Portworx deploys containerised workloads with HPE

The software container company Portworx is “teaming up” with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) to quickly deploy and scale containerised workloads.

Portworx said in its pitch Thursday: “The rise of on-demand applications such as ride-hailing apps is fueling a demand for cloud-native and container-based frameworks that can scale to meet growing performance requirements.

“Software containers are a tool used by developers that allows them to build applications capable of running on any platform, regardless of the underlying hardware or software.”

It also said it’s providing this framework by integrating its product with HPE’s Synergy platform, which combines computing, storage, and networking into a “composable” unit.

The new configuration uses Portworx’s storage platform alongside Kubernetes as the container orchestration tool.

‘Running enterprise container workloads’

The new “reference configuration” also highlights how on-demand apps are helping to accelerate a transition from “stateless” containers where data is destroyed when each instance is shut down, to “stateful” containers that can retain this data and are therefore better suited to production.

McLeod Glass, HPE’s vice president of production management, said: “Running enterprise container workloads at scale requires compute and storage that are highly flexible, scalable and available.”

That explains the need to combine Portworx’s cloud-native storage system with HPE’s Synergy platform, so as to scale computing services on Kubernetes clusters, the companies said.

Portworx chief executive, Murli Thirumale, added in a statement: “The reference configuration, therefore, helps to simplify the delivery of stateful container services, “striking an important balance for enterprise IT between automation and control.”

‘DevOps teams need greater automation’

HPE’s Synergy platform helps automate hardware provisioning, while Portworx’s PX enterprise storage layers for stateful workloads are used to automate application management.

Portworx said this is important because DevOps teams need greater automation to ensure their on-demand applications deliver the performance expected of them.

With the new configuration, it’s possible to run container applications and back-end databases on either bare metal servers, without the software installed, or virtual machines based on Synergy, the company said.

HPE also noted the reference configuration simplifies the integration of Kubernetes and makes it easier to fire up instances on demand, eliminating the need for third-party service providers.

Written from press release by Leah Alger