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HPE delivers on the composable vision, the magic behind composable and cloud made easy


At Discover 2016, news correspondent Phil Lavelle interviewed Ric Lewis, HPE Senior Vice President and General Manager of Converged Data Center Infrastructure. During the interview, Lewis discussed some of the hot topics of the show: how HPE is delivering on its composable infrastructure vision, the announcement of HPE OneView 3.0 and the overwhelming customer interest in HPE Hyper Converged 380.

“Last year at Discover, we announced our bold vision to deliver composable infrastructure…a dynamic infrastructure that can flex to the needs of the workload. It delivers traditional IT, while at the same time provides the IT environment needed for the new Idea Economy--where applications are at the forefront,” explained Lewis. “The big news this year is that we’re delivering on that vision.”

Lewis mentioned that three customers were at the event sharing their success using HPE Synergy powered by Intel®. HPE is currently rolling out Synergy to 100 pre-release customers.

Lewis also discussed the new features in HPE OneView 3.0, what HPE calls the infrastructure automation engine: 

  • Global Dashboard that simplifies IT operations for large scale, globally distributed or remote sites. This dashboard gives users an “at-a-glance” view of their entire infrastructure--no matter where it is located.
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  • Integration with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10, which provisions individual physical servers or entire virtualization clusters directly from the CloudSystem console. This lets you deploy infrastructure directly; you don’t need multiple people to provision physical infrastructure before cloud services can be deployed.
  • HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC) integration, which is network management software that allows you to automatically provision downlinks with heterogeneous data center network edge and core switches--giving you end-to-end visibility and control.

According to Lewis, customers are excited about HPE OneView because it automates legacy systems, and it powers composable infrastructure. “HPE OneView is the magic behind the scenes doing all the composing of fluid resource pools combined with software-defined intelligence and a common API,” Lewis explained.

Lavelle then asked about the VM vending machine, the HPE Hyper Converged 380--what is it and how does it relate to composable? Lewis said that HPE announced the HPE Hyper Converged 380 in March and has already started shipping it out to customers. According to Lewis, customers are very interested in this “VM vending machine” because it makes cloud easy at their sites.

“The HPE Hyper Converged 380 is all about simple deployment and operations of VM machines,” continued Lewis. “It shows up at your site and within 5 clicks you can be deploying VMs. You don’t need specialized IT staff -- you just need a generalist, someone who works at a small to mid-sized business or at a remote site. You can also add capacity by simply adding another node, and you can do that within 15 minutes.”

Lewis went on to explain its relationship to composable infrastructure. “None of our competitors in the hyperconverged market have a composable vision or composable hardware. We do.” Lewis concluded by saying that over time, the HPE Hyper Converged 380 will evolve to include true composable capabilities. “We’re still working on the enhancements to HPE OneView to allow for composability in the HPE Hyper Converged 380 chassis; we’ve already got it in our HPE Synergy chassis.”

For more details on the newly announced HPE OneView 3.0, HPE Synergy and the HPE Hyper Converged 380, click here. And stay tuned for more videos from Discover 2016 Las Vegas.


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