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Delivering on the composable infrastructure vision


Composable infrastructure has been one of the hottest datacenter topics over the last year, generating buzz in the community and interest from customers. Last year at the Discover 2015 events, HPE announced its plan to deliver composability to its customers with Ric Lewis Senior Vice President and General Manager of Converged Data Center Infrastructure on stage outlining Project Synergy and the 3 design principles of bigstock-Company-Or-Corporate-Vision-Co-67712395.jpgComposable infrastructure. Later in December Ric announced the first instantiation of Composable Infrastructure with HPE Synergy - the world's first platform architected for composable infrastructure. Built from the ground up to bridge traditional and new IT with the agility, speed and continuous delivery needed for today’s applications, HPE Synergy consists of fluid pools of compute powered by Intel®, fabric and storage, a software-defined intelligence and a unified API.

Earlier this month at HPE Discover Vegas 2016, Ric Lewis was again on stage describing how HPE is now delivering on its composable infrastructure vision.  What started with Project Synergy (the first phase of our composable infrastructure vision) has now become reality with HPE Synergy. “A year ago, I stood up here and announced this bold vision of composable infrastructure, and we called this Project Synergy,” says Lewis. “Now, we’re here this year, and we are delivering on that vision.”

The simplicity of converged, hyperconverged and composable

Lewis also explains how HPE Synergy and composable infrastructure fits in with HPE Converged and Hyper Converged Systems. He details how simplicity is now one of the biggest driving forces behind customer’s needs in their datacenters. “Customers are demanding simplicity. They don’t want to put all the stacks together. They just want it to show up and be able to run,” Lewis says. “So the industry evolved to converged system solutions, where HPE takes the complexity out of your infrastructure.”

Now there’s a new category of infrastructure called hyperconverged that is growing rapidly. “Hyperconverged is all about greater simplicity. Aimed at small or remote businesses, HPE Hyper Converged appliances show up ready to run with a simple, easy to use interface built in,” says Lewis.

In addition to traditional infrastructure, converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, HPE has defined an emerging category called composable infrastructure. “What composable infrastructure does is take the simplicity and pre-tested capabilities of converged and hyperconverged systems and couple it with a dynamic, flexible capabilities that meet the needs of your changing workloads and applications.”

HPE’s newest solutions enable an intelligent, intuitive and dynamic infrastructure

Lewis next explains how HPE’s newest solutions, HPE OneView 3.0, HPE Hyper Converged 380 and HPE Synergy, are delivering on the three main goals that customers have for their infrastructure: intelligent, intuitive and dynamic.

The first of these is goals is to make infrastructure intelligent. HPE is delivering this with the newly updated HPE OneView 3.0. “This infrastructure automation engine allows customers to deploy infrastructure faster using3 goals.png templates; it simplifies operations by automating lifecycle tasks and serves as the composable infrastructure API,” says Lewis. Updates to HPE OneView include a new global dashboard, HPE CloudSystem 10 integration and in-service migration capabilities.

To deliver on the second goal of making infrastructure intuitive, Lewis asks, “What if your infrastructure was intuitive and as simple as an app on your mobile device?” It can be. HPE is delivering intuitive, simple infrastructure with the HPE Hyper Converged 380. This hyperconverged solution has been dubbed a “VM vending machine” and can deploy Virtual machines in just 5 clicks, update hardware and firmware in just 3 clicks, and provide instant, diagnostics and analytics to enable faster response to business needs. And all of this can be done from your mobile device. (Check out the full video to watch Paul Miller, VP of Marketing for HPE Converged Data Center Infrastructure, provision VMs from his seat in the audience on his smart phone!)

Finally, delivering on the vision of making infrastructure dynamic, Lewis explains how HPE Synergy is the flexible solution that allows customers to deploy new applications faster, run any SLA for any workload, and fuel applications at the speed of cloud.

HPE composable infrastructure customers share their stories

To illustrate how these innovative solutions are driving real results for real businesses, Lewis invited several HPE customers on stage to describe their experience with the latest HPE innovations.

Rich Lawson, Senior IT Architect at Dish, talked about his experience as an early adopter of HPE OneView and HPE Synergy.

“We tried the public cloud, and we thought, like a lot of customers do, that it was going to be a magical place where everything would be very easy,” Lawson explains. “But what we found was that our legacy applications and our databases prevented us from really taking advantage of the tools the public cloud had to offer.” As a result, Dish moved to an on-premises environment and began taking advantage of HPE BladeSystem with the end goal of moving to HPE Synergy. “We wanted to move to HPE Synergy because of composable infrastructure and what it has to offer. Being able to automate hardware deployments, that’s a huge task, and that’s what we’re ready for.”

Dish was one of the first 100 customers to receive HPE Synergy and Lewis asked Lawson to describe his experience with the new solution. “Our HPE Synergy experience has been really good,” says Lawson. “Software has always been dynamic and fluid. But now what HPE has been able to do with HPE Synergy is take that into the hardware layer. Now, we don’t have to worry about getting the right hardware for a given project or application. HPE Synergy allows us to put it anywhere that we need it. Its flexible, that’s the big thing!” declares Lawson.

Lewis also invited Greg Peterson, VP of HPE Solutions at Avnet, to discuss his experience as a partner helping to deliver HPE Hyper Converged 380 solutions to customers. “As a distributor, we get the opportunity to see the treads emerging in the industry,” Peterson explains. “We’ve seen the interest in hyperconverged skyrocket, and we asked customers why they were so interested in hyperconverged.”  As Peterson explains, what he heard was that mid-market end users see HPE Hyper Converged 380 as a great opportunity for remote office locations because they can deploy it with an IT generalist and it’s up and running minutes after being powered on, and they can monitor and manage the solution remotely. “It’s also about the reduction in costs,” says Peterson. “And one of the big things is that it’s not just about the technology, it’s about the fact that customers trust HPE, and the solution works as advertised.”

Finally, Lewis asked Jim Hudson, Co-Founder and Chairman of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, to describe their experience with HPE Synergy as one of the first customers to receive one, and also what they are using the groundbreaking technology to achieve. “HudsonAlpha is a biotechnology institute focused on improving the human condition through genomic research,” Hudson explained. “And we love HPE Synergy.” Hudson explains,  “It came in on a Monday morning…and by the time the HPE team got there on Tuesday to help set it up, it was already up and running.” When asked about the benefits that HPE Synergy is providing, Hudson says, “Immediately it provides an increase in speed.” Before HPE Synergy, it would take HudsonAlpha about 2 days to run the analysis of a human genome. “We’ve already deployed on HPE Synergy, and that same analysis takes about 45 minutes,” explains Hudson. (For more details on HudsonAlpha and their groundbreaking work, check out this short video.)

Lewis ends his keynote with a look at the future. “Our vision for where we go in the future is simple infrastructure built around composable architectures and integrated vertical stacks associated with that. We’re driving the industry, changing the conversation and delivering on a public cloud experience in your own private data center.”

Watch the full keynote video replay below. And for more details on HPE Synergy, HPE OneView 3.0 or HPE Hyper Converged 380, check out these resources:
Composable Infrastructure in the real world
Deploy new VMs at cloud speed with just 5 clicks with HPE Hyper Converged 380
Simplify Lifecycle operations with HPE OneView


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