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Disaggregated HCI has entered escape velocity

Building momentum in a fast evolving market

25,000 MPH. This is the speed an object needs to break free from the earth’s gravitational pull. It’s an incredible amount of force required – and you can argue the same force is needed to transform and disrupt IT markets. So it’s pretty exciting to see that happening right now, in our industry.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI_IDC_blog-new.pngIt’s been a little over a year since we launched a new model of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. The response from customers, partners, and the market has been remarkable. In the past year, we’ve achieved phenomenal momentum, growing at 280% year over year. That’s rocket speed. 

What’s behind the customer adoption and momentum? 

Having watched HCI over the past decade, I’ve witnessed the evolution of the technology and market. HCI delivers simplicity, ease-of-use, and better economics by collapsing silos and removing complexity. Customers rave about saving time and cost when they see complex tasks reduced from days to minutes. In the early days, the use cases included dedicated VDI, general purpose virtualization, and ROBO. Now customers want to bring the simplicity of HCI to more demanding apps and use cases.  

While HCI has been acceptable for general purpose applications, the traditional HCI appliance architecture can create tradeoffs when scaling to address business critical apps and mixed workloads. Some of the tradeoffs include:

  • optimizing performance at scale for demanding apps
  • complex and costly compromises for reliability and resiliency
  • inefficiency and overprovisioning with linear scaling as you grow  

Customers are asking if they should move their most demanding apps to this architecture or stay the course with complex, legacy 3-tier architectures that don’t require the resiliency, performance, and efficiency tradeoffs. Now customers don’t have to make this difficult decision.

Taking HCI further — to 2.0

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI represents the evolution of HCI. It delivers the same simplicity and operational experience, but with a disaggregated architecture capable of running business-critical apps and mixed workloads at scale with the highest performance, resiliency, and resource efficiency. Let’s explore where customers are looking for HCI to do more.

More performance

For organizations looking to run performance-intensive databases and consolidate mixed workloads, they need the fastest speed at the lowest latency. Not only do these customers need predictable performance, they also need the ability to run inline data services without compromising app delivery performance. Additionally, administrators want lifecycle upgrades, hardware failures, and node upgrades to be invisible, with no impact to business applications.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, with a novel, disaggregated HCI architecture, delivers on the performance outcomes that customers want. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is 10X faster for application performance compared to Dell EMC VxRail based on its unique architecture.[1] HPE delivers better performance, with latency as low as 200 microsecond data response times for business-critical workloads. The architecture also eliminates the CPU and data services contention issue and upgrade complexity of traditional HCI to ensure apps are always-fast.  With AI-driven intelligence providing VM-level insights and visibility, HPE proactively informs customers about app performance problems with prescriptive recommendations.

More resilient

For enterprises running business-critical applications, nothing is more important than resiliency and uptime. Customers, after all, can never compromise on reliability. They want infrastructure that is resilient — where data is isolated from compute so there is zero impact as a result of component failure. This isolated architecture of data and apps improves uptime and resiliency.  In addition, customers need resiliency beyond pure hardware, as hardware alone doesn’t prevent problems from occurring and IT is still left reacting to issues.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI delivers and exceeds the resiliency organizations need for business-critical apps. For starters, the architecture separates compute from storage to help isolate fault domains and minimize app disruptions when failures occur. In addition, dHCI is built with Triple+ Parity RAID to allow apps to keep running even with 3 drive failures. And powered by the industry’s most advanced intelligence, HPE InfoSight, customers gain expertise with full-stack analytics to prescriptively resolve the most challenging performance issues. The net outcome is HPE Nimble Storage dHCI delivers 4X resiliency compared to Dell EMC VxRail and — unlike other vendors — guarantees 99.9999% data availability.

More efficiency

Organizations are constantly growing and expanding, and they need to grow efficiently without overprovisioning and with the best TCO. Compute, storage, and networking resources should not be sitting idle in the data center, and customers shouldn’t pay for more than they use.  Additionally, minimizing software licensing with hypervisors and packaged add-ons is essential to save cost. Customers today want always-on, advanced data reduction to maximize capacity with expensive flash and storage.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI solves these wasteful overprovisioning issues and delivers best-in-class resource efficiency. For starters, a flexible, disaggregated design delivers independent scaling of storage and compute, enabling efficient utilization of compute and storage resources.  With HPE Nimble Storage dHCI there is no need for multiple copies of data across server nodes for local resilience, which translates to 5X better efficiency when compared to Dell EMC VxRail with 100 TB of effective capacity.[2] With dHCI, you minimize your hypervisor and software licensing tax as you scale capacity. As well, capacity is optimized and saved with industry-leading data reduction. 

A bright future for customers with this disruptive technology

Traditional HCI is wonderfully simple and easy-to-use. It’s no surprise that HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, which brings the same level of simplicity to business-critical workloads, has performed so well. Customers believe in the HPE solution because it radically simplifies infrastructure for every application — by reimagining HCI without limitations. Built for business-critical apps and mixed workloads, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI enables IT agility while ensuring apps are always-on and always-fast. VM-centric and AI-driven operations make it effortless, while 99.9999% guaranteed data availability and consistent sub-millisecond latency mean it's ideal for the most demanding apps and workloads. dHCI lowers costs with flexible, independent scaling of compute and storage and industry-leading data efficiency. And it has a bright future. Combined with HPE GreenLake, the solution is a winner in the market, and stellar growth over the past year is evidence of that.

I’m excited for all the customers we’ve helped with this uniquely architected solution and proud of the momentum generated within the fast-growing dHCI category. I look forward to the accelerated momentum to come.

Learn more @ HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

For more details on HPE Nimble Storage dHCI differentiation and why HPE won a Best of VMworld award for virtualization and cloud infrastructure, check out this ChalkTalk.

[1] HPE STORAGE SUBSTANTIATION

[2] https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/Getdocument.aspx?docname=a00058506enw

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Meet Omer Asad, Vice President & General Manager, Primary Storage Storage & Big Data for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he leads HPE Primera/3PAR & Data Management Product Management, Nimble Product Management, and the Nimble Support teams. In addition, Omer is responsible for driving the Next-Gen strategy and overall business plan for our Primary Storage business.


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