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HPE Product and Solution News at Gartner Data Center and Beyond


This week HPE is at the Gartner Data Center show in Las Vegas, where we’re a Premiere sponsor of the event.  We’re already busy, meeting with and speaking to 2,500 IT industry professionals and many of the 60+ Gartner Analysts in attendance.

The HPE team is talking up our newest products and solutions, esp. those just announced last week at HPE Discover.  The biggest news for our team was the expansion of the HPE InfoSight footprint, from covering just the HPE Nimble Storage products to now including 3PAR StorServ arrays as well.  This broadening was matched by a deepening of the capability, adding a Recommendation Engine to enhance prescriptive problem solving.  HPE InfoSight is getting good press on how it’s bringing AI and machine learning to the Data Center.

The value of artificial intelligence and automation is being felt beyond enterprise IT.  I caught this tweet from the Future of Money conference which is also happening this week:  “The average mortgage file has over 500 pieces of paper.  All of this can be automated.  Machines are making decisions.”

 HPE Grows All Flash Array LeadershipGartner-MQ-SSA-July2017.pngGartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays, July 2017

Another big news item unveiled at the Gartner event is the All Flash Array Magic Quadrant.  HPE, bolstered by the Nimble Storage acquisition, moved further up and to the right within this notable analyst chart.  HPE, already a Leader in solid state storage arrays, climbed towards the top in terms of Ability to Execute and made gains as well in being recognized for its Vision.  

The Data storage portfolio at HPE lets customers start small and scale up, with offerings that are fast, flexible, efficient and app-integrated. The recently updated webpages provide handy info on the entire portfolio including All-Flash and Hybrid flash, to data protection and related storage products and solutions: hpe.com/storage

Virtualization on the Show Floor

Speaking of integration, if you caught us at the VMworld shows, you may have already heard about what’s so special in what HPE does for Virtualized environments.  We had a pretty big presence at those events – both in Vegas and Barcelona – with numerous presentations and booth demos that showed how HPE provides data infrastructure powerful enough to support all types of Enterprise workloads, but that can be easily operated by VM Admins through vCenter, thanks to our industry-leading integrations. This addresses the growing trend of customers who are employing fewer infrastructure component specialists (e.g. Storage Admins) vs. IT Generalists.

One of the key messages pertaining to our server virtualization is Radical Simplicity: specifically how we let users provision, protect and manage data at the VM rather than datastore level.  HPE, both on the Nimble and 3PAR sides, has significantly invested in integrated data management, resulting in the industry's deepest integration across vCenter, VVols, VASA, VAAI, SRM, and vRealize.  Don’t take my word for it – take a look at this recently published demo, with Julian Cates walking through new vSphere Virtual Volumes (“VVols”) functionality: https://youtu.be/oGEHybTgM10

And along with the efficiency benefits of integration, HPE storage also delivers leading performance for VMs, up to 3.8 million IOPs at sub-millisecond latencies. 

The Converged ContinuumConvergedContinuum.pngConverged Infrastructure Solutions Continuum

 The Gartner Data Center show is all about IT Infrastructure & Operations Management, and it delivers the best info on what I&O professionals need. It is a great canvas for HPE to paint its picture on what organizations need for a successful digital transformation, and how HPE makes hybrid IT simple.

On this year’s agenda were many sessions about Converged and Hyperconverged infrastructure.  My not-to-miss sessions would be “The Role of Integrated Systems in the Era of Agile Infrastructure” on Monday and “The Next Innovations in Hyperconvergence and How They Will Affect You” on Thursday, both delivered by George Weiss, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner.

At HPE, we’ve already been a player in, and student of, the Converged market.  One of our findings was that almost three-quarters of non-converged Storage owners will move to Converged when it comes time to refresh. Thus we’re focusing on a strategy to let IT teams refresh a traditional 3-tier infrastructure but still get simplicity, time-to-value and economic benefits of hyper-converged & cloud. 

We’re seeing that enterprises can save 10s of thousands of dollars in Administration along with licensing, space, energy and downtime through pre-validated or pre-integrated HPE Predictive Converged solutions that reduce the cost, complexity and risk of data center infrastructure projects.

HPE has the industry’s broadest line of Converged infrastructure products and solutions that let customers “converge to their cloud” whatever it may be. HPE Converged offerings provide a continuum of value, from highly flexible solutions that maximize individual component control, to highly integrated solutions that simplify infrastructure administration:

  • Integrated Solutions – Flexible, pre-tested, validated Infrastructure built on separate server, storage and network resource components, delivered by an authorized HPE channel partner
  • HPE Synergy – Composable infrastructure that’s a single chassis with swappable nodes for compute, direct-attached storage shelves, and network fabric
  • Converged Architecture with HPE Nimble Storage or HPE 3PAR StorServ – Validated solution that uses leading HPE Servers, HPE Nimble Storage or HPE 3PAR StorServ, along with a choice of leading network components
  • HPE ConvergedSystem – Complete single vendor HPE server/storage/management stack, factory built, with full-stack management, and one call support
  • Integrated Stack solutions – Based on the HPE ConvergedSystem design, extended to provide a validated enterprise application workload such as SAP HANA
  • HPE SimpliVity – Enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure uniting best-in-class data services with the world’s bestselling server

Converge on Your Cloud with HPE

Come visit us at booth 410 at the Gartner Data Center show today.  If you’re not in Vegas this week, visit us online to read-up on all our storage products and solutions. The newly updated webpages can be easily found at hpe.com/storage

Mike Harding | Microsoft Solutions Product Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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