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HPE adds support for Microsoft, VMware and Docker to Cloud28+ marketplace

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) softens its stance on OpenStack compatibility by introducing support for Azure, VMware and Docker too

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has reiterated its commitment to OpenStack, after confirming its Cloud 28+ marketplace will now support applications that run on alternative cloud platforms.

HPE confirmed in September 2015 that Cloud 28+ members would have one-year from signing up to join the endeavour to get any off-premise apps or services they sell through the portal compliant with the HP Helion flavour of OpenStack.

The company appears to have softened its stance on the matter, by setting out plans to extend its open technology framework for the marketplace to include support for Microsoft Azure, VMware, as well as Ormuco and Docker, for the first time.

Speaking to Computer Weekly ahead of the Cloud 28+ Acceleration event in Amsterdam on 19 May 2016, Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, vice-president of hybrid IT at HPE, said expanding the technological remit of Cloud 28+ was the brainchild of the initiative’s governance board.

“The governance board was put in place to lead discussions about what needed to be done to move Cloud 28+ on and accelerate its growth and one of the big outcomes we took from that is that we need to allow open it up,” he said.

“Customers and partners want to leverage their existing capabilities, this being Microsoft Azure or VMware, and some new technologies like Docker, so we said we’ll open it up, but OpenStack is still there.”

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Accelerating deployment times

Cloud 28+  is an HPE-led initiative designed to provide end user organisations across all 28 EU member states with access to a federated catalogue of cloud services from a range of service providers, resellers and independent software suppliers. 

The introduction of support for Docker forms part of the newly unveiled Cloud28+ App Center, which will allow independent software suppliers to containerise applications to speed up the time it takes to deploy them in production environments.

It is claimed this will allow users to transfer apps from one service provider to another with greater ease, and as need dictates.

The App Center will support non-containerised applications, added HPE, in keeping with its theme of making Cloud 28+ open and accessible as wide a range of customers as possible.

“We’re open it up because I want to achieve my original vision [for Cloud 28+] that a cloud service can be transported from every single service provider to another service provider, and this will enable that,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cloud 28+ providers have access to a reworked publication platform so they can update and manage their listings within the portal, as well as a real-time analytics dashboard to tracks sales leads through.

Opening up about OpenStack

At the OpenStack Summit in April 2016, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth hit out at legacy suppliers, including HPE, for mistakenly thinking that nailing their flag to the open source cloud platform would help revive their fortunes. He then went on to predict that this may result in some pulling their support for the initiative later down the line.

Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps appeared to repudiate this suggestion, telling Computer Weekly the company’s HPE Helion OpenStack platform is now enterprise-grade and will continue to be a long-term “axis of development” for the firm.

He claimed the company is picking up customers for its take on OpenStack in financial services, the public sector, telecoms and manufacturing, as enterprise attitudes towards the platform have matured.

“Three years ago, customers were thinking of OpenStack as a venture, and now they think of OpenStack as a product,” he said.

“Not only do we have a solid version of OpenStack, unlike our competitors, we don’t need armies to deploy it, which is what people expect when they turn to a company like HPE.”

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