HPE to Bundle Docker Containers Into All Servers
A broad agreement announced at Discover 2016 also includes integrating Docker container technologies into HPE storage, networking and software assets.Hewlett Packard Enterprise will begin bundling Docker's container technology in its various server portfolios as part of a broad partnership between the two companies. At the tech vendor's Discover 2016 show this week in Las Vegas, HPE officials unveiled the work the company will do with Docker, from engineering and services to sales, marketing and support. However, central to the partnership is what the companies are calling HPE's Docker ready server program, under which the vendor's systems—from its mainstream ProLiant servers to its Apollo high-performance computing (HPC) systems and its low-cost Cloudline servers—will come bundled with the Docker Engine and accompanying support. The two also will make HPE's converged and composable systems—including Synergy, BladeSystem and Converged System—container-ready, to make it possible for customers to more easily deploy Docker's technology in hyperconverged environments, according to the announcement. "This collaboration helps businesses transform and modernize their data centers to benefit from a more agile development environment," Bradley Wong, director of product marketing for Docker, wrote in a post on the company blog. "With new Docker-ready HPE servers, IT organizations have the ability to easily move from test/dev to production and achieve a highly available, secure environment at enterprise scale for Dockerized applications that work with HPE’s extensive enterprise management tools."
The companies "wanted to address was to enable customers get from zero to Docker as quickly and easily as possible. Many businesses still own and maintain physical data centers that host any number of applications and data. For these organizations, server provisioning and configuration time is tantamount to business agility," Wong wrote.