HPE's New OEM Deal With Mesosphere Makes It Easier For Partners To Natively Deliver Container Orchestration To Enterprise Customers


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) raised its bet on container tech on Tuesday through a new alliance with Mesosphere that will embed the powerful Mesos container orchestration platform onto its servers and storage products.

The two companies struck a global OEM and reseller agreement, in which Mesosphere's enterprise product, Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DC/OS), a commercial distribution of the open source Mesos platform, will come pre-integrated on the HPE ProLiant hardware line.

The partnership will make it easier for HPE channel partners to deliver container-focused solutions to their enterprise customers, said Peter Schrady, general manager of SMB and enterprise server solutions at HPE.

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Mesos powers some of the world's largest container deployments at places like Twitter, eBay and Airbnb. Mesosphere founder Florian Leibert was a Twitter engineer who helped implement the technology at the social networking site to overcome scaling challenges spawning the infamous "fail whale" downtime notice.

HPE, based in Palo Alto, Calif., will resell DC/OS on its ProLiant servers and storage, and the company's services division will support the product.

"We're really wrapping the whole Mesosphere offering around our hardware and our global support system," Schrady told CRN.

Prior to the arrangement, HPE partners were tackling on their own the challenge of integrating and selling Mesosphere, he said.

HPE has been busy in the container space. In June, the company introduced a partnership with Docker to natively support the container standard that has revolutionized the industry.

Mesos, which orchestrates clusters of Docker containers, is highly differentiated from competitors like Kubernetes, a technology developed at Google, and Docker's own clustering solution, Swarm, Schrady said. And Mesosphere DC/OS is unique in that it enables data centers to operate as individual nodes.

"It's extremely flexible, extremely fast," Schrady said of Mesos. "This offers a complete solution to those companies born-in-the-cloud, with infrastructure built for cloud-native applications and microservices as well as those with traditional infrastructure."

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