docker gains enterprise DevOps traction

Chef, Puppet and Docker are the three most popular DevOps tools for large companies and SMBs, but 38 percent of enterprises are expected to use Docker in the future.

Docker is about to take over as a primary DevOps tool, according to a survey by cloud management firm RightScale.

DevOps refers to the combination of development and IT operations so enterprises can move faster to create software.

Today, Chef, Puppet and Docker are the three most popular DevOps tools for large companies and SMBs, but 38 percent of enterprises are expected to use Docker in the future. Chef is No. 1 with 32 percent share tied with Puppet and Docker has 27 percent.

RightScale's survey was based on 1,060 IT pros.

As for large enterprises, Puppet has the most usage with 42 percent of companies using it followed by Chef at 37 percent and Docker at 32 percent.

Overall, DevOps adoption has increased to 74 percent of companies in 2016, up from 66 percent. In the enterprise, 81 percent are using DevOps techniques with 70 percent of SMBs using it.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the RightScale survey is that Docker's container approach is taking off across all geographies, roles and companies. Containers are deployed on virtual machines primarily.

Here's a look at the key charts.

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