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Say hello to simplicity with HCI 2.0 for SMBs

Meet HCI 2.0: Designed for small businesses to deliver increased business agility, simpler IT, lower costs, and proper control.

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What would your business sacrifice for simplicity? “At this point, quite a lot.”

We hear you. 2020 threw enough curveballs. It’s hard to blame any business tempted to cut a few corners for the sake of simplicity. Unless, of course, you’re talking about your IT infrastructure. Then we want to check what kind of “simple” you mean. The old kind of simple delivered no-brainer easy of use—with stubborn headaches. The new kind of simple gives you:

  • Ultimate flexibility and economics
  • Improved reliability
  • Faster performance
  • Time savings
  • Better user experiences
  • Faster time to market

What are we talking about? The evolution of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).  It’s simple, really.

Anything for a simpler experience. That was the thinking behind HCI 1.0.

The first generation of hyperconverged infrastructure combined server hardware and locally attached storage with intelligent software. You got (supposedly) hassle-free, flexible building blocks (think plug-and-play) instead of all those inefficient legacy servers, networks and storage arrays.

Want more compute and storage? Just add another node.

Great. Except what if you only need more storage or more compute right now, not both? Nope, sorry, with the old HCI you had to provision and pay for both. And what about those nagging performance and reliability concerns? Never mind…

You were paying for a compromise, basically. And that was fine. Operational simplicity. General purpose. Plug it in and forget about it. That first generation of HCI was “good enough.” But HCI’s simplicity and agility came at the expense of reliability, performance, and economics at scale—and these limitations made clear that business-critical workloads were not the right fit for HCI.

What are you prepared to sacrifice for simplicity?

Of course, nothing is ever that simple. 2020 proved that in spectacular fashion. Some might say that lower performance and unconvincing uptime were always a recipe for disaster. Or at the very least, dissatisfied customers. And all those wasted resources were bound to raise eyebrows at some point. Times have changed. We’ve all had a wakeup call. 

Now HCI 1.0 is only good for businesses with unlimited budgets and limited imagination for risk, or, for that matter, opportunity.

Introducing the next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure

Fortunately, innovation has risen to the occasion. Say hello to HCI 2.0.

HCI 2.0 delivers all the benefits promised by HCI 1.0, and more. The crucial difference? With HCI 2.0, storage and compute are disaggregated. That means you can add as much—or as little—storage or compute as you need. Along with all that super-efficient, flexible scale without waste, you also get enterprise-level speed and absolute resilience. HCI 2.0 delivers consistent sub-millisecond latency performance and 99.9999% data availability[1].

That means your business can support business-critical apps and respond faster to changing conditions, without ever spending on storage or compute you don’t need. That new data hungry project you’re working on? Just add more storage. The compute-heavy app that’s going to help you seize market opportunity? Just add more compute.

With HCI 2.0, you can also accelerate time to market—while putting the brakes on waste. And, because it’s underpinned by HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, you can go from rack to apps in just 15 minutes.[2]

To make it even easier, all that ultra-flexible IT manages itself, with HPE InfoSight—our AI-powered autonomous monitoring and management platform. And, of course, HPE’s market-leading support.

Do any of these challenges sound familiar?

Before you do anything else, take a look below and see if any of these resonate right now:

“I need to move a lot faster and put IT ahead of business initiatives for once.”

“If I could get help and expertise with the routine stuff, our people could do so much more.”

“I need to align our costs to business benefits, and I’m constrained by our capital budget.”

“I’m worried about our ability to control performance, security, compliance, and our data.”

If it’s a YES to any or all of the above, then HCI 2.0 is designed for you. Increased business agility. Simpler IT. Lower costs. Proper control.

Want to learn more about how HPE HCI 2.0 can really make doing business simpler?

Watch the video: Introducing HCI 2.0

Read the white paper: See what IDC has to say about expanding the HCI experience to more workloads

Check out the eBook: HCI 2.0 from HPE—How it can help your business thrive



Robert Checketts
Hewlett Packard Enterprise IT Solutions for SMB

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Robert has over 25+ years of IT Marketing and Product Management leadership experience spanning country, Regional and WW organizations. Robert is a marketing executive with extensive experience in field marketing, channel marketing and product marketing on a global basis and is driven to deliver SMB’s end-to-end affordable infrastructure that’s secure from the start, optimized for every workload, packaged for many consumption models, ready to scale, and easy to manage.