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Hewlett Packard Enterprise today acknowledged the growing popularity of containerized software, saying it will bundle Docker Engine with its servers and will provide varied forms of support for Docker. The emphasis on Docker is “unique to the server industry,” HPE said in a release.

Ben Golub
Docker CEO Ben Golub

The announcement was made today at the HPE Discover event in Las Vegas, where Docker CEO Ben Golub joined HPE CEO Meg Whitman on stage to discuss the partnership.

“The default availability of Docker‘s technology on every HPE server and HPE’s hyper-converged platform enables enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of containerization while leveraging their investments in existing systems and process,” Golub said in the news release, noting that the alliance also includes the Docker Datacenter platform. He said large companies that use the solution “can achieve immediate efficiencies while focusing on existing applications, which can include a 20X optimization on their infrastructure, while shipping their applications 13X faster.”

Container technology such as Docker lets developers bundle up an app and the components needed to run it in an easy-to-deploy package.

HPE and Docker will collaborate on sales and support programs for HPE customers, especially those using Docker Datacenter, the companies said. HPE will offer design, implementation and technology assessments for Docker containers and microservices. Docker will support HPE Linux, and HPE will Docker-enable its cloud and software portfolio.

Docker-ready HPE servers, including the Apollo, Cloudline and ProLiant models, are set for fourth-quarter availability. Docker-based software for storage and networking is available immediately.

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