HPE Adds Amazon EKS Anywhere to GreenLake Portfolio

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) adds support for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Anywhere to its managed GreenLake service for HPE servers deployed as a private cloud in an on-premises IT environment.

At the same time, HPE announced it is making good on a previous promise to make HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform generally available.

Announced at the HPE Discover Frankfurt 2022 event, the support for the two container platforms is also being accompanied by the signing of alliances with HashiCorp, Red Hat, Puppet and Progress to make available a range of infrastructure-as-code tools that can be used to provision HPE servers. HPE also announced it is making generally available instances of HPE GreenLake running the VMware Cloud platform.

Finally, HPE is making available HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics and HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric available under an early access program. Ezmeral is the container platform that HPE makes available alongside Amazon EKS Anywhere and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Bryan Thompson, vice president of product management for HPE GreenLake Cloud Services Solutions, says the ultimate goal is to make it simpler to meld DevOps and data operations (DataOps) across a hybrid cloud computing environment. A global survey of 8,685 decision makers published today by HPE notes that 39% of respondents are currently reevaluating their cloud data strategy, with 53% expressing concerns about losing control over their ability to derive business value from their data.

With its GreenLake service, HPE is making a case for a subscription model of consuming on-premises servers that the company claims is being consumed by more than 65,000 customers using more than two million connected devices to access more than one exabyte of data across more than 70 cloud services.

By relying on HPE to manage that infrastructure, HPE contends IT teams will be able to devote more of their internal IT resources to building and deploying applications.

It’s not clear how many organizations are transitioning toward a subscription model for consuming on-premises IT infrastructure, but in the cloud era, it’s apparent that more of them are comfortable consuming IT as-a-service.

Naturally, organizations that have embraced DevOps workflows would need to align the way they build and deploy applications to a managed service. IT teams that find that challenging, however, could opt for a self-service edition of HPE GreenLake that provides IT teams with more control over the underlying infrastructure.

Regardless of approach, it’s apparent that some type of as-a-service approach to consuming IT infrastructure is being more widely employed across highly distributed computing environments. Each organization will need to decide for itself whether to treat IT as an operating or a capital expense as cloud-native applications make IT management more challenging. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of options for running those applications.

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