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We don’t just want results now, we expect them. We play games and download movies on-demand, share photos and upload videos almost instantly. We don’t even like waiting a few extra seconds for data to travel from the core datacenter to our digital devices. This expectation for “instant everything” is driving a change in where data resides, a shift from the datacenter to the edge.
To accommodate increased demand at the edge, remote office/branch office (ROBO) sites have evolved into modular datacenters. No longer limited to brick-and-mortar offices, edge sites can include scientific labs in the wilderness, manufacturing facilities, airplane cockpits, or IT closets on an oil rig or a cruise ship. These sites have unique challenges, and each challenge can increase costs significantly.
Poorly sized infrastructures are a notorious money drain. IT organizations rarely experience a budget surplus, yet business requirements demand the best technology available, which makes sizing even more important in datacenter modernization projects. When complex environments require a refresh, IT needs to estimate business growth rates and system requirements 2-3 years in advance to ensure sufficient data capacity and system performance. Too little capacity limits business growth; too much wastes money as components sit idle in the rack.
Accurate sizing becomes critical at the edge. Remote locations often have smaller budgets than the main office and very limited physical space. Organizations can run into literal walls when they attempt to modernize technology. Expanding physical facilities to accommodate new IT racks, if even possible, is expensive, and power and cooling costs for the additional devices quickly add up.
With the increasing number of datacenters at the edge, it is not feasible to employ specialized IT staff with expertise in storage, servers, networking, and backup and recovery at every site, even for larger enterprises. While individual systems might be inexpensive up front, they are rarely cost effective in the long run. In fact, siloed systems can incur significant OPEX costs for ongoing maintenance and management, including travel and fees for multiple technology specialists, and downtime to synchronize systems.
Fractured data protection strategies put data at risk, and that risk increases with the number of different methods at each site, such as backing up to tape or portable hard drives. Costs for specialists who are contracted to build and test DR plans can escalate if contractors are needed on-site to change tapes and keep backup apps compatible with servers and storage upgrades. For midsize businesses, these costs are prohibitive. If a remote site experiences a natural disaster or a cyberattack, these organizations have the additional costs of downtime and data loss.
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) addresses every one of these challenges, and these compact systems are increasingly popular at the edge. Easy to deploy and scale, the most comprehensive hyperconverged solutions consolidate storage, servers, and advanced data services, including data protection, inside each node. That means IT only has one integrated system to manage, one solution to upgrade and maintain, and only one tech refresh cycle.
Organizations can start with as few as two nodes per location and scale out incrementally, expanding the system as needs grow and eliminating the cost of guessed-at future requirements. In an HPE SimpliVity infrastructure, hyperconverged devices at all sites are part of the same federation and can be monitored and managed together from a single interface by an IT administrator without specialized training. And multiple nodes protect data across the entire business, from core to edge, in case of a drive, node, cluster or site failure.
A recent study revealed how cost-effective HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure can be for ROBO sites. Enterprise Strategy Group set up a use case study with a single remote office deployment and found that hyperconverged solutions provide a savings of 49% when compared with a traditional SAN. They then increased the deployments and discovered that the savings become greater as the number of sites grow. In total cost of ownership (TCO), efficiencies in HCI architecture were found to boost savings to as much as 55% in remote and branch office deployments.
With so much importance placed on data at the edge, organizations need a simple, cost-effective infrastructure that can grow with them and keep their data available, no matter where it resides. Learn more about HCI for remote datacenters in the Gorilla Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure.
Thomas Goepel is the Director Product Management, Hyperconverged Solutions for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategy of HPE’s Hyperconverged products and solutions spanning from the Infrastructure Components to the Management Software. With over 26 years of experience in the electronics industry, the last 25 of which at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Goepel has held various engineering, marketing, and consulting positions in R&D, sales and services. To read more article by Thomas Goepel, visit the HPE Shifting to Software-Defined blog
But this often requires developers to use a different set of tools for each environment which can draw out the development cycle and slow down time to market. Because Azure Stack delivers complete consistency with Azure, developers can use a single set of consistent tools and deploy the application wherever it is required.
“One of the things you see is the desire to develop once and publish everywhere” says Microsoft’s Claude Lorenson.
