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Now available: A certified Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solution with HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Server

Protect your data and your business with affordable high availability storage. New HPE Small Business Solution for Hyperconverged Infrastructure based on the HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Server is now certified with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI program.

Software-defined storage is a technology that protects your data from multiple types of hardware failures, giving you high-availability storage that keeps your business running smoothly. Until recently, software-defined storage has been fairly costly and complex, putting it out of reach for most small and midsized businesses (SMBs). But now, HPE Small Business Solutions for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) with Windows Server 2019 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) give you software-defined storage that’s affordable, scalable, and simple to deploy, manage, and support.

Small business IT solutions.jpgHere’s how it works. In a nutshell, S2D uses internal storage devices—such as SATA and SAS HDDs, SSDs, and NVMe disks—to create shared disk volumes. Because they’re distributed among two or more servers in a high-availability cluster, these volumes can withstand disk, network, and even server failures and continue to operate normally without downtime. In the event of a drive failure, S2D begins repairing drives automatically and immediately.1 When you use it with HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers, powered by Intel, the combination creates a highly available storage solution with a smaller hardware and power footprint at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays.

Even better, HPE has done all the heavy lifting for you. HPE Small Business Solutions for HCI are a one-stop shop for ready-to-go solutions including hardware, software, services, and top-selling HPE ProLiant options. They’re built on HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers that are tested, optimized, and validated for on-premises and hybrid cloud use cases with Windows Server 2019 and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services. They’re also designed to be low cost and make IT more accessible and easier to consume.

The HPE Small Business Solution for HCI that’s based on the HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Server has been tested, optimized, and validated to meet the rigorous validation requirements of the Microsoft Azure Stack HCI program to deliver reliable, solid performance and high availability for S2D. The HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 server gives you the right mix of compute and storage, making it the ideal platform for Azure Stack HCI. And because cybersecurity is still an important concern, built-in ProLiant Gen10 security features make it one of the world’s most secure industry-standard servers.2

Plus, HPE Small Business Solutions can be easily extended to Hybrid Cloud for cloud-based backup, site recovery, and more by adding optional Microsoft Azure Cloud Services.

HPE Small Business Solutions for HCI lower the cost of accessing easy-to-use software-defined storage solutions with enterprise-grade security and availability. But if you’re not sure high-availability software-defined storage is in the budget right now, HPE Financial Services provides flexible subscription options that let you consume these solution bundles with low, predictable monthly payments.3

To learn more, contact your authorized HPE or channel partner sales representative, or explore these additional resources:


Configuration guidelines: HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Hybrid SATA-SAS Azure Stack HCI Solution

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI catalog: Find Azure Stack HCI solutions from your preferred hardware vendor


1 Microsoft, “Deep Dive: The Storage Pool in Storage Spaces Direct,” April 2019.

2 Based on external security firm conducting cybersecurity penetration testing of HPE Gen10 servers and three leading server competitors, September 2019.

3 Financing and service offerings are available through Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively HPFSC) in certain countries and are subject to credit approval and execution of standard HPFSC documentation. Rates and terms are based on customer’s credit rating, offering types, services and/or equipment type and options. Not all customers may qualify. Not all services or offers are available in all countries. Other restrictions may apply. HPFSC reserves the right to change or cancel this program at any time without notice.

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I am a Solutions Marketing Manager for the Small and Midsized Segment at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I blog on topics of interest for Servers and Solutions.