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Accelerate faster with Unified Data Operations as-a-service

It’s not every day that data and infrastructure management go through a profound transformation. But that’s exactly what HPE is doing today, with the introduction of Data Services Cloud Console, a game-changing innovation that’s bringing the cloud operational experience to wherever data lives.

Data Services Cloud Console_800x533.pngData Services Cloud Console is a SaaS-based console that delivers a suite of cloud services designed not only to enable cloud operational agility for data infrastructure everywhere — but to unify data operations across the data lifecycle. It’s a powerful combination of capabilities, and they’re made possible by a unique cloud-native architecture that automates and orchestrates integrated infrastructure and data workflows — which transforms complex data operations into a streamlined data management experience across clouds.

By bringing the cloud operational model to on-premises environments, Data Services Cloud Console enables organizations to accelerate data-driven transformation. How? By breaking down the silos, fragmentation, and inefficiency that plagues data and infrastructure management today, and replacing that with unified data operations as-a-service. The power of the Data Services Cloud Console is that it’s the one destination customers need to go to, to unleash their data, agility, and innovation.

Leverage cloud operations for data infrastructure — from edge to cloud

For years, cloud has set the standard when it comes to agility. Line of business leaders and DevOps teams value the simplicity, self-service, automation, and manage-from-anywhere capabilities that the cloud experience gives them. Moreover, they appreciate how easy it is to stand up a workload in the cloud, with all the underlying infrastructure management abstracted away.

But public cloud is not one-size-fits-all. IT concerns around performance, security, and cost mean that the vast majority of mission-critical workloads are still on-premises. That’s despite the fact that data infrastructure management on-prem and at the edge remains plagued by complexity. Think multiple silos, across diverse storage resources, to support the variety of apps a typical enterprise runs in a distributed environment. This approach results in significant operational challenges and inefficiency at scale. At the same time, on-prem infrastructure often requires specialized domain expertise to manage its lifecycle, from install to upgrade.

Data Services Cloud Console brings cloud agility to data infrastructure wherever it’s located — be that on-premises, at the edge, or in the cloud. It does this by separating the control plane from the underlying hardware and moving it to the cloud. Data Services Cloud Console unifies management silos under a single web interface with global visibility and a consistent experience from edge to cloud. This abstraction of control enables a suite of cloud infrastructure services — delivered through Data Services Cloud Console — that radically simplifies how customers manage infrastructure at scale, and across the lifecycle.

What cloud operations for data infrastructure mean for you

Simplified deployment
To begin, picture a simplified and streamlined device deployment process that can be completed in minutes. New systems are automatically discovered and on-boarded. Simply cable up your system, turn it on, and after a few simple configuration steps the system is available for use in your fleet.

Intent-based provisioning
Next, automate and optimize app deployment with Intent-based Provisioning. This unique service eliminates guesswork and spreadsheets by ensuring workloads are always deployed on the right resource across a global fleet. Intent-based Provisioning transforms storage provisioning from a LUN-centric, manual process to an AI-driven approach that leverages real-time context into resource headroom and application-specific SLAs to optimize where your data is stored — automatically.

Intent-based provisioning, combined with role-based access control, enables self-service provisioning without the need for storage expertise.  It enables developers to deploy applications faster by shortening data infrastructure provisioning from days to minutes.  This accelerates application development cycles and makes possible the effortless app-provisioning experience demanded by today’s fast-paced dev/ops processes.

Manage from anywhere
Data Services Cloud Console provides 100% cloud-managed infrastructure, which means customers can globally control and monitor storage from anywhere, and on any device. The cloud-native control plane scales autonomously with infrastructure, so managing hundreds of systems across geographies is as simple as managing one.

Automate at scale
Finally, the cloud-native control plane is also highly extensible, with a fully programmable, unified API across edge-to-cloud infrastructure. This single API endpoint for the entire infrastructure allows organizations to automate self-service operations at cloud speed and scale without worrying about API versions, feature compatibility, or multiple scripting.

Bringing cloud agility to data infrastructure wherever it lives delivers transformational outcomes — and empowers organizations to deploy, provision, manage, and scale data infrastructure in 99% less time[1]. This enables IT to reduce operating costs while optimizing resource utilization, move to a generalist model, and shift from managing storage to managing data, thereby refocusing resources and skills on higher value strategic initiatives.

Powered by a proven platform

While Data Services Cloud Console is new, its foundational building blocks are market-hardened. It’s powered by the proven, trusted technology foundation of Aruba Central, which today has several years in the field, serving 90,000 customers and millions of end devices connected to clusters deployed around the world.

This foundation ensures the secure management of global infrastructure and data services that you get on-premises, but with the simplicity and agility of the cloud. Multi-level advanced security capabilities include encrypted connectivity to data infrastructure, multi-factor authentication, fully-audited actions, and role-based access control policies.

The cloud console is architected as a framework of micro-services and workflows that enables the rapid development, deployment, and scaling of new services with a consistent user experience. This framework provides the basis for a portfolio of services that are seamlessly available and continuously updated for customers within the cloud.

Move faster with SaaS

Since the Data Services Cloud Console is delivered as-a-service, there is no software to deploy, manage, or maintain, and customers automatically stay current on the latest software features without needing to take any action. Even better, you can move from an ownership model to an access model and enjoy the agility and convenience of flexible subscription.

The road ahead

Today marks an important milestone in our journey from being a leader in storage to becoming a leader in data management. Data Services Cloud Console is a key enabler for this transformative pivot, ushering in a new era where customers shift from managing storage to unleashing data, agility, and innovation.

We’re thrilled to be changing the storage game with today’s announcement, and we’re even more energized about the road ahead. Data Services Cloud Console sets the foundation for unifying data operations on one platform. By collapsing data silos and eliminating the complexity of traditional data management operations, Data Services Cloud Console’s suite of integrated, automated, and policy-driven cloud data services will enable a simple, streamlined experience for customers to access, protect, search, and mobilize data from edge to cloud — even as they accelerate app development, unlock data insights, and empower their data innovators.

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[1] Comparison of infrastructure lifecycle management of HPE Alletra vs ESG Market Research, April 2021

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