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HPE named a Leader (again) in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers

Rebecca Taylor

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HPE has again been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers. 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 you can see in the chart above. Gartner notes that “leaders in the modular server market distinguish themselves by offering a service suitable for strategic adoption and by having an ambitious roadmap.”

HPE has pulled even further ahead of Dell, our closest competitor last year (see this post about the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers). That’s a trend I expect to accelerate over the next couple of years, as Dell struggles to integrate its upcoming EMC acquisition. As eWEEK editor Chris Preimesberger wrote in a recent article What’s Really Happening Inside the Dell-EMC Merger, “there are too many overlapping product lines, too many similar jobs, too many salespeople competing with each other and too many redundant solution partners.” Sorting it all out is going to take a while, and in the meantime innovation will have to take a backseat.

Ice Age in the Digital Age

Fox Media Cloud HPE Right Mix example.jpgOne company that relies on HPE’s leadership in modular servers and enterprise cloud is 20th Century Fox. The media and entertainment giant recently turned to HPE for a cloud solution to help improve delivery of its digital media assets. Fans of Fox’s Ice Age movie series will recognize Scrat, the acorn-obsessed sabre-toothed squirrel, in the pic at left, where he represents a mix of private cloud and public cloud. Thanks to the right balance of infrastructure and cloud resources embodied in Fox’s new Media Cloud solution, the studio can distribute its products to broadcasters worldwide with all the speediness and agility of Scrat himself.

Before Fox implemented the solution, the distribution process for television content (to take one example) required manual effort to check inventory and then shipping tapes to the customer, with all the delays, costs and risks that physical delivery can involve. Today, the Fox Media Cloud automates the entire content order-to-delivery process, enabling the studio to send broadcast-quality digital files directly to the customer for immediate broadcasting. This has reduced time to deliver content - from weeks to minutes - and has increased customer satisfaction and market share.

The Fox Media Cloud—built on the HPE Helion hybrid cloud portfolio and HPE BladeSystem c7000, together with Open Text Media Manager and a streaming platform from Akamai—has helped 20th Century Fox to achieve millions of dollars in annualized cost savings while increasing customer satisfaction, and boosting market share.

 Avatar sequels coming! And an “incredibly exciting project”

By the way, Fox fans, did you know that the studio is planning not one, not two, but three sequels to its 2009 mega-hit Avatar? HPE will be helping Fox and its partner Lightstorm Entertainment to create a next-generation digital experience to the support the series. Henry Gomez, HPE’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, describes it as “an incredibly exciting project that will elevate the delivery of global digital entertainment to a whole new level.”

Of course, you don’t have to be a media and entertainment powerhouse to benefit from HPE’s leadership in modular servers. HPE has the right compute workhorses for all your workloads. Visit our HPE BladeSystem page to learn more. For help with selecting the right HPE BladeSystem solution, check out our product family guide.

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Becca Taylor
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