If you have consistency between the tool you’re using for your public cloud environment and what you use on premises, it really saves you time.
We spoke to Claude Lorenson in depth about what Azure Stack and hybrid cloud mean for developers. Listen below.
For a time, IT seemed to be underappreciated or simply bypassed. With a swipe of a credit card, some business units and developers found a quick and easy way to get the services they needed—without engaging with their IT counterparts. Now things are changing. With the complexities of managing different workloads on and off premises, these same users are once again seeking the help of IT to cut through the chaos and ensure the right safeguards are in place.
In a recent BriefingsDirect podcast, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, talks with Rhett Dillingham, Vice President and Senior Analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. The two discuss the changing IT procurement landscape as more organizations move to multi-cloud and hybrid IT operating models.
Dillingham began the interview by explaining why procurement of hybrid and multi-cloud services are changing. “What began as organic adoption — from the developers and business units seeking agility and speed — is now coming back around to the IT-focused topics of governance, orchestration across platforms, and modernization of private infrastructure.” Organizations are now realizing that IT has to be involved in order to provide much needed governance.
Gardner mentioned that many organizations are looking beyond simply choosing between public or private clouds. Dillingham agrees that there is a growing interest in hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. “Some organizations adopt a single public cloud vendor. But others see that as a long-term risk in management, resourcing, and maintaining flexibility as a business. So they’re adopting multiple cloud vendors, which is becoming the more popular strategic orientation.”
Of course, effectively managing multi-cloud and hybrid IT in many organizations creates new challenges for IT. Dillingham explains that as IT complexity grows, “The business units and developers will look to IT for the right tools and capabilities, not necessarily to shed accountability but because that is the traditional role of IT, to enable those capabilities. IT is therefore set up for procurement.”
Dillingham suggests that organizations consider all types of deployments in terms of costs. Large, existing investments in data center infrastructure will continue to serve a vital interest, yet many types of cloud deployments will also thrive. And all workloads will need cost optimization, security, compliance, auditability, and customization.
He also recommends businesses seek out consultants to avoid traps and pitfalls, which will help better manage their expectations and goals. Outside expertise is extremely valuable not only with customers in the same industry, but also across industries. “The best insights will come from knowing what it looks like to triage application portfolios, what migrations you want across cloud infrastructures, and the proper set up of comprehensive governance, control processes, and education structures,” explains Dillingham.
Gardner added that systems integrators, in addition to some vendors, are going to help organizations make the transition from traditional IT procurement to everything-as-a service. “That’s more intelligent than trying to do this on your own or go down a dark alley and make mistakes. As we know, the cloud providers are probably not going to stand up and wave a flag if you’re spending too much money with them.”
To help in the governance of all deployments, Dillingham says IT will want to implement the ultimate toolset that will work across both public and private infrastructures. “A vendor that’s looking beyond just public cloud, like Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and delivers a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud management orientation, is set up to be a potential tour guide and strategic consultative adviser.”
Advice for optimizing hybrid and multi-cloud economics
Gardner concludes the interview by discussing how managing multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments is incredibly dynamic and complex. “It’s a fast-moving target. The cloud providers are bringing out new services all the time. There are literally thousands of different cloud service SKUs for infrastructure-as-a-service, for storage-as-a-service, and for other APIs and third-party services.”
Dillingham advises that the best IT adoption plan comes down to the requirements of each specific organization. He cautions that the more business units the organization has, the more important it is that IT drives “collaboration at the highest organizational level and be responsible for the overall cloud strategy.” Collaboration must encompass all aspects, including “platform selection, governance, process, and people skills.”
HPE can help IT teams simplify their hybrid and multi-cloud experience with modern technologies and software-defined solutions such as composable infrastructure, hyperconvergence, infrastructure management, and multi-cloud management. Listen to the full podcast here. Read the transcript here.
Chris Purcell drives analyst relations for the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The Software-Defined and Cloud Group organization is responsible for marketing for composable infrastructure, HPE OneView, HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged solutions and Project New Hybrid IT Stack.
To read more from Chris Purcell, please visit the HPE Shifting to Software-Defined blog.
