Containers are one of the hottest technologies in the industry right now. As the next generation of data center virtualization, containers give you the flexibility to take advantage of underutilized resources in an agile and efficient way, particularly important in today’s big data environments. You can deploy and redeploy containers on multiple servers for scale, better resource utilization, and fault tolerance. While promising, the use of containers has been largely limited to ephemeral applications due to the overhead of providing persistent storage within containers. As organizations seek to deploy stateful applications in containers, advanced data platforms will have to be included as part of the infrastructure to enable greater value out of containers.