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Lights, camera, action! Containers give legacy applications options.

HPE-Container-choice blog.jpgThere was a time when movie theaters were aligned to a Hollywood studio featuring a single movie that played for months, not weeks. Unfortunately, the movies I wanted to see were not from a single studio; therefore, I was left with one option – travel to another neighborhood or town to see the latest blockbuster movie. Customers soon tired of this arrangement and demanded more choice than a single venue. Enter innovation and the birth of the multiplex theater. The proprietary mold was broken and choice ruled the day. Long live the customer!

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has long held customer choice as the foundation for our solutions as evidenced by some of the largest and longstanding technology relationships spanning decades. Choice and the partnership experience is why so many companies trust HPE for solutions that improve the way they live and work.

Containers: an approach that doesn’t shut you in or out

Take the rapidly-growing field of containers, for example. Containers are helping organizations worldwide complete their journey to digital transformation more quickly, easily, and confidently.

Here’s how: In the ideal transformation journey, all software -- legacy and new -- should be able to run in the cloud. But that is usually not the case in the real world, especially for many, if not most, legacy applications. The “easy” application migrations from legacy environments to public cloud are quickly completed. Net-new application development is predominantly cloud-native.

But then, the transformation journey hits a bump in the road when legacy applications are left behind. These are the applications that run many enterprise core business functions, but in this new paradigm, they start to weigh down enterprises and disable agility. 

Many organizations say legacy systems – burdened by complexity, high costs, and risk – are the number one barrier to IT transformation. These applications are the most difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to migrate. Usually, they must also run on various platforms simultaneously during the migration process.

Containing cost and complexity

So how can enterprises smooth out the bump and create an obstacle-free path to their destination? The answer is often to use containers that make sure software and microservices run correctly when they are moved from one computing environment to another.

A container consists of an entire runtime environment: an application, plus all its dependencies, libraries, and other binaries, and configuration files needed to run it, bundled into one package. By containerizing the application platform and its dependencies, differences in OS distributions and underlying infrastructure are abstracted away, providing a streamlined way to build, test, deploy, and redeploy applications on multiple environments from a developer’s local laptop to an on-premises data center and even in the cloud.

With these unique capabilities, containers deliver impressive results, including:

  • Less overhead – Containers require fewer system resources than traditional or hardware virtual machine environments because they don’t include operating system images.
  • Increased portability – Applications running in containers can be deployed easily to multiple different operating systems and hardware platforms.
  • More consistent operation – DevOps teams know applications in containers will run the same, regardless of where they are deployed.
  • Greater efficiency – Containers allow applications to be more rapidly deployed, patched, or scaled.
  • Better application development – Containers support agile DevOps efforts to accelerate development, test, and production cycles.

Lights, camera, action -- adopt containers

Containers are now in the spotlight, giving you more options for modernizing legacy applications. Gartner estimates that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% today.[1] Yours should be one of them.

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For more information, visit https://www.hpe.com/us/en/solutions/cloud/containers.html.

[1] Gartner, Best practices for Running Containers and Kubernetes in Production, February 2019.

Steve F 2.jpgSteven Fleischman is a member of the HPE Global Alliances team partnering with Red Hat, Google Citrix. He has been at HPE for 14 years in various marketing, business development, and channel program roles working with SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, and KPMG. Steven attended St. John’s University and has a BS in Marketing with a focus on International Marketing.




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