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  • In an era of growing IT complexity, the concept of software containers seems like a no-brainer: Partition your applications into virtual containers that tap the same operating system, and you gain agility, efficiency and additional security, while lowering costs and boosting performance. But container technology still needs to overcome some significant hurdles before adoption really takes off. Such is the key takeaway from a recent report from software container provider Portworx. In surveying 648 IT professionals from small, midsize and large enterprises, the company found that inadequate tools and existing storage-related challenges are combining to make potential buyers of the technology think twice before making a purchase decision. "IT professionals recognize that containers are lighter in weight, faster to provision and more efficient at using resources when compared to software builds and virtual machines," said Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx. "Yet container technology is still maturing, and users are seeking more sophisticated management tools and data protection to support enterprise deployments." On the plus side, most companies are poised to deploy containers once the perceived shortcomings can be addressed.