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Making hybrid IT simple: Customer success and latest innovations revealed at HPE Discover 2017


 During his spotlight session at HPE Discover 2017 in HPEDiscover_keynote1.jpgLas Vegas, Ric Lewis, Senior Vice President and GM of HPE’s Software-Defined and Cloud Group, confirmed HPE’s commitment to making hybrid IT simple. He kicked off with an analysis of the state of the industry, focusing on the ubiquity of digitization. “Digital transformation is all around us,” he said. “It’s about turning knowledge, data, and innovation into business value. But what is really happening is customers are demanding more of the digital experience from every single business.” In fact, according to IDC, by 2018, 80 percent of organizations will implement changes as a result of digital disruption.

According to Lewis, to fuel digital transformation, the number of applications has exploded. But the reality is that less than 40 percent of organizations across all industries are actually digitized. This stat tells us that while demand is huge, IT teams aren’t prepared to embrace digital transformation. Lewis admits there is no simple answer to this. As the demand for digitization has increased, many organizations have turned to the public cloud. Yet along the way, they realized that the cloud does not solve all of their challenges. Lewis believes the future of IT will be hybrid, and again, reiterates HPE’s mission is to simplify it. 

That said, the way hybrid IT exists today poses challenges for some organizations. IT operations are slow, require heavy integration and are managed as silos. Additionally, private clouds lack developer environments and serial service delivery. All of this can lead to vendor lock-in and fragmented controls. With that in mind, HPE has defined strategic programs to make hybrid IT as simple as possible for customers.

HPE SimpliVity and HPE Synergy offer best of both worlds solutions
HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged solutions powered by Intel® are the byproduct of a February acquisition of hyperconverged infrastructure provider SimpliVity. Lewis raved about the acquisition noting that the product “fits like a glove” within HPE’s software-defined and converged offerings. HPE SimpliVity simplifies virtual environments by consolidating many different machines into two nodes. Lewis stressed that HPE is the only company that integrates everything in this way. And it does it well, always providing inline compression, deduplication, and high performance—while at the same time ensuring built-in resiliency, backup, and discovery. The best part is that HPE SimpliVity is a hybrid, efficient platform that through the HPE SimpliVity HyperGaurantee guarantees that it will be hyper efficient, hyper simple, hyper protected, and hyper available.  HPESVTHyperguarantee1.jpg

 For those organizations where hyperconvergence might not be a fit, HPE Synergy, the industry’s first composable infrastructure, may be the answer.  HPE Synergy, which was first introduced to the market in 2015, provides customers with fluid pools of resources that can be combined for each application’s needs, letting users compose workloads at cloud-like speed. 

Customers Reveal Success Stories Using HPE SimpliVity and HPE Synergy
In Lewis’ HPE Discover Spotlight session, the customer panel kicked off with Matt Cadieux, CIO of Red Bull Racing (RBR). The world-renowned Formula One racing team recently conducted an enormous tech refresh to stay aligned with the organization’s corporate culture of moving fast and staying innovative on and off the race track. According to Cadieux, the organization benchmarked several different suppliers and approaches and ultimately selected HPE SimpliVity. During the panel, Cadieux discussed the three main reasons for the decision: 1) the applications are faster, with RBR seeing 2.5x improvements on app performance; 2) the IT team is more agile and can satisfy requests from the business much faster; and 3) it is more cost-effective. “Our users are happy; the IT team is happy; the finance team is happy,” said Cadieux. As for the future, Cadieux looks forward to introducing hyperconverged into new places (including the race team and wind tunnel) and scaling out its VDI infrastructure.

The second customer at the session, Stephen HPEDiscover_customer_session3.jpgLavin, CTO of Redbox, explained that their business uses HPE Synergy to drive optimization, costs, and performance. More than two years ago, Lavin’s team embarked on a digital transformation that included every part of the IT organization. To start, the company dropped its data center space by two-thirds, realizing 55 percent reduction in 2017 operating rates vs. 2014. While Redbox accomplished quite a bit over the course of those two years, it recently turned to HPE Synergy to reach its full potential. Since implementation, Redbox has been able to quadruple its throughput to the modules, while the software and the wrappings of the API have aligned well with the team’s competencies. “We’ve been able to leverage this right away,” said Levin. “We feel strongly that we’ve got ourselves in the right place with Synergy, and we’ll be able to continue to build on it and move from a fixed model to a more flexible one.”

Frank Olszewski, CTO of industrial wholesale distributor HD Supply, discovered 18 months ago that he and his team had to move one of its production data centers. After the initial panic and dismay wore off, Olszewski knew the change was an opportunity to enhance the IT business and build something truly amazing. He and his team chose HPE Synergy, which Olszewski is confident will continue to evolve with the company and allow him and his team to provide its customers with whatever they want.

The customer panel concluded with exciting words from Kate Swanborg, SVP of technology communications and strategic alliances at DreamWorks Animation. First, Swanborg explained why technology matters so much in the animation business. A feature animated film on average is 90 minutes with each element carefully crafted inside a computer. One film (which can take up to four years to produce) often contains 500 million digital files. Multiply that number by the multiple films that are in production simultaneously, and you’re looking at billions of digital files. According to Swanborg, the challenge is that creativity of artists and producers is not linear, and she and her team can’t predict when the artists are going to be creative and need to implement certain technologies.

HPE Synergy is finally proving the promise of making Hybrid IT simple. Though DreamWorks has operated in a hybrid IT environment for many years, until choosing HPE Synergy, the artists were under a lot of pressure to predict when they were going to be creative so the IT team could provision for them. With HPE Synergy, that challenge is gone. “It is actually going to put us in a position where the creativity and storytelling of the authors can be immediate because we can provision and expand and scale on notice,” said Swanborg.

HPE Introduces HPE Project New Hybrid IT Stack
Finally, Lewis concluded the session with an exciting announcement and demo of HPE’s latest converged offering – HPE Project New Hybrid IT Stack. Designed to simplify hybrid IT management, HPE’s vision is to deliver a comprehensive hybrid IT software platform that allows customers to seamlessly compose, operate, and optimize workloads across on-premises, private, hosted, and public clouds — delivering build anywhere, deploy everywhere simplicity.

Watch the full replay of Lewis’ HPE Discover spotlight session from HPE Discover 2017 below:

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