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Making hybrid IT simple: newest innovations, customer success highlighted at HPE Discover London



At HPE Discover London, Ric Lewis opened real 1.JPGhis keynote by discussing how every aspect of our lives is touched by digital transformation. From the cars we drive, to the way we interact with friends and colleagues, “Signs of digital transformation are everywhere. And that transformation is changing business models because business have to adapt to keep up,” explained Lewis.

According to Lewis, companies today have to leverage the power of IT in order to succeed in the new era of digital transformation. To help customers succeed, HPE’s main objective is to make hybrid IT simple.

HPE focuses on 3 main areas to make hybrid IT simple

Lewis detailed how the HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group is making hybrid IT simple by focusing on three areas: software-defined infrastructure, a multi-cloud portfolio and a broad ecosystem of partnerships. He briefly highlighted each one of these areas.

Software-defined infrastructure solutions include HPE OneView, HPE Hyper Converged solutions, and HPE Synergy.

HPE OneView is the infrastructure automation engine that simplifies operations to increase the speed of IT delivery for new applications and services. Through software-defined intelligence, HPE OneView brings a new level of automation to infrastructure management.  

HPE Hyper Converged 380 is an all-in-one compute, software-defined storage and intelligent virtualization solution. Built on the world’s best-selling server, the HPE Hyper Converged 380 lets customers deploy VMs at cloud speeds, simplify their IT operations and reduce costs.

HPE Synergy, the industry’s first platform created from the ground up for composable infrastructure, is built around fluid resource pools of compute, storage and flexible fabric. Controlled by a unified API and defined by intelligent software, HPE Synergy empowers IT to deliver value instantly for the new breed of applications and services. 

According to Lewis, the HPE multi-cloud portfolio is also making hybrid IT simple. The multi-cloud portfolio includes HPE Helion CloudSystem10 with the HPE Helion OpenStack software. This combination lets customers stand up private cloud solutions with extensions to the public cloud.

And lastly, HPE has an ever-expanding broad Partner Ecosystem that allows HPE and their partners to build solutions that help customers reduce the time spent managing their data center or cloud environment. Working with a variety of partners, HPE is making hybrid cloud easier, which means that customers can spend less time maintaining infrastructure and more time innovating.

HPE customers highlight HPE Synergy and HPE Hyper Converged solutions

To highlight how these key technologies are being put to use in real datacenters, during his spotlight session, Lewis invited three HPE customers on stage to share their success stories.

The first customer, Peyton McNully, CIO of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, detailed how HudsonAlpha has put HPE solutions to work for their researchers ancustomers.JPGd doctors. According to McNully, HPE solutions give HudsonAlpha’s scientists faster access to the compute, networking, and storage resources they need to accelerate their research. McNully explained that the HPE Hyper Converged 380 quickly provides VM vending and the DevTest environment they require.

And, as McNully went on to explain, since deploying HPE Synergy, HudsonAlpha can use HPE OneView to provision public cloud, private cloud and bare metal which delivers on HPE’s goal of making IT simple.

Next up, Mick Pegg, CEE at Boeing, detailed how HPE Synergy has helped Boeing solve specific business challenges by providing rock-solid infrastructure. Per Pegg, one of the things that they really like about HPE Synergy is the way it is designed from the ground up to support both the stable, traditional IT and the more agile, DevOps model. Boeing is currently testing HPE Synergy in their data centers, and their top priority is their private cloud -- Boeing is looking to HPE Synergy to be the basis of their private cloud environment.

Finally, Scott Gigallon, Director of Cloud Solutions at ePlus Inc rounded out the customer presentation part of Lewis’ spotlight session by providing a unique perspective as an HPE channel partner and a customer.

Gilgallon emphasized that speed is critical, as businesses are demanding faster time-to-market. Customers want to be able to supply services with the ease of public cloud, but with the cost-savings and compliance they get in their own data centers. Gilgallon explained that with HPE Synergy, ePlus is able to achieve it all – a private cloud that can act faster and contain all of the needed components working together seamlessly.

For more on how HPE customers are using HPE Synergy and hyperconverged solutions in their datacenters, read: HPE customers’ fearless innovation highlighted at spotlight Discover session

Newest Innovations

Another way HPE is making hybrid IT simple is through the newest innovations and announcements. As Lewis explains, “The first new innovation is around our hyperconverged software. We’re extending some of our composable management technologies into the hyperconverged family so you can become an internal service provider to your internal customers.”

HPE Hyper Converged with Composable attributes: enables IT to operate with cloud efficiency

The new HPE Hyper Converged software update introduces new composable management capabilities to the HPE Hyper Converged 380 powered by Intel®, the all-in-one, software-defined virtualization solution. Specifically, the update introduces new multi-tenant workspaces that let IT operators easily see and allocate pools of resources to different users as needed. An IT operator can also assign roles to users based on specific job-related tasks. And a new, self-service portal lets developers or groups instantly gain access to resources they need -- dynamically composing and recomposing VMs in just a few clicks.

HPE Synergy with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10: The industry's first private cloud built on composable infrastructure

Lewis went on to explain, “The other innovation we announced is an extension to our HPE Helion CloudSystem product, to put it on top of HPE Synergy. That’s really cool because it is the industry’s first private cloud solution running on composable infrastructure.”

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The expansion of HPE Synergy with CloudSystem 10 delivers full composability to HPE OpenStack® technology -based hybrid cloud platform. The integration of HPE Synergy with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10 means that IT operators now have the ability to run bare metal, virtualized, containerized and cloud-native applications on a single infrastructure--and dynamically compose and recompose resources in minutes. These new capabilities also make it easier for enterprises to migrate from traditional to hybrid IT and deliver unmatched agility and efficiency to datacenters.

 “Essentially, this expansion provides you with a multi-cloud platform, supporting IaaS and PaaS in your environment. And it bridges to hybrid, so within our CloudSystem software it provides a bridge to service provision both Azure and AWS. All of which is at the heart of making hybrid IT simple” says Lewis.

For more details on the new announcements made at HPE Discover, read: Just announced: composability extended to HPE CloudSystem 10 and HPE Hyper Converged solutions

Vision for the future

To end the spotlight session, Lewis discussed HPE’s vision for the future. He explained that over the years, HPE has been on the journey to hybrid IT, moving from siloed, traditional infrastructure to converged infrastructure, to simplified infrastructure like hyperconverged and fluid, agile solutions like composable infrastructure.

“We need to go to the ‘Next Gen Hybrid IT’ that delivers a simplified operations experience, simplified development experience, and a multi IaaS, CaaS, PaaS, any-application, any-cloud experience,” said Lewis. These are lofty objectives, Lewis pointed out, “But as you can see with our newest announcements and the solutions we already have available, we are already headed in this direction.”

Lewis goes on to describe a 3 layer process to deliver simple hybrid IT. At the bottom layer, the foundation, is composable infrastructure. “Composable infrastructure makes the best building blocks because by its nature it’s built for hybrid IT,” he explained. On top of that you need IT workflow automation and orchestration. “We are taking a big step in this direction with the new announcements around HPE CloudSystem 10.” Finally, at the top is multi-cloud and an open development platform.

“Next generation hybrid IT is where we are headed,” says Lewis. “Making hybrid IT simple.”

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