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Composable Infrastructure – rising above the rhetoric



Paul Miller.jpgBy Paul Miller, VP Marketing, HPE Converged Data Center Infrastructure

We knew we created something extraordinary with HPE Synergy, announced this week at Discover 2015. Judging by our competitors’ reactions, we may have them befuddled.  I wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight with the facts.

One competitor wrote, “Composable infrastructure isn’t a practical solution – yet.”  Making Composable Infrastructure practical for our customers is the driving force behind our Project Synergy.  In June 2015, we announced the first phase with the release of a Unified API, native in HPE OneView, and the HPE Composable Infrastructure Partner Ecosystem Program.  Along the way we announced the Chef Provisioning Driver for HPE OneView and Docker Machine plugin for HPE Composable Infrastructure.  And now in December 2015 at HPE Discover London, we announced the first platform architected from the ground up for Loudspeaker lightbulbs.small.jpgcomposability, HPE Synergy.

It’s important for customers to be clear on what composable infrastructure really is and what it isn’t – because not just any piece of infrastructure is composable. That’s why we created the Composable Infrastructure Bill of Rights to help you evaluate how well vendors actually deliver on their promises of composability.

Another competitor wrote, “Even if you pool the infrastructure resources and allocate them dynamically to support each application, there is still a requirement to have different systems architected to support different requirements. [One] composable infrastructure product designed for compute intensive workloads…another composable infrastructure is architected for storage intensive applications.”

HPE Synergy is flexible enough for both compute and storage intensive applications in a single form factor that can be composed, decomposed and re-composed based on the needs of the application. The whole point of Composable Infrastructure is that it gives you the ability to provide the application the exact optimized footprint it needs without a specialized form factor.

We believe that HPE Synergy is the first platform architected from the ground up for composability and the first solution to meet the requirements of the “HPE Composable Infrastructure Bill of Rights”.

We agree with Moor Insights & Strategy Principal Analyst Patrick Moorhead when he stated that HPE has the “most comprehensive composable solution.[i]

And while other competitors may have product roadmap rationalizations still left to figure out, HPE has a very clear and consistent vision of the future with HPE Synergy.

CRN reported on December 1 that one IT executive remarked:
“HPE is delivering a crystal-clear message and vision as to what their go-forward strategy is and what their platform is going to look like at the same time customers are asking what products are going to be there if Dell and EMC do eventually merge. How is Dell-EMC going to rationalize the product set with account teams? We have never felt better about the way Hewlett Packard Enterprise is positioned in the market."

We are really proud of HPE Synergy and what it can do for customers.

You can learn how HPE Synergy accelerates application delivery here.


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[i] Interview on theCube with Moor Insights & Strategy Principal Analyst Patrick Moorhead on HPE’s composable infrastructure.

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