Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:32

HPE to deliver industry first composable infrastructure for VMware private clouds

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced an industry first solution, simplifying an IT dept’s move to a hybrid IT infrastructure and lower VM costs.

Specifically, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) revealed at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas today their new, industry first, composable platform for VMware Cloud Foundation, based on HPE Synergy, and named, logically enough, VMware Cloud Foundation on HPE Synergy.

As tremendous as the cloud can be for business agility, allowing machines to be spun up and down on demand among other benefits, there is no doubt the expectation of “cloud speed” has placed greater demands on IT departments to respond with new infrastructure to meet business and developer initiatives.

For many organisations, the “new normal” is a multi-cloud environment with public clouds like AWS and Azure, as well as on-premises and hosted cloud environments. IT departments are left to manage these, while being expected to lower capital and operating expenditure.

HPE wants IT managers to know it understands their problems, and this new solution will enable their department to simplify their transition to a hybrid environment, deploying infrastructure as a service and private cloud within minutes. It further offers a reduction in the cost of virtual machines compared to public clouds and traditional server racks.

HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation will enable customers to:

  1. operate a single platform to run traditional bare-metal, virtualised SAN environments along with new vSAN-based workloads. HPE states its Synergy platform is the only one available today that can provide a single infrastructure to dynamically compose the right mix of virtual, traditional and VMware Cloud Foundation.
  2. become an internal service provider of IaaS and private clouds. Using HPE Synergy Image Streamer, IT depts can quite literally deploy infrastructure and VMware Cloud Foundation software in mere minutes with just a few clicks. This in turn means IT can respond quickly to line of business requests and accelerate consumer DevOps initiatives.
  3. perform at cloud speed. HPE Synergy says its offers the industry’s fastest platform for VMware environments, recording a 41% increase in the VMmark 2.x performance benchmark against the previous best scoring server.
  4. Reduce capital and operational expenses while still increasing productivity. HPE Synergy is the industry’s first platform based on compassable infrastructure and delivers VMs at 29% less cost than traditional architectures, and up to 50% less than public clouds, according to the CloudGenera Workload Placement Engine.

“In today’s competitive digital world, enterprises need technology that enables them to quickly introduce and scale new services,” said Raj Thakur, vice-president and general manager for Hybrid IT, HPE Asia Pacific and Japan. “HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation will deliver a private cloud experience that empowers IT to be an internal service provider and enables rapid response to business needs with single-click DevOps delivery.” Under the hood, HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation extends HPE and VMware joint offerings, including vSphere and vRealize. These solutions are all built on a common architecture and integration with HPE OneView, HPE’s infrastructure automation software, allowing IT admins to discover, manage and optimise their virtualisation environments.

“HPE Synergy powered by Cloud Foundation will provide a powerful solution to consolidate traditional, private and cloud native workloads onto a single integrated infrastructure platform that is simple to deploy and operate,” said John Gilmartin, vice-president and general manager, Integrated Systems Business Unit, VMware.

“Customers will benefit from a highly dynamic, programmable infrastructure foundation that eliminates the operational overhead of traditional deployments thanks to new built-in lifecycle automation capabilities. We are excited about the value that HPE Synergy powered by Cloud Foundation will unlock to our mutual customers.”

HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation can work with HPE Flexible Capacity, an infrastructure service that offers on-demand capacity and a pay-as-you-go consumption model. HPE Flexible Capacity providers customers the ability to scale-up and scale-down capacity as required, meaning customers will only pay for what is consumed. When compared to public cloud pricing, HPE says its solution delivers results for either the same cost or at less than the public cloud price.

VMware Cloud Foundation on HPE Synergy is expected to be certified and available from HPE and channel and distribution partners in late 2017. vSphere and vSAN are already certified and available with HPE Synergy, while Private Cloud Express with VMware vRealize is targeted for availability in September.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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