Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced general availability for the HPE Container Platform. The platform combines a number of technologies developed by BlueData Software and MapR Technologies, two companies recently acquired by HPE.

The company describes the container platform as an “integrated ready-to-use solution” that uses BlueData software as the control center for container management and the distributed file system as a unified data fabric for storage.

According to HPE, it is a business container platform that can support both cloud-native and non-cloud-native applications running in containers. The platform is based on the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration software, and it can run on bare-metal servers or virtual machines. This can be on-premise, in a private or public cloud, or at the network edge.

More innovation

HPE believes that the next phase of container adoption in the enterprise requires both more innovation and a new approach. The HPE Container Platform should accelerate both the speed and agility of enterprises.

“Customers benefit from greater cost efficiency by running containers on bare metal, with the flexibility to run on VMs or in a cloud environment,” Kumar Sreekanti said, senior vice president and CTO of hybrid IT at HPE. “We use the innovations of the open-source Kubernetes community, along with our own software innovations for multitenancy, security and persistent containerised data storage”.