Skip Navigation

Compute Evolution: VMs, Containers, Serverless—Which to Use When?

Published: 20-04-2022

Learn how to identify the right compute technologies to meet your business needs. Use the framework in this complimentary Gartner® report to compare the control and hybrid cloud flexibility of virtual machines (VMs), containers, and serverless functions. 

Read this report for details on these key recommendations: 

  • "Analyse and understand the unique use cases and consumption models for each computing abstraction to ensure strategic alignment.
  • Pursue an application-centric approach by aligning the appropriate compute technology based on the application architecture, organisational skills and other decision factors outlined in this research.
  • Prioritise platform providers that support compute abstractions across multiple environments (cloud, data centre and edge) with a consistent management, governance and support model.
  • Assess the emerging trends around containers and serverless, and create an action plan on how and when to respond to them."

Compute Evolution: VMs, Containers, Serverless—Which to Use When?, Arun Chandrasekaran, 1 June 2021

Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


Tell us a little about yourself by filling in the form below.

All fields marked with * are required