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Combined HPE GreenLake and HPE SimpliVity solution lets customers balance cost and flexibility

Capacity management is difficult to get right. To play it safe, many businesses overprovision IT while others underestimate future needs and find themselves in a bind. Both approaches require significant capital outlay and have long procurement cycles, limiting IT agility and restricting business operations.

GreenLake-SimpliVity-SDCG.jpgIn recent years, as-a-service (aaS) consumption-based offerings and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions have emerged as alternatives to this costly guessing game. It’s an increasingly popular combination. In fact, according to Gartner, “By 2022, 15% of new deployments of on-premises computing will involve pay-per-use pricing, up from less than 1% in 2019.”* And hyperconverged systems, according to IDC, are poised to grow at a 25.2% CAGR through 2022, growing 70% in 2018 to nearly $6.6 billion in total value.

IT organizations like yours can stay flexible and avoid over- or under-provisioning by taking advantage of the HPE GreenLake pay-per-use model with smart, simple HPE SimpliVity HCI technology. The combined HPE GreenLake and HPE SimpliVity solution streamlines operations, which can give businesses a competitive edge.

Why HPE GreenLake?

HPE GreenLake delivers a hybrid cloud (private and public) experience in a consumption-based solution. The aaS model focuses on outcome-based consumption, while radically simplifying IT and freeing up resources. Your IT organization does not need to invest in on-premises hardware, and you only pay for what you use.

As-a-service offerings from HPE can be applied to a wide variety of workloads. For virtualization, private cloud, backup and general storage, HPE GreenLake provides purpose-built infrastructure using portfolio offerings like HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged and HPE Nimble storage. For other workloads, HPE leverages a broad ecosystem of partners — VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, Veeam, SAP, and others.

Why choose HPE SimpliVity for HCI?

HPE SimpliVity is an enterprise-grade hyperconverged platform that streamlines IT operations with unprecedented efficiency, performance, resiliency and intelligence. The award-winning hyperconverged platform combines IT infrastructure, advanced data services, and HPE InfoSight AI-driven operations into a single, integrated solution. And there’s no special training required. You manage backups, VMs, hosts, clusters, and federations through a familiar VMware vCenter interface, with guaranteed simplicity and efficiency.

Coupled with HPE GreenLake, HPE SimpliVity delivers a range of benefits you can’t get with separate offerings. For example, you can start with the capacity you need today and grow with business demand, without worrying whether your future capacity predictions are exactly right. And, you can offload many of the management tasks that come with operating a data center. The HPE solution sets you up with a fully managed hybrid cloud, and you pay only for the capacity you use. 

With HPE GreenLake for HPE SimpliVity you can:

  • Avoid up-front capital outlays.
  • Eliminate over-provisioning and associated expenses — the variable monthly payments are based on metered usage. As usage increases, unit price decreases (minimum capacity may apply).
  • Improve time to market by maintaining a safe buffer of capacity, ready for use when you need it. Most customers reserve somewhere between 60-80% and pay for the rest on demand, balancing cost and flexibility — but it’s really up to you and your business needs.
  • Simplify the way you run and manage your virtualized IT environment. HPE InfoSight AI-driven operations have the intelligence to predict and even prevent infrastructure problems before they happen.
  • Free up your staff by relying on HPE for routine IT work.

Customers like Brian Kelly, Infrastructure Architecture Manager at Foxtel Australia Pty Ltd, are well aware of these features and benefits. Kelly explains that “Foxtel chose HPE SimpliVity as their seed for GreenLake as it provided a flexible and scalable platform to build our private cloud.”

Learn more about the HPE GreenLake for HPE SimpliVity offering, which comes with level one support and delivers all of the features and functionality of the HPE SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform.  



*Gartner, How to Use Consumption-Based Procurement Models for On-Premises Infrastructure, Daniel Bowers, Kiyomi YamadaRob SchaferHenrique Cecci, 20 September, 2019, G00383390

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McLeod Glass is Vice President and General Manager of HPE SimpliVity & Composable at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the product lifecycle across HPE Software-Defined Infrastructure. This includes HPE Composable Infrastructure, Hyperconverged and Cloud Software product lines. McLeod has held positions in engineering and product marketing across multiple HPE business units managing server, storage and software product line.