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Full Metal Cloud: How Bigstep revolutionized IaaS with servers from HPE


Guest blog written by Vineeth Ram, VP HPC and Big Data Segment Marketing, HPE Servers 


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Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers positions HPE as a Leader in this market. The analyst firm defines modular servers as “a class of server where the compute capabilities are delivered in a modular style and housed in a common, often proprietary, chassis.” HPE is positioned highest for execution and furthest in vision (as we were last year, too – see the Susan Blocher post). According to Gartner, “leaders in the modular server market distinguish themselves by offering a service suitable for strategic adoption and by having an ambitious roadmap.”

One company that relies on HPE’s leadership in servers is Bigstep, a rapidly growing provider of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions for enterprises with demanding big data requirements.

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 Accelerating Big Data performance

Bigstep’s clients include retailers using behavioral analytics to optimize merchandising strategies, security companies that detect potential threats by analyzing communication patterns, and digital marketers tracking complex statistics to ensure successful campaigns. While many companies like these have turned to public clouds for their agility and economics, performance is often less than optimal. Bigstep solves this dilemma with a revolutionary cloud offering leveraging HPE Apollo Systems. (Get the full Bigstep story of how they did it.)

Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud delivers the flexibility and efficiency of traditional virtualized clouds along with breakthrough performance and hardware isolation of a bare-metal infrastructure, allowing any organization to create a private bare-metal cloud for big data workloads. It may seem like a simple difference, but by eliminating the virtualization layer in its Full Metal Cloud, Bigstep is revolutionizing big data analytics. In fact, Hadoop distributions, NoSQL databases, and analytics engines can achieve up to 500% better performance running on the Full Metal Cloud compared to virtualized public clouds.

The Bigstep Full Metal Cloud relies on the HPE Apollo 4200 Gen9 Servers which provide high-density storage in a small form factor, purpose-built to handle the volume, velocity and variety of data in today’s enterprise. The HPE Apollo 4200 is a part of HPE’s Apollo Server family, delivering high-density cost-efficient solutions for big data and high-performance computing at any scale. By leveraging HPE modular server technology, Bigstep has been able to provide its customers gains of up to 80% based on price and performance.  

 Delivering better value

For a relatively new player, Bigstep is making a big splash in a fiercely competitive market. As Bigstep continues to build on its successes, Ioana Hreninciuc, Commercial Director, sees a clear path for the company’s future: “Our vision is that service and customer experience is all that matters. Infrastructure should not matter. But to achieve that, you actually have to have a high-performance, reliable infrastructure. And that’s why we’re working with HPE—because it enables us to provide better performance for our clients at a lower cost, which directly translates into better value.”

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Of course, you don’t need to be a cloud provider to benefit from HPE’s leadership in modular servers. HPE has the right compute solutions for all your big data and high-performance workloads. Visit our HPE Apollo Systems page to learn more.


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