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Ric Lewis discusses HPE game changers in interview with theCube


Last week at HPE Discover Las Vegas, HPE showed off their latest and greatest innovations. These include HPE Synergy, the HPE Hyper Converged 380 and the recently announced HPE OneView 3.0.

During the event, Senior Vice President and GM of HPE Converged Data Center Infrastructure (HPE CDI), Ric Lewis, met with the guys from theCube to discuss the announcements made at the show and what HPE customers can expect going forward from HPE CDI.

Lewis begins by explaining where HPE CDI has come in the last year. “Last year at Discover Vegas we announced this big, bold, new vision that we called Composable Infrastructure,” says Lewis. “Then at Discover in London, we launched HPE Synergy powered by Intel®, the first instantiation of composable infrastructure. Now, here at Discover Vegas 2016, we are hearing from 3 customers who have implemented HPE Synergy, and we have over 100 units headed out to customers in the next few weeks.”

As Lewis explains, customers love the vision of composable infrastructure. It means they can operate their traditional IT environments but also the new style of IT or the Idea Economy, DevOps, or cloud native apps all on the same infrastructure.

“It’s cloud made easy, or infrastructure as code,” says Lewis. “Customers don’t have to deal with all of the infrastructure stuff like firmware updates and how to deploy infrastructure against the applications.”

Composable infrastructure flexes automatically to workloads as needed. It is built around fluid pools of resources (storage, compute and fabric), a software-defined intelligence (HPE OneView) and a unified API. “And with a single line of code, you can deploy infrastructure -- not just servers, not just storage, not just compute -- but infrastructure to a given workload,” explains Lewis.

Lewis also discussed the other solutions on display at the event. “We are also here at the show talking about our new hyperconverged solution, the HPE HC380 powered by Intel® , which allows you to deploy VMs in 5 simple clicks, or as we call it ‘a VM vending machine.’ It’s built on the number one server platform in the industry, the HPE DL380. And it is extremely easy to use.”  Also announced at the event was HPE OneView 3.0, which includes new features like global dashboard capabilities, an integration with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10, provisioning for HPE ProLiant DL platforms and a growing HPE OneView partner ecosystem.

As Lewis describes, CIOs today want to be relevant to their organization. The pressure they face is to find a way to generate revenue and profits for their business, and they are looking to HPE to enable them to develop apps faster to keep up with and stay ahead of competition.

“There has been a revolution where we all have devices that are simple to use, like our mobile phones and laptops. And I think the same revolution is happening in the enterprise. Companies don’t want to have a huge IT staff. They just want the infrastructure to show up, run applications, be dynamic and be able to be installed simply,” explains Lewis. “That’s what we are really trying to bring to customers. And when customers see that we allow them to shift from spending resources on managing and deploying infrastructure to generating revenue for their business and developing applications for the company, they can see it’s a win for them.”

For more details on the newly announced HPE OneView 3.0, click here. And stay tuned for more videos and interviews out of the event.


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