Hewlett Packard Enterprise Monday stepped up its composite infrastructure offensive with a host of innovative offerings including a new version of its hot selling hyper-visibility SimpliVity system with a composite mesh network.
HPE said that the new version of SimpliVity – unveiled at HPE Discover in Madrid – marks the launch of the first hyper-convergent infrastructure system with a composite mesh network.
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In fact, HPE said that the new version of SimpliVity – which will be available in December 2018 – sets a "new standard" for hyper-convergent infrastructure with the integration of software-defined networks to improve the performance and management of distributed applications.
The knit mesh network, which comes from HPE's acquisition of Plexxi earlier this year, distinguishes HPE from any and all competitors, said Lauren Whitehouse, group director of software marketing for HPE.
"Flat knit fabric is the secret sauce that really sets us apart," Whitehouse said. "It's software-defined and it's a better architecture. [than anything competitors can offer]. It allows much better economy and performance than column and sheet architectures. "
The fabric of the Plexxi mesh network opens the door to a self-optimizing, composable infrastructure that "no other vendor can touch," she said. "Plexxi technology is revolutionary for us, our partners and organizations who are embracing this."
SimpliVity's mesh network gives HPE partners a great sales advantage with a "real hyper-convergence level" that no other vendor can match, said Whitehouse.
The software-defined network for hyper-convergent searches opens the network deadlock and frees companies to deploy critical applications quickly, rather than constantly relying on network administrators to make things happen, she said.
"You no longer have to look for a network specialist because it's now very easy to configure settings, manage, and even troubleshoot the environment with Plexxi composite fabric," said Whitehouse. "You're really providing autonomy and self-sufficiency to a smaller common denominator in the IT organization." You're no longer wasting time, you do not need expert skills, you can now have people focused on deploying applications rather than working with This is revolutionary for many organizations and we are leading the way to that. "
In addition to the simplified hyper-visibility network infrastructure, HPE accelerated its leadership in infrastructure with the launch of the HPE Composable Cloud, a cloud-based hybrid open platform, now available for the first time in HPE Rack Systems of the HPE Composable Cloud for HPE ProLiant DL servers.
HPE said Composable Fabric in HPE ProLiant DL Severs – optimized for rack-scale environments – "radically simplifies" the data center network with auto-configuration capabilities that improve performance and reduce provisioning by up to 70 percent.
The HPE Composable Cloud supports VMware and Red Hat Open Shift workloads in what HPE calls "hyperscaler-like speed, scale and economy."
HPE is also launching the HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy – its first composite infrastructure for blade systems that began rolling out in January 2016 – two years and nine months ahead of rival Dell's PowerEdge MX kinetic system.
Composable Cloud offerings, which provide customers with the ability to compose any workload in any cloud, support the entire HPE software stack, including integrated HPE InfoSight software artificial intelligence, HPE OneView for software-defined cloud infrastructure management and HPE OneSphere, its multi-cloud management Software-as-a-service offering.
The Composable Cloud is an important new weapon for partners to help customers accelerate digital transformation, Whitehouse said.
In fact, Whitehouse said, it anticipates that customers will leverage savings by implementing the innovative Composable Cloud offerings and use them to help customers accelerate digital transformation. "This is driving customers to the market faster, maximizing the time people spend writing applications," she said.
Dan Molina, director of technology at San Diego-based Nth Generation Computing, one of HPE's major corporate partners and number 354 of the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500, said he hopes that adding mesh to SimpliVity will open the door to to Nth Generation. at least double its SimpliVity sales in 2019.
"The addition of composability across the Plexxi mesh network is enormous," said Molina. "HPE is outpacing its hyper-convergent competitors with Plexxi."
HPE has a solid three to four year lead over competing market competitors with its latest infrastructure developments, Molina said. "HPE has practically created a new category of market with composite infrastructure," he said. "Now the others are trying to catch up."
Nth Generation has seen an increase in sales with Synergy, HP's first offering, increasing sales by 50 percent this year, Molina said.
HPE's hyper-convergent business, which includes the Synergy composite system, is growing at an incredible 140% at a rate of $ 1 billion. Synergy, which is the basis of a DevOps composite business model, has now been adopted by more than 2,200 customers.
"Synergy was already seen as a great fit for customers," said Molina. "The addition of HPE Composable Cloud to ProLiant and SimpliVity makes compositing more attractive to our small and midsize customers and even more corporate."
HPE ProLiant DL servers reduce the price-performance barrier for customers to take advantage of the compositional benefits that change the game, Molina said. "This will allow us to reach substantially more customers with composition," he said.
By 2019, Molina expects up to 20% of Nth Generation's sales to come from HPE's infrastructure offerings.
One of the reasons for HPE's composure is that customers are increasingly looking for a way to accelerate digital transformation with a DevOps rapid development model, and HPE has great technology over other infrastructure competitors, said Molina .
"This is much bigger than converged infrastructure," he said. "It's about helping customers to market substantially faster, which gives these customers a competitive advantage over other companies in an era where things move very fast. If you do not go to the market fast enough, you may lose significant business or even outside of business. "