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SGI Acquisition Positions HPE to Advance Mission Critical Solutions


Today’s enterprises are under immense pressure to perform better, innovate faster, and develop new products and services that drastically increase customer success. With this paradigm shift, called the “idea economy,” enterprises of every size and scope must learn to innovate on a larger scale, converting ideas into value faster than their competition. At Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), we are embracing this rapidly changing marketplace to realize a whole new generation of innovation.

HPE believes that thriving in the idea economy requires a new model for IT. Powerful analytics, high-performance computing (HPC) technologies, and mission-critical solutions are the key tools empowering the most successful, data-driven enterprises. We are perpetually working to provide cutting-edge technologies expressly designed to satisfy our customers’ evolving needs.

With our acquisition of SGI, HPE has the opportunity to further help customers harness huge amounts of data and innovate at any scale. SGI’s products and services are designed to address the most challenging and data-intensive computing and data management problems. This transaction, valued at approximately $275 million, not only brings a powerful HPC and Big Data innovator into the HPE ecosystem, but also strengthens HPE’s position in the mission-critical segment of the server market.  

Mission-critical workloads can make or break an enterprise’s revenue and reputation. Business processing—such as ordering, payment, and supply chain systems—must interface with customers and staff on a daily basis while handling massive volumes of data. Enterprises that can’t reliably manage data-heavy workloads risk losing millions of dollars to competitors. According to IDC, the cost of downtime for a large business is nearly $1.7 million per hour, hence the increasing demand for highly available computing systems to run business processing applications and analytics workloads.


Source: IHS Infonetics, The Cost of Server, Application, and Network Downtime, 2016

 So, what’s next for mission-critical computing?

Industry trends are putting immense pressure on IT to be a value creator. Now more than ever, IT must help organizations drive new revenue opportunities, speed customer response times, and anticipate issues before they arise. Rising requirements for mission critical workloads are challenging HPE to pursue a new breed of mission critical solutions at the digital core. Leading-edge solutions—such as in-memory technology, converged business processing and analytics, and private cloud capabilities—will focus on helping enterprises monetize data, innovate in real-time, and ensure that applications needed for daily business are always available.

To cope with these escalating demands, HPE is delivering a powerful portfolio of high available, scalable, and secure mission-critical solutions, including our flagship Superdome X server for modernizing business processing and accelerated analytics, the ConvergedSystems 900 and 500 for SAP HANA, and MC990 X for price/performance leadership in an 8-socket Linux platform. MC990 X is the HPE OEM version of the SGI UV 300, and as part of the SGI acquisition HPE intends to further leverage SGI UV technology in to our next-generation mission-critical x86 systems, along with our world-class services and support, as we extend our mission-critical technology leadership.

When it comes to success, time is the new currency. At HPE, we are committed to delivering mission-critical solutions that have become essential to the growth and success of all organizations operating in the idea economy. By joining forces with SGI, we can offer our customers even more advanced solutions which will help them capitalize on real-time availability and scalability to transform their businesses, improve profitability, and accelerate innovation.

About the Author


Randy Meyer is VP and GM for HPE Mission Critical Solutions. MCS is responsible for the product portfolio of Integrity servers, NonStop systems, Superdome X, MC990 and the HPUX platforms. Also, Converged Systems and Reference Architectures for SAP HANA, Oracle and SQL Server.