- Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduced an entire portfolio of Docker-focused container technology products on Monday.
- HPE is hoping the new products will address the needs of large organizations through a combination of cloud, software, storage and services offerings.
- Analysts say making containers enterprise-ready will be a key focus over the next two years.
Containers allow developers and IT teams to deploy apps at scale faster and more efficiently. Today, they are used primarily for cloud-native app development, but enterprise adoption in the data center is on the rise, said Dave Bartoletti, a principal analyst with Forrester.
"Large users will need the same degree of control over containers that they now have over virtual machines: they need to integrate them into their development processes, monitor them, configure them, connect them to each other over the network, and assign storage and other resources," said Bartoletti.
HPE’s new Helion Development Platform 2.0 delivers Docker support out of the box, enabling developers and IT operators to deploy microservices packaged as Docker containers. HPE has also extended its StormRunner and AppPulse products to include Docker support, as well as other services.
Hewlett-Packard was a founding member of the Open Container Initiative launched in June.