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IT wakes up to containers in the digital era

Note from Steven Fleischman – This blog is the last in a series of five written by HPE Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) addressing topics related to Tanzu and containers that will be discussed during the HPE Roundtable at VMworld 2020. The title of the session is: “HPE Strategy with Tanzu for Containerizing Workloads.” (Session ID KUB3094S). It is scheduled for September 29, 2020 from 10:30-10:54 PDT in the Americas and September 30, 2020, from 11:30-11:54 CEST in EMEA. To attend this and other sessions at the event, we encourage you to register today.

Guest blogger: Jongmin Shin  

Today, business is getting more competitive and more differentiated experiences are naturally expected.  While applications and data are certainly regarded as the core of the business, more flexible and faster development together with stable and efficient operations are getting more critical.  Application infrastructure has been evolving from mainframe to Unix, to x86 servers, to virtualization and more recently to cloud to support better development and operational environments

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Having said that, many approaches are still hardware-oriented and those traditional IT approaches would often take a long time to provide the development environment for new services as well as to change and scale.  Further, a good deal of manual interventions are required, which would cause delays, errors and re-work.  Support for the latest technologies such as big data and deep learning, which are rapidly evolving around various open source solutions, is not estimated to be so comprehensive because traditional IT operation organizations have been hardware-oriented and are not as educated or experienced to handle and manage the new open source software.

Further challenges for IT organizations are to manage and operate heterogenous infrastructure platforms including bare metal, VMs, private, and public cloud services.  But each infrastructure platform is rarely operated cohesively.  This generally comes from the environmental differences like the operating system, libraries and application framework, which all affect application building, deployment and running differently.

Containers are the next wave of application environment

The key to achieving business goals is to bring increased value to the customer experience. New business models must be introduced with shorter time-to-market and applications need to be created and updated accordingly. Application releases will increase explosively as market demands change fast. These trends will push developers to concentrate more on development so they can substantially support business needs. However, more often developers spend a lot of their time defining templates, configuring infrastructure resources, installing runtimes for applications, and then managing application lifecycles.

Here’s where containers plays an important role for application development more efficiently.

  • Flexibility: The development and deployment environment across public, private, and hosted clouds are supported with the right choice, without vendor lock-in
  • Portability: Move the developed applications to another environment without having to change the code in order to take advantage of hybrid delivery.
  • Scalability: Applications can be scaled up automatically as demands change, to take advantage of cloud models
  • Performance: Applications can be up and running faster due to the use of lightweight containers. This means no guest OS, less resource occupation and dedicated space for each application
  • Economy: Server utilization is increased, which improves purchasing cycles and reduces license costs

Accelerating IT transformation with containers

Most companies and organizations across various industries are investing to transform their ways of application development and operations to be more competitive, agile and efficient.  Time-to-market is the key. For this, they adopt container strategies for their next generation application platform.  Their further advantage is that containers are also the key for CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment) and DevOps (Development + Operations) which are the core capabilities for more agile application development.  In terms of how IT improves its own service supply chain to improve customer value it follows that containers, CI/CD and DevOps are the fundamental building blocks for IT transformation in this digital era.

HPE helps customers adopt containers for their IT transformation

HPE provides edge-to-cloud advisory and professional services through Pointnext Services, working closely with industry partners, such as VMware.  HPE Pointnext Services experts can help you establish your strategic plan, design and implement your container, CI/CD and DevOps for your IT transformation, and more importantly, for your business success.

For more information

The first four in this series of blogs on containers are available now:

These two blogs will provide you with additional information on HPE’s presence at VMworld 2020:

More general information on VMworld 2020 is available on the event site. You can learn more about the HPE – VMware alliance on our alliance pages.

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Steven Fleischman is the Senior Strategic Alliances Marketing Leader for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and believes in a customer first approach. He has effectively managed, nurtured and built relationships with HPE’s largest and most strategic alliance partners. Using his in-depth partner experience, he has developed the alliance narrative encompassing thought-leadership, joint go-to-market strategies, sales and marketing initiatives across industries and channels. With over 20 years in the industry, Steven uses his creative thinking and problem solving skills to successfully manage and grow these partnerships. You can find him @Fleischmantweet