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HPE And Docker Forge Data Centre Container Partnership

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has aligned itself with Docker to give HPE customers access to container technology in the data centre.

This is the first ‘strategic alliance’ of this size for Docker, and will see HPE servers come loaded with Docker Engine, letting customers use containerised application transportable through all HPE servers.

HPE sees container technology coming in handy across all sorts of verticals, and has taken a punt on Docker to prepare for the Gartner-predicted ’50 percent of new workloads will be deployed into containers by 2018’.


“In order to survive and thrive in the idea economy, companies must transform the IT experience so that lines of business and developers can innovate faster, smarter and fearlessly,” said Antonio Neri, executive vice president at HPE.

“Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organisations solutions that optimise their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business.”

Docker’s own Bradley Wong explained how Docker and HPE will deliver fully integrated (and fully supported) Docker-ready HPE x86 servers, which will come bundled with Docker’s commercially supported Engine (CS Engine) right out of the box.

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“This collaboration helps businesses transform and modernise their data centres to benefit from a more agile development environment,” said Wong.

“With new Docker ready HPE servers, IT organisations have the ability to easily move from test/dev to production and achieve a highly available, secure environment at enterprise scale for Dockerised applications that work with HPE’s extensive enterprise management tools.”

The partnership also goes some way in helping Docker overcome one of its earliest problems: how to get customers up and running as quickly as possible with as little fuss as possible.

General availability of the Docker ready HPE Servers including HPE ProLiant, HPE Apollo and HPE Cloudline and Docker-integrated Converged and Composable HPE Systems are reportedly going out in the fourth quarter of 2016. Docker-integrated solutions spanning HPE’s storage, networking and software assets are available today, said HPE and Docker.

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Ben Sullivan

Ben covers web and technology giants such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft and their impact on the cloud computing industry, whilst also writing about data centre players and their increasing importance in Europe. He also covers future technologies such as drones, aerospace, science, and the effect of technology on the environment.

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