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Building an open, composable cloud application development platform


Post written by  Manav Mishra, Director, Product

HP Helion


It’s an exciting time to be an application developer, even more so in the enterprise! Enterprises are moving quickly to open cloud platforms for their next generation of business and mission critical applications. These architectures help them achieve previously unattainable agility, portability, and flexibility for application development without vendor lock-in. Increasingly, we are seeing application development and developers influencing enterprise IT decisions today that will impact their businesses for years to come.


Modern Cloud Application Patterns


Previously, application development and operations in the cloud were characterized by a steep learning curve. That’s why the most popular open cloud platforms of today—OpenStack® software, Cloud Foundry™ software etc.—are focused on simplifying distributed systems problems and on the users of these distributed systems. OpenStack software and Cloud Foundry software thrived by tackling the Infrastructure and Platform as a Service domains in a way that (arguably) universally resonates with enterprise IT and developers. These two initiatives have created patterns which will show up in application and infrastructure stacks for years to come.


At HP, we believe the cloud infrastructures and platforms of the future will be as diverse, if not more, than the legacy IT architectures of yesterday. Not every application fits in the OpenStack paradigm of “virtual machines + configuration script”. Not every application will fit into the paradigm of describing and deploying a micro-service. That’s why we have focused on developing and delivering a composable cloud platform to our customers—one which offers a choice depending on scenarios and needs. It also needs to innately include support for Containers. Containers provide portability and speed - two characteristics that development, IT, and the enterprise are all excited about.


Kubernetes and HP


Kubernetes aims to provide reliable scheduling, deploying, and operating containers in a cloud environment where failures are expected, building on CoreOS and Docker container technologies. CoreOS provides two essential ingredients for enabling distributed aspects in fleet and etc. While Docker containers provide the container-level lifecycle management interface.


We understand the amount of flexibility Kubernetes brings to the application developer as they develop cloud native applications. Kubernetes also provides a sustainable, supportable, and scalable pattern for the operations team. It’s an emerging technology space with a lot of potential.


Today we are announcing that HP has joined the Kubernetes project as a contributor. Together with Google and the rest of the Kubernetes community, we see this as a tremendous opportunity to bring an emerging distributed system technology in Kubernetes to the enterprise. Our first contribution is a setup utility that automates the deployment of Kubernetes on top of any Helion OpenStack cloud, be it public or private cloud. This setup utility was available on GitHub for anyone to use. We are excited about our engagement with Kubernetes and will continue to work on making it available in our product portfolio based on customer demand. True to our principle of supporting open standards which enable a truly composable platform we are excited to be a part of this movement and the next evolution of development and IT in the enterprise.


Try out our Kubernetes utility for HP Helion today!

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About the Author


I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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