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HPE introduces AI & cloud automation with latest storage portfolio update

25 Jul 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new features to HPE3PAR focusing on enabling users to make better use of their data.

The updates include new predictive support automation with HPE InfoSIght to drive application availability, and enhanced application automation for on-premise infrastructure to accelerate DevOps for increased productivity and efficiency.

“HPE 3PAR offers customers a flexible storage platform that easily adapts to any environment, which is critical as companies embrace new technologies and cloud native applications,” says HPE 3PAR VP and GM Ivan Iannaccone.

“The new functionalities announced today build on 3PAR’s tier-1 all-flash foundation, and provide the agility needed to keep pace with growing business demands.”

It’s no secret that IT agility is essential in helping businesses innovate faster, and HPE asserts its new updates will provide for accelerated digital transformation by delivering a self-improving infrastructure and self-service storage.

Now for a deeper look into the updates. HPE InfoSight is a cloud-based AI platform that predicts and automates resolution to problems while continually improving to make HPE storage smarter and more reliable.

HPE 3PAR users will now benefit from the above, in addition to the cross-stack analytics that enables IT to resolve performance and pinpoint the root cause of issues between the storage virtual host machines. It’s certainly proven itself a success in the real world, as since its release HPE InfoSights has predicted and auto-resolved 85 percent of more than 1,500 priority cases across the HPE 3PAR installed base.

IDC research vice president Eric Burgener says the expansion to HPE 3PAR is a big win for users.

“As they promised in the wake of the acquisition, HPE has now extended InfoSight coverage to the HPE 3PAR StoreServ product line. This is a big win for 3PAR customers, who can expect to benefit from InfoSight’s artificial intelligence- and machine learning-informed real-time optimisations to drive higher performance, better availability, lower cost, and improved system-level efficiencies – just as Nimble’s customers have,” says Burgener.

“Cloud-based predictive analytics platforms like InfoSight are the future, and the InfoSight pedigree offers compelling value to HPE customers.”

One of these users is BlueShore Financial Technology.

“As a financial institution focused on delivering exceptional client service, the availability of our applications is crucial, and we’ve achieved 100 percent uptime for more than five years with HPE 3PAR storage,” says BlueShore Financial technology infrastructure manager Ryan Burgess.

“HPE InfoSight makes this experience even better by pinpointing issues between our storage and virtualised environment. Now that InfoSight predicts and prevents complex problems, it reduces our time spent on infrastructure and allows us more time for innovation and delivering a better experience to our clients.”

On top of the above releases, HPE also announced:

  • HPE 3PAR now works with Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift to join existing integration with Docker and Mesosphere DC/OS,
  • A new plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, which provides self-service storage automation through pre-built workflows to quickly deploy, and streamline storage management.
  • New pre-built blueprints for configuration management tools available for HPE 3PAR users - Chef, Puppet and Ansible, as well as language software development kits in Ruby and Python.
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