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HPE advances hybrid cloud strategy by extending AI, composability and partnerships

By Kai Ping Lew
Wed 19 Jun 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the continued expansion of its hybrid cloud portfolio with more automation, more choice, workload-optimised solutions, and a consistent experience across clouds.

These updates include extending AI-driven operations and composability across its portfolio, adding new workload-optimised infrastructure, and expanding choice of clouds through new partnerships with Google Cloud and Equinix.

Businesses embracing digital transformation are moving critical workloads to the cloud, and are looking to tap an increasingly diverse portfolio of intelligent and automation services, and infrastructure platforms that simplify choice to improve their cloud experience.

Organisations are making investments in multiple clouds, but they’re lacking operational consistency.

In addition, all this data and technology, regardless of deployment model, needs to be managed and organisations are rapidly approaching limitations without automation.

They need to bridge the physical and multiple cloud worlds to achieve agility and scale, and keep pace with today’s data-driven businesses.

HPE chief sales officer and hybrid IT president Phil Davis says, “HPE provides the hybrid cloud path for customers with analytics and machine learning that removes the burden of managing infrastructure, enables digital transformation, and accelerates growth. “Together, automation and composability can support business objectives, increase efficiency, and enable organisations to be more competitive.”

Broadening HPE’s composable portfolio

HPE introduced composable infrastructure three years ago and has achieved growth with its flagship HPE Synergy offering—with 78% year-over-year growth and over 3,000 customers.

HPE composable infrastructure uniquely provides a consistent operating model for virtualised, containerised, and bare-metal applications, to enable customers to compose fluid pools of compute, storage and networking with their choice of software stacks. Customers using HPE Synergy benefit from:

  • 25% lower IT infrastructure costs by eliminating over-provisioning and stranded capacity
  • 71% less staff time per server deployment and 30% higher application team productivity by increasing operational efficiency and rapid deployment of IT resources
  • 60% more efficient IT infrastructure teams by reducing complexity and manual tasks

Today, HPE is extending its composable strategy to enable IT organisations to transform existing HPE ProLiant DL 360/380/560 Gen10 rack-based servers into composable infrastructure to deliver automated deployment, scale, and management for any workload.

HPE’s Composable Cloud solution, built on HPE OneView IT infrastructure management and HPE Composable Fabric networking solution, will enable existing and new HPE ProLiant DL customers to quickly deploy and scale workloads across a composable rack environment, and support their choice of cloud, virtualisation, or container stacks. 

This allows customers to protect their investment in their infrastructure platforms.
In addition to providing customers the ability to deploy their choice of HPE physical storage or VMware vSAN software-defined storage, HPE’s composable portfolio now supports HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).

With HPE SimpliVity, customers can deploy a pool of HCI nodes alone or alongside other storage, benefitting from HPE SimpliVity’s always-on deduplication and compression that drives capacity and bandwidth efficiency, and built-in backup/recovery and disaster recovery.

Enhancing and expanding HCI

HPE SimpliVity is the hyperconverged infrastructure platform for data center virtualisation and edge workloads, with rapid 105.3% year-over-year growth. Today, HPE is enhancing its HPE SimpliVity HCI offering, as well as extending a hyperconverged experience to a converged architecture.
HPE is integrating HPE InfoSight AI operations into HPE SimpliVity to simplify virtual machine management and free IT staff. 

Together, HPE SimpliVity and HPE InfoSight, the AI for infrastructure, provides customers with global visibility into detailed system, performance, and capacity utilisation—enabling predictive data analytics and recommendations for system and performance optimisation.

Today’s announcement follows several enhancements for edge and remote office use cases in HPE SimpliVity, including:

  • The new HPE SimpliVity 325 model that’s ideal for remote offices or space-constrained locations and provides a highly dense, scalable 1U enclosure with an AMD EPYC single CPU processor and all-flash storage
  • The new HPE SimpliVity 380 storage-optimised node that provides long-term storage,with a large-capacity system to centrally aggregate copies from multi-site HPE SimpliVity implementations
  • Automated configuration of Aruba switches during deployment of new HPE SimpliVity HCI nodes

For organisations with demanding applications, such as business-critical database and data warehouse applications, HPE is introducing HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, a disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure (dHCI) platform that brings the simplicity of hyperconverged with the flexibility of a converged system.

The new solution integrates hyperconverged control with the self-managing experience of HPE Nimble Storage and the world’s best-selling server, HPE ProLiant.
HPE Nimble Storage dHCI radically simplifies VM management with the flexibility to independently scale compute and storage, and a resilient architecture that delivers 99.9999% data availability and sub-milliseconds of latency.

Powered with HPE InfoSight, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is an intelligent platform that enables enterprises to deploy apps faster, support demanding apps, and optimise time and resources.
As part of an ongoing collaboration between HPE and Equinix, customers using Equinix data center facilities who are seeking cloud-based test and development, backup and recovery, or disaster recovery capabilities, will be able to transact in the Equinix Marketplace to get Data as a Service based on HPE Cloud Volumes.

HPE Cloud Volumes will be available over high-speed connectivity to compute in Equinix data centers.

HPE and Google Cloud expand strategic partnership to deliver hybrid cloud for containers

HPE and Google Cloud have expanded their strategic partnership to provide customers with hybrid cloud solutions.

Building on the HPE Validated Designs that were announced in April 2019, HPE and Google Cloud are unveiling a collaboration to deliver a true hybrid cloud for containers – with choice for as-a-Service delivery.

In addition, HPE will offer advisory and professional services to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption.

The true hybrid cloud solution features Google Cloud’s Anthos in combination with HPE’s on-premises infrastructure, HPE Cloud Data Services, and HPE GreenLake.

The combined offering brings together Google Cloud’s Anthos with HPE ProLiant and HPE Nimble Storage on-premises.

And, coming in Q3FY19, HPE Cloud Volumes to provide a storage service for Google Cloud Platform and other public clouds.

In addition, HPE plans to offer HPE GreenLake for Google Cloud’s Anthos to provide the entire hybrid cloud, as-a-Service.

This true hybrid cloud solution brings unique value to IT with bi-directional data and application workload mobility, multi-cloud flexibility, unified hybrid management, and the choice to consume the hybrid cloud as-a-Service.

True hybrid cloud enables use cases including modernising applications into container-based deployments, empowering developers to develop in the cloud with the flexibility to deploy the application on-premises, protecting to the cloud and recovering in the cloud, and delivering the flexibility to run applications in multiple clouds.

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