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HPE Introduces Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform on HPE Composable Rack


HPE Composable Rack Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform .jpgIn the past several years, the popularity of containers has grown rapidly with many adoptions coming from enterprise businesses. That’s because containers allow developers to rapidly develop and release applications with better quality more frequently -- and with better portability. This portability combined with the ability to use containers and microservices together make containers extremely attractive to cloud architects and application developers.

Yet many enterprises are unsure of how to move forward with containers, which can slow adoption. Implementing containers means new processes, new skills, and new approaches to deployment and lifecycle management. HPE has introduced composable solutions that address these concerns for the enterprise, dramatically simplifying the adoption of containers, especially for enterprises looking to adopt Red Hat OpenShift.

HPE recently released Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform for the HPE Composable Rack solution. This offering enables HPE customers to develop and operate containers on premises with a cloud-like experience, providing a production-ready environment in hours instead of days. And HPE Pointnext Services is available to provide the expertise needed to ensure a quick and error-free adoption, migration, and implementation experience.

The HPE Composable Rack solution is also available as-a-service with HPE GreenLake. This model delivers on-demand capacity so you can scale easily to meet business needs, yet you only pay for what you use. Enterprises gain flexibility and control while lowering their total cost of ownership.

HPE Composable Rack: rack-scale solution for deploying containers quickly

HPE Composable Rack is an open, composable hybrid cloud solution built on intelligent infrastructure that allows enterprises to develop, deploy, and operate applications with cloud-like speed, scale, and economics. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is now available on the HPE Composable Rack, allowing customers to enjoy a cloud-like container experience that provides:

  • Rapid deployment
  • Cloud-like scalability
  • Improved networking performance
  • Ease of workload portability

The reference configuration for Red Hat OpenShift on HPE Composable Rack provides a detailed deployment guide with step-by-step instructions and Ansible playbooks to help customers easily deploy and operate containers. The deployment guide and automation playbook is an open source asset located at  These resources are very extensive and address deployment best practices on bare metal, virtual machines, high availability, networking, persistent storage, backup/recovery, networking, monitoring, and security.

This solution allows the enterprise customer to bring up a Red Hat OpenShift production environment quickly along with Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage for persistent container storage. Customers can easily scale from just a few small clusters to thousands of containers and multiple clusters with a myriad of microservices.

The Red Hat OpenShift on HPE Composable Rack includes:

  • Software-defined storage with Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage for high availability and hybrid cloud data management support
  • Template-based provisioning and policy enforcement with HPE OneView for optimized deployment at scale
  • Composability and software-defined networking options with HPE Composable Fabric for ease of network setup and improved network performance

More than just a reference configuration – a partnership with a broad portfolio of solutions

HPE provides the deepest and broadest platform choices for different container use cases, plus expertise and service offerings. Multiple platform choices include compute, storage, and networking options for production ready deployment and automation.

And to help customers quickly get through the planning and proof of concept (POC) phase of their container deployment strategy, HPE offers a variety of services that offer knowledge and expertise based on best practices. For example, HPE offers a one month container assessment, migration, and deployment services that mirror the agile sprint process. HPE will help you implement and bring up a fully production-ready container environment and then teach your IT staff all of the operational best practices. These short duration consulting services ensure you can deploy containers at scale with the best solution for your unique needs.

Adoption of containers and microservices is real and is changing how enterprises are deploying IT infrastructure. If your enterprise is considering a container strategy, you can learn more on the HPE and Red Hat alliance website. Visit the HPE Composable Rack website to learn more.

Heather Leopard
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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