HPE partners with Docker, steals DropBox from AWS

It’s been a big fortnight for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as the company announced new partnerships with Docker and DropBox, donated its OpenSwitch network operating system to the Linux foundation, and announced some new permutations of its OpenStack-related products.

The Docker partnership centers around HPE’s Docker Ready Server program, which purports to enable workloads to be portable across all the company’s servers. As part of the strategic alliance, HPE and Docker will deliver:

  • Docker ready HPE Servers – Pre-configured server platforms ready for Docker Engine and Docker containers.
  • Docker ready Converged and Composable HPE Systems – HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem and HPE Converged System come ready for Docker deployments across compute and are integrated for storage and interconnect for simplified deployment and scalability.
  • Joint go-to-market for Docker Datacenter – Organizations looking to build, ship and run Docker at scale in multiple different environments will be able to do so using Docker Datacenter, and HPE and Docker will work together on joint sales and support programs.
  • Docker support and consulting services
  • HPE Reference Architectures and Configurations for Docker Datacenter
  • Docker-integrations such as a Native Volume Plugin for HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash arrays, networking, SiteScope, and OneView.
  • HPE Linux Docker support
  • API support in HPE apps such as AppDevender, Operations Bridge Monitoring, and the HPE Helion Cloud Suite.

The company also announced that as part of DropBox’s move to drop AWS and move to HPE servers, HPE would begin to offer DropBox to its customers.

Meanwhile, HPE’s open source network operating system, OpenSwitch, has been contributed to the Linux Foundation, which already oversees OpenDaylight and ONOS. OpenSwitch includes contributors such as chipmakers Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Cavium, Marvell, Mellanox, and LinkedIn.  SDX Central writes, “HPE announced OpenSwitch in October, listing a handful of big names as community members. But any time a company starts its own open source project, there’s going to be suspicion that the project is being steered toward that company’s benefit. That’s why HPE handed governance to the Linux Foundation. ‘We were aware of that criticism, so we made this step a priority,’ says Mark Atwood, HPE’s OpenSwitch community director.”

Finally, HPE announced the release of three “new” products: HPE Helion Cloud Suite 1.0, which bundles IT operations management software with OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, HPE Helion Stackato 4.0, their container-based, hardened version of Cloud Foundry, and HPE Helion CloudSystem 10, which combines the two.

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