As one of their key partners in delivering Azure Stack to market, Hewlett Packard Enterprise have invested heavily in launching a number of Azure Stack Innovation Centers (ASICs) in partnership with Microsoft, which enable customers to get their hands on the solution and a live production environment.
At the ASICs, a team of dedicated HPE and Microsoft experts will assist you in developing and deploying your enterprise workload on Azure Stack. Since the solution is an extension of Azure, the tools, APIs and development environments for Azure work across Azure Stack. This enables customers to can build and deploy applications the same way for your on-premise and public Azure clouds.
One of Microsoft’s ASICs hosts Jane Clayton explains how they provide customers with a “collaborative space” to get to grips with the solution and “really dig into their business needs”.
We spoke to Jane Clayton and HPE’s Jeff Krenek to find out more about what they offer businesses who attend. Listen below
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Historically, we needed to deal with each account separately by mailing in payments, keeping a record of each transaction, and ensuring the correct funds were available. This process was cumbersome and took too much time. Today’s online banking technology has solved those complexities. Now people can remotely manage all their accounts from one interface, saving time, adding flexibility of how money is managed, and significantly improving the overall banking experience.
The old-style banking analogy is very similar to the multiple types of IT infrastructure management tools companies have used in the past (and some still use today) to run their business. Over the years, businesses built their IT infrastructure environment with separate servers, storage, and networking components, making their data center too complex and difficult to manage. These IT environments quickly grew out of control, along with the myriad of management tools and specialized resources needed to maintain them.
Just as online banking simplified and streamlined banking activities, many companies need one common management solution to consolidate all their infrastructure silos. Customers need a single solution, with one unified management interface, to help address the complexities of managing their hybrid IT environments that include server, storage, and networking.
Most infrastructure vendors struggle to provide such a solution, as many management applications address only server management and may require separate applications to handle different storage and networking components. The challenge is that such a tool would need to provide an at-a-glance view of the health status of multiple servers, profiles, and enclosures all over the world (including virtual and physical appliances). Just like online banking capabilities, the management tool would also need to provide faster access to information, which would enable better decision making.
The type of tool companies need to solve their ever-growing complexity issues in the data center is not a dream for the future. This type of infrastructure management software for data centers is already available and being used by over 1 million customers around the world. HPE OneView enables customers to transform their servers, storage, and networking into software-defined infrastructure that eliminates complex manual processes, spurs IT collaboration, and increases the speed and flexibility of IT service delivery. The infrastructure management solution takes a software-defined, programmatic approach through efficient workflow automation, a modern dashboard, and a comprehensive partner ecosystem.
Using one management interface, customers can pull together servers, storage, and networking for many infrastructure platforms. And if a customer has multiple instances of HPE OneView, the HPE OneView Global Dashboard consolidates their hybrid infrastructure environment into a single view, delivering much-needed simplicity.
One customer, Porsche Informatik is one of Europe’s largest developers of custom software solutions for the automobile trade. The company needed to streamline the management of over 1,600 virtual servers and 133 blade servers – and they chose HPE OneView to help them do it.
“HPE OneView gives us a much better and more intuitive view of our HPE server infrastructure. This dramatically speeds up many system management tasks, including the deployment of new ESXi servers and VLAN configurations, which are 90% faster,” explains Gerald Nezerka, Windows Services Team Manager for Infrastructure & Common Platforms, Porsche Informatik.
Another customer, Opus Interactive, has provided cloud hosting and colocation services, supplemented by backup and recovery services, for more than 22 years. When the company was smaller, they were fine using standalone infrastructure management tools on an ad hoc basis. But after experiencing rapid growth over the last several years, Opus Interactive needed a simpler way to maintain its infrastructure in order to adhere to service-level agreements (SLAs) with more than 300 customers. They turned to HPE OneView.
“HPE OneView enables us to do more with less,” explains Eric Hulbert, President and Cofounder of Opus Interactive. “In order to maintain our level of service as we continue our rapid growth, we need to get as much infrastructure and as many customers managed per engineer or administrator as possible. Because it is now easier to manage all our devices, HPE OneView makes this happen.”
