Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced that the HPE Container Platform, unveiled in November 2019, is now generally available. The HPE Container Platform is the industry’s first enterprise-grade container platform designed to support both cloud-native and non-cloud-native applications using 100 percent open-source Kubernetes – running on bare-metal or virtual machines (VMs), in the data center, on any public cloud, or at the edge. In addition, HPE is introducing new professional services to ensure faster time-to-value and several new reference configurations for data-intensive application workloads such as AI, machine learning, deep learning (DL), data analytics, edge computing, and Internet of Things (IoT).
The HPE Container Platform dramatically reduces cost and complexity by running containers on bare-metal, while providing the flexibility to deploy in VMs or cloud instances. This allows businesses to embrace a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud approach to deploying Kubernetes with enterprise-class security, performance, and reliability. Organizations seeking greater cost savings, efficiency, utilization, and application performance can eliminate the need for virtualization and expensive hypervisor licenses, by running containers directly on bare-metal infrastructure.
Additional advantages of the HPE Container Platform and bare-metal containers include: Speed, Reduction in cost and resources, Elimination of an orchestration layer, Increased density per hardware platform, Better performance for applications that require direct access to hardware.
Built on proven innovations from HPE’s recent acquisitions of BlueData and MapR, the HPE Container Platform is an integrated turnkey solution with BlueData software as the container management control plane and the MapR distributed file system as the unified data fabric for persistent storage.
Commitment to open source
HPE is actively engaged in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Kubernetes community, with open source projects such as KubeDirector. A key component of the HPE Container Platform, KubeDirector provides the ability to run non-cloud-native monolithic applications (i.e., stateful applications with persistent storage) on Kubernetes. HPE’s recent acquisition of Scytale for cloud-native security underscores its commitment to the open-source ecosystem, with ongoing contributions to open source projects, including Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone (SPIFFE) and SPIFFE Runtime Environment (SPIRE).
Use case-specific reference designs
The software uniquely addresses the requirements for enterprise containerization deployments across a wide range of application use cases, including data-intensive application workloads such as AI, machine learning, deep learning (DL), data analytics, edge computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). HPE is aligning its hybrid IT portfolio of products and services to support these use cases and enhance the capabilities of the HPE Container Platform. The new reference designs provide best-practice blueprints for workload-optimized configurations on HPE infrastructure. These include AI, ML, DL, and data analytics workloads running on HPE Apollo; edge analytics and IoT workloads on HPE Edgeline; and DevOps workloads and CI / CD pipelines on HPE Synergy. The HPE Container Platform also works with storage solutions such as HPE Cloud Volumes and the HPE Container Storage Interface (CSI) Driver for hybrid cloud deployments with Kubernetes.
New professional services
HPE Pointnext Services provides expert advisory, deployment, training, and support services for containerization. New design, implementation, and operational services for the HPE Container Platform will help customers to accelerate their containerization strategy, de-risk enterprise adoption of containerization, and assure faster time-to-production.
HPE Container Platform software is available today along with world-class advisory, consulting, deployment, and support services from HPE Pointnext.