On Tuesday, at the HPE Discover conference for tech leaders in Las Vegas, HPE and Docker announced a strategic alliance focused on HPE’s new Docker ready server program, which could make it easier for developers to build distributed applications and manage an agile environment.

According to a press release announcing the alliance, the partnership will cover “sales, go-to-market, engineering, support, services and knowledge sharing.” The HPE Docker ready server program, will make sure that HPE servers (HPE ProLiant, HPE Apollo, and HPE Cloudline so far) come equipped with 24×7 Docker support and are natively bundled with Docker Engine, the product that creates the environment where a developer actually build and runs Docker containers.

SEE: Docker’s no longer all about test-and-dev, says Docker CEO (Tech Pro Research)

According to research firm Gartner: “By 2018, more than 50 percent of new workloads will be deployed into containers in at least one stage of the application life cycle.” Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Group at HPE, believes that partnering with a container provider like Docker will help HPE equip developers to build applications faster and more efficiently.

“Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organizations solutions that optimize their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business,” Neri said.

Ben Golub, CEO of Docker, concurred, noting that although the strategic alliance starts with Docker Engine, it will also extend to the Docker Datacenter product as well, which will see joint sales and support from the alliance. Golub said users could see “20X optimization on their infrastructure, while shipping their applications 13X faster.”

In addition to the Docker ready HPE Servers, the alliance will also bring about Docker ready Converged and Composable HPE Systems. HPE’s Synergy, BladeSystem, and Converged System will come suited for Docker deployments as well.

Additional collaborations are happening on the following technologies:

  • HPE Reference Configuration for Docker Datacenter on HPE Hyper Converged 380
  • HPE Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter for the Converged Architecture 700
  • Docker-integrated Native Volume Plugin for HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash arrays
  • Docker-integrated Networking
  • Docker-integrated HPE SiteScope
  • Docker-integrated HPE OneView
  • HPE Linux Docker support

HPE is also making use of Docker licenses, APIs, and plugins to make products like its AppDefender, Operations Bridge monitoring, CMS and Universal Directory configuration management, and HPE Helion Cloud Suite Docker ready.

SEE: Docker announces Container-as-a-Service to bridge the DevOps gap (TechRepublic)

The strategic alliance between HPE and Docker is the next logical step in the working relationship of the two companies. HPE has been working to deliver Docker-ready tools for some times, and continues targeting the DevOps community with tools like its ALM Octane. Docker, on the other hand, is looking to align itself with enterprise giants like HPE as containerization and other DevOps practice move into the mainstream.

Docker ready HPE Servers and Docker-integrated Converged and Composable systems will be available sometime in Q4 2016, but the Docker-integrated HPE solutions in storage, networking, and software are available now.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HPE and Docker announce a strategic alliance focused on making HPE products more deeply integrated with Docker solutions, which could make it easier for developers to build distributed applications.
  2. One of the key features of the alliance is the Docker ready server program, where HPE servers will come bundled with Docker Engine and enterprise support.
  3. The alliance makes sense as HPE looks to get ahead of the growing DevOps trend and Docker pushes to set itself up as the top provider of containerization tools.