Just like online banking, infrastructure management software simplifies the view into hybrid IT environments and allows IT managers to save significant time and reduce complexity. And new features within HPE OneView now allow customers to consolidate all of their hybrid infrastructure into a single view – no matter where they are located. A better way to manage your infrastructure is here, and organizations everywhere are using it.
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.
It’s a wildly exciting time to be working in the high tech industry. Customers are innovating faster and driving digital transformation in their data centers, and HPE is well-positioned with its Composable Cloud approach that helps to enable that transformation. HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), which is a key component within the broad HPE Composable strategy, is perfectly positioned for highly virtualized customers and especially those with ROBO and edge deployments. For larger, more dynamic private cloud environments, HPE Composable Cloud with Synergy or HPE Composable Cloud with ProLiant DL are perfectly suited. All components of our Composable strategy provide customers with a consistent cloud experience for IaaS, CaaS, and DBaaS, and enable them to easily build a hybrid cloud environment across public and private clouds.
As evidence of its success, HPE SimpliVity is experiencing rapid year-over-year growth of 100.6%—faster than the HCI market growth rate of 67.2%. Also, HPE has just been named a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure.
Customers I’ve talked to are benefiting with faster IT deployments, improved cycle times, and productivity gains. Particular to HCI, we’re seeing strong adoption of HPE SimpliVity in edge and ROBO use cases. Alterra Mountain Company, Flight Safety International, The Jackson Laboratory, Princeton Holdings, Promesa, and thousands of other HPE SimpliVity customers are shifting from spending valuable time and resources on operations to driving real business outcomes and innovation.
Let me share some key customer use cases and reasons why customers are selecting HPE SimpliVity. We are witnessing adoption in use cases including multi-site data center consolidation; business-critical workloads, such as SAP HANA; private cloud; VDI; multi-site edge; and ROBO use cases. Customers in a variety of industries are seeing increased simplicity, efficiency, agility, and faster innovation cycle times using HPE SimpliVity, especially in edge and ROBO use cases.
For ROBO and multi-site edge use case, Jim Surlow, Sr. IT Architect at Alterra Mountain Company states it well, “We now have 39 nodes live at our various ski resort locations, and we continue to grow. We like the option to deploy as few as two nodes and get all the resiliency, performance, and services required to run a resort site. The feedback we’ve received throughout the organization from our HPE SimpliVity solution has been overwhelmingly supportive.” Alterra Mountain Company is achieving an average of 71.8:1 data efficiency and new levels of simplicity, as well as fast, effortless recovery of VMs.
For data center consolidation and data protection, The Jackson Laboratory is also benefiting from HPE SimpliVity across multiple sites from California to Maine. Eric Buzzell, Enterprise Architect states, “Our inventory queries are six times faster now. In the past, queries might take six or seven minutes. Now the queries on HPE SimpliVity are as low as one minute. Just a couple of minutes savings per query add up. Day in and day out over a year, it is immense. Plus HPE SimpliVity helps speed our backups and improves DR across sites.”
Princeton Holdings Limited is consolidating and improving their security posture with HPE SimpliVity and achieving better than 50% app performance and 43:1 data efficiency from inline dedupe and compression. The financial services company is prospering saying that HPE SimpliVity “allows us to sell more; it allows us to get more customers.”
Productos Metalúrgicos S.A. (Promesa) in Ecuador is leveraging HPE SimpliVity for their critical SAP HANA workloads. Miguel Sotomayor, CIO and IT director, was pleased that his organization was able to capitalize on the opportunity as soon as the SAP HANA HCI certification was completed. “HPE SimpliVity… delivered efficiency, speed, agility, and what the company expected the most: a disaster recovery site. This allows for availability of all applications, which has always been the main objective.”
These are but a few of the thousands of customers benefiting from HPE SimpliVity. HPE is experiencing tremendous growth in the hyperconverged segment based on key differentiation in the HPE SimpliVity portfolio. To date, HPE has shipped tens of thousands of units of HPE SimpliVity units globally. In the company’s most recent quarter, HPE achieved its best quarter yet in terms of growth. We are also deeply honored and excited to announce that we’ve been recognized as a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings. These real customer reviews are powerful recognition, and we look forward to building on the experience that earned us this distinction.
These outcomes are a result of the core differentiation of the HPE SimpliