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Why should HPE be your container solution provider?

Container technologies are “crossing the chasm” for most enterprise accounts, and are becoming mainstream IT architecture components. However, containers are still new for many in IT.

Why HPE Container Storage_Blog_shutterstock_1062915266 (1).jpgThere’s no doubt about it. Containers are gaining broad adoption within the enterprise. 

Various industry surveys from IDC[1], Gartner[2], and 451 Research are confirming this trend, and show that 75%+ of enterprises are in various stages of container adoption. HPE has observed similar trends within our enterprise customer base, especially those customers who have home-grown mission critical applications, and customers who want to incorporate container architectures as part of their cloud strategy.  When speaking with these customers, their questions often include: Why should I choose HPE for containers? What added value can HPE bring besides hardware?

In the era of cloud computing where customers have choices for workload placement, these are fair questions. At HPE, our goal is to make you successful by providing your business with highly flexible, deep container solutions for different stages of your container journey.   

These solutions might consist of:

  • Fast start and cost effective container services from HPE Pointnext and Cloud Technologies Partners (CTP)
  • An extensive set of reference architectures, detailed step-by-step deployment guides, and deployment automation playbooks to accelerate container deployment and operations
  • Broad choices of HPE deployment platforms (compute, storage, networking) based on your container workload type
  • Strategic partnerships with all the leading container ISVs
  • HPE’s own BlueData container platform for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML),and big data workloads
  • HPE MapR distributed file system for software defined container storage

Container adoption phases

Many of our customers, especially in the enterprise space, have varying degrees of container adoption plans. These plans typically fall into three stages:

  1. Learn and evaluate—Customers are sold on the benefits of containers and are trying to determine the optimal architecture, impact on IT processes and portfolios, and a migration path. They are doing a lot of research, vendor evaluations, and attending industry conferences and tradeshows to help determine what their container architecture and strategy should look like.
  2. Pilot and Proof of Concept (PoC)—Customers are currently conducting a PoC with a new or existing (converted legacy) application. The success and the learnings from this PoC will drive implementation of DevOps, production and overall deployment. These PoCs are usually pretty short, lasting a couple of months. The goal is to show success and ROI benefits to senior management, and for the dev and ops teams (or DevOps teams in some cases) to get hands-on experience developing and operating containers.
  3. Production deployment—Customers are ready to realize the benefits of containers in production. They are either converting legacy apps or deploying cloud native apps using containers, sometimes in very large scale over multiple datacenters and in the cloud. There are HPE customers that are deploying tens of thousands of containers globally.   

So where is YOUR business in your container journey?

HPE is uniquely positioned to help you throughout these three stages of container adoption with both self-service and full-service approaches. For customers needing full services assistance, these are short, one-month container assessment, migration, and deployment services that mirror the agile sprint process. The goal is to help you get through your planning and PoC phases quickly so you can move on to production. HPE Pointnext can help you implement and bring up a fully production ready container environment, and then teach your IT team all of the operational best practices as a part of the engagement.

For DIY customers, HPE provides reference architectures, detailed deployment guides, and automation playbooks to help you easily deploy and operate containers. The deployment guides and automation playbooks are open-sourced assets located at These deployment guides and playbooks can help you accelerate deployment from days down to hours. Some of these guides and playbooks are very extensive and address deployment best practices on bare metal, virtual machines, high availability, networking, persistent storage, backup/recovery, networking, monitoring, and security.

Broad, flexible container platform choices

HPE’s container solutions are built around the leading container ISVs and provide our customers with broad and flexible container platform choices. There are container solutions from HPE BlueData, and also solutions from our partners such as Red Hat OpenShift, Docker, Google Anthos, and SUSE.

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HPE has joint engineering efforts with these container partners to ensure there is tight integration with all of our platforms. 

Container platforms: essential for optimized workload operations

Some customers believe platforms don’t matter for containers, and platforms are treated as commodities. HPE believes the platform does matter because they are essential components to optimize workload operations, and hybrid IT cloud architecture. HPE brings the broadest choices of platforms to host all different types of container workloads, including: stateful, stateless, GPU intensive, network latency sensitive, and compute intensive. HPE can also support a complete software-defined everything container architecture with our composable systems, software-defined storage using Synergy’s D3940, and HPE Composable Fabric (aka Plexxi) for software defined networking.  HPE can become your one stop container solution provider from edge to core data centers.

Container technology becomes mainstream

Container technologies are “crossing the chasm” for most enterprise accounts, and are becoming mainstream IT architecture components. However, containers are still new for many in IT, especially for IT Operations. Building the in-house expertise to architect, develop, and operate containers has been challenging for many IT groups. New operational skills are required and are often a burden for IT with legacy mindsets. Have you seen all these unfilled job postings for Kubernetes and containers on popular job sites?

Many customers are coming to container technology from the world of VMs. They may lack experience in operating containers at scale, taking into consideration stringent SLAs, security, networking, hazard analysis (HA), lifecycle management, disaster recovery (DR), monitoring, and a variety of automation forms. 

With HPE container solutions, we can help your IT team quickly deploy and operate containers from PoC to production. HPE has the broadest and deepest container solution stack in the market today.  It is all about supporting flexible technology choices while giving you all the pieces of the technology stack to streamline container operations and put containers into production quickly.

Learn more in Part 2 of this two-blog series: Why should HPE be your container solution provider? HPE Synergy is a big part of the answer

In this post, we go into more details on the HPE technology value adds such as HPE Synergy, HPE Storage, and HPE Composable Fabricand the strengths each brings to containers. We talk about how we leverage HPE Synergy’s OneView API and Synergy composer to bring ease of composability to containers. And we look at why the “right” platform ultimately does matter for your container strategy.

Learn more about HPE Container Solutions.

[1] IDC Survey:  Enterprise Container and Cloud Management Priorities Converge, Mary Johnston Turner, Research VP Cloud Management, June 2019

[2] An I&O Leader’s Guide to Storage for Containerized WorkloadsGartner, Julia Palmer, Arun Chandrasekaran, 29 January 2019 - ID G00380359

Ka Wai Leung
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Ka Wai Leung is part of the HPE Software Business Unit Partner Enablement team. He has extensive background in developing container solutions throughout his career at HPE