Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a new lineup of products built for the Docker virtualization container system today at DockerCon Europe. The new products are meant to help organizations get the most out of Docker, with offerings designed to work in such categories as cloud, software, storage and services.
One product, HPE Helion Development Platform 2.0, boasts support for Docker and lets developers and IT operators deploy microservices packaged as Docker containers. Microservices use smaller code bases managed by small and agile teams, allowing applications to be used as independently deployable services. The Helion platform also includes Helion Code Engine, a continuous integration/continuous deployment service for automating building, testing and deploying code.
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Among other products and features, HPE also introduced StormRunner and AppPulse for Docker, tools that let developers and IT operations test, deploy and monitor Dockerized applications; Remote Docker Swarm cluster monitoring with HPE Sitescope, which manages and monitors a complete Docker Swarm cluster with HPE Sitescope, an agentless application monitoring software solution; and HPE Codar for Docker, which allows continuous deployment of hybrid workloads, part traditional and part containerized.
To bring all those elements together, HPE will soon offer 24/7 enterprise container support, as well as a Docker reference architecture and a reference guide for developers who want to deploy containers in their hybrid clouds. HPE told reporters at DockerCon Europe that as enterprises look to hybrid environments, Docker containers will become more and more relevant. The company is planning to formalize its partnership with Docker soon.
We contacted Jay Lyman, research manager, cloud management and containers, 451 Research, to get his thoughts on the announcement. He said the partnership between HPE and Docker makes sense.
"It's not surprising to see Docker and modern application containers as a centerpiece of the new HP Enterprise strategy given enterprise interest in this rapidly-evolving software," said Lyman. "The company was not necessarily the first established vendor to bet big on Docker and containers, but it does have compelling and credible software development, IT operations and cloud computing software that complements what enterprises are doing and want to do with containers."
A limited trial version of the HP Helion Development Platform is now available on the HP Helion Public Cloud at no additional charge beyond the cost of the user’s virtual machine. HPE said those who participate in the trial can experience the HP Helion Development Platform without having to create their own HP Helion OpenStack environments.
The HP Helion Development Platform Community is also available as an optional add-on for organizations in the HP Helion OpenStack Community, or as a private beta program. To be accepted as part of this private beta testing program, users must have deployed Helion Development Platform in a PoC (proof-of-concept) environment and have a greenfield project written in Java, Python, or Node.js.