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HPE’s Neil MacDonald Talks with theCUBE about HPE Synergy


By blogger, Alison Golan

John Furrier and Dave Vellante from SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE sat down with Neil MacDonald, VP of HPE BladeSystem & Synergy, Converged Data Center infrastructure at Discover London for a lively discussion about the big HPE Synergy announcement. MacDonald talked about how HPE Synergy helps solve today’s data center challenges and where it fits in with HPE’s Composable Infrastructure strategy and portfolio of current and future products.

MacDonald began by highlighting the excitement the announcement generated from both customers and partners. HPE Synergy is the industry’s first infrastructure built from the ground up for composability, consisting of fluid resource pools of compute, storage and flexible fabric—all defined by intelligent software and controlled by a unified API.

He went on to explain the challenge that a typical customer is facing—balancing the needs of a traditional IT infrastructure that implements business processes with the new IT applications that will generate revenue and improve margins. “There’s huge pressure on IT from the lines of business to be able to deliver infrastructure and services much more rapidly,” explains MacDonald.

He also detailed how difficult it is for many customers to deal with two computing needs. IT managers want to ensure that they have the resources to be able to deal with two infrastructures. “The cool thing about HPE Synergy is the ability to get one infrastructure that can meet a whole range of needs,” says MacDonald.

According to MacDonald, much more effort is going into application development using DevOps and more modern application development philosophies. “The challenge is how can you do that without proliferating complexity across your infrastructure and how can you enable your developers to be very productive?” MacDonald explained that instead of working through a long procurement and deployment process, organizations need to be more agile. But for the enterprise, a public cloud means more issues, such as data governance, security, compliance and cost management. “HPE Synergy allows IT to be able to provide deployment at cloud-like speed, which enables developers to be more productive, and the business can deploy apps much more rapidly,” explains MacDonald.

When asked about the history of HPE Synergy and how it fits into HPE’s composable strategy moving forward, MacDonald replied, “The great thing about my job is working with so many bright engineers that have been working for years on technologies like this.” He explained that HPE’s Composable Infrastructure strategy comes from the recognition that when you want to deploy an app or a service, you need to be more efficient in providing compute, connectivity and storage.

"Rather than having discrete chunks of infrastructure, all of which are individually over-provisioned, which creates a bunch of waste in procurement expense for customers when buying and administering that stuff, we really wanted to get to a model with a fluid pool of resources,” MacDonald continued. He went on to say that customers can consume these resources based on the needs of their apps and services and compose them dynamically, as the resources are needed.

To watch the full interview, check out the video below:

More information on HPE Synergy and HPE Composable Infrastructure, check out these resources:
Taking a closer look at HPE Synergy: Ric Lewis on theCube at HPE Discover London
The Design Principals of HPE Synergy
Industry analysts weigh in on the newly announced HPE Synergy
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces New Class of System to Power Next Era in Hybrid Infrastructure



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