Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has unveiled a new version of its Helion Development Platform for cloud-native applications that adds support for containers and microservices.
The release is accompanied by a raft of other tools to provide lifecycle management and monitoring capabilities for application deployment.
Available immediately, the Helion Development Platform 2.0 builds upon the capabilities in the existing version, which is based on the open source Cloud Foundry platform as a service (Paas), but adds support for Docker containers as an alternative way for developers to build and deploy applications and services.
To complement the new release, HPE is also delivering tools for load testing and performance monitoring, including StormRunner, AppPulse for Docker and Sitescope, plus the Codar for Docker continuous deployment tool.
The new Docker support in Helion Development Platform 2.0 is apparently based on technology HP gained from the acquisition of Stackato, another Cloud Foundry distributor, according to Erez Yaary, HPE Software's chief technologist in EMEA.
"With the Helion Development platform, we are developing towards our Stackato Cloud Foundry distribution and so we are able to build workloads and package them into containers," Yaary said.
Specifically, Helion Development Platform now comes with a native continuous integration and deployment service, Helion Cloud Engine, that helps developer teams release more frequently and deliver higher quality cloud-native apps, according to HPE. This is able to automate build, test and deploy cycles for check-ins to Git repositories, either on-premise or on Github.
Containers have been a hot technology for the past year or two as a new way to support more agile development for applications and services, enabling them to be broken down into smaller components that can be quickly deployed and scaled independently of each other.
To help with the operation of containerised applications and services, HPE is also offering StormRunner and AppPulse for Docker cloud services for load testing and application performance monitoring, respectively.
Other support tools include HPE Sitescope, an agentless monitoring tool that enables remote monitoring of an entire Docker Swarm cluster infrastructure, including the Swarm Manager, cluster nodes, individual containers and their workloads.
Meanwhile, HPE Codar for Docker provides lifecycle management and deployment for complex multi-tier applications that could comprise a mix of traditional and containerised workloads.
At a lower level, HPE is providing a Docker Machine plugin to enable deployment of container hosts from HPE's OneView management platform, using the Composable Infrastructure APIs.
"So within a single pane of glass you can manage your traditional architectures, your virtualised environment, and your containerised environment," Yaary said.
In addition to these tools, HPE is offering a Docker Reference Architecture, providing guidance for deployment of Helion Development Platform 2.0 on its CloudSystem 9.0 private cloud platform and ConvergedSystem 700 infrastructure. There is also a Docker Reference Guide and HPE will be offering enterprise-grade support for Docker running on its platforms.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is one of two new companies formed at the start of this month from the split of the former HP. HPE is focused on infrastructure and services for the enterprise, while HP Inc offers printers and personal systems.
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