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HPE Looks to Fill Containers With DevOps Services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) wants its customers to embrace DevOps when it comes to creating and deploying applications within the business, and it's turning to Docker containers to offer up those services.

On April 12, HPE is updating its IT Operations Management (ITOM) suites to deliver more services to developers through Docker containers. The updates are designed for either hybrid cloud deployments, or traditional, on-premises environments.

ITOM, according to one definition, involves all the tools developers need to manage the provisioning, capacity, performance and availability of the business's computing, networking and application environment. HPE is now looking to use ITOM to further the cause of DevOps within the enterprise. (See DevOps Struggles With Legacy Systems, Culture.)

Management software customers are looking for improvements around ease of use, speed and help change how the IT department works internally and with the rest of the business, said Roy Ritthaler, vice president of marketing for HPE's ITOM group. With DevOps, those demands have gotten more frequent and more intense.

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In order to deliver those needs, HPE turned to container technology to bolster its ITOM offerings, which include streamlining its own offerings, as well as speeding up delivery to help with production. This also allows IT to deploy or upgrade the ITOM suites quickly.

"DevOps demands tools that are built with DevOps in mind, so knowing that we decided to refactor and do a few different things around containers," Ritthaler told Enterprise Cloud News.

In the past month, several other software and cloud vendors have increase their own DevOps offerings to meet similar demands. AppDynamics, which is now part of Cisco, emphasized DevOps with its "Spring '17" release. (See AppDynamics Wants to Buddy With Developers.)

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In addition, Pivotal updated its Cloud Foundry platform to support Windows and .NET applications to satisfy the needs of developers and DevOps. (See Pivotal Opens Windows to Its Cloud Platform.)

HPE's four ITOM suites that are part of Wednesday's upgrade include:

  • Hybrid Cloud Management, which enables the design and deployment of container applications
  • Data Center Automation, which delivers the container, hardware and host operating system provisioning
  • Operations Bridge, which enables monitoring and troubleshooting
  • IT Service Management Automation, which offers analytics and management

The updates have been rolling out to selective customers for the past several weeks, and HPE will update the entire ITOM offering on Wednesday. When HPE spins off its software business to Micro Focus later this year, the ITOM division will be part of that deal. (See HPE Spins Software Business to Micro Focus for $8.8B .)

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— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

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