Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today it has added a cloud platform to its managed Greenlake service, through which DevOps teams will be able to manage deployments of applications alongside HPE.
Scott Yow, vice president and general manager for GreenLake Hybrid Cloud Software at HPE, said HPE Greenlake Central provides a control plane that makes it possible for DevOps teams to write, release and deploy code quickly, without having to manage the IT infrastructure directly in an on-premises IT environment.
Instead, DevOps teams will have access to an array of tools and services from HPE and partners through a marketplace to create a workbench through which they can design and create applications using best DevOps practices, said Yow. For example, HPE will make it possible for DevOps teams to leverage Terraform tools from HashiCorp to enable DevOps teams to manage infrastructure as code.
Announced at the HPE Discover More Munich event, GreenLake Central is in trial with general availability scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2020. The goal is to make it possible for DevOps teams to access distributed IT infrastructure in an on-premises IT environment that is managed in much the same way cloud platforms are accessed, said Yow. HPE will provide the expertise required to consistently manage underlying IT infrastructure, while DevOps teams employ Greenlake Central to manage the application environment.
The Greenlake service also surfaces a dashboard through which IT teams can leverage more than 1,000 controls to meet almost any compliance mandates. Reports generated via that console substantially reduce the time and effort required to audit the IT environment as well.
HPE is essentially making available a “co-pilot” approach to managing IT infrastructure that enables DevOps teams to focus more of their efforts on managing applications. HPE also published the results of a survey of 1,000 IT decision-makers that finds 86% of respondents agree that “as-a-service” approaches to managing IT are now inevitable and 75% expect their organization to move toward full adoption of such models in less than five years.
Today the Greenlake service is designed around a series of virtual machine options spanning offerings from HPE, Nutanix and VMware. However, HPE plans to add support next year for a recently launched HPE Container Platform that can be deployed on top of virtual machines or bare-metal servers. IT organizations also should expect HPE to extend the Greenlake control plane to public clouds to advance hybrid cloud computing to ensure IT organizations maintain ownership of the control plane to manage those environments, Yow said.
Greenlake is at the forefront of an HPE initiative to transition all its offerings into a set of managed services. That “as-a-service” approach has already gained traction with more than 740 customers worldwide, including 160 new customer wins this year. By 2022, HPE has promised to make its entire portfolio available as a service.
HPE is not the only provider of IT infrastructure leveraging managed services to provide DevOps teams with access to a more flexible IT environment. Historically, these types of managed services were provided by third-party IT services providers. In the age of the cloud, HPE is betting more organizations will prefer to have their IT infrastructure managed by the vendor that built it in the first place. Of course, as part of that transition, HPE is making a case for standardizing on its infrastructure.
It’s too early to say how the marriage of DevOps and managed services will play out in on-premises IT environments. The one thing that is clear, however, is that DevOps teams increasingly need to manage the IT infrastructure on which their applications are deployed only if they really feel the need to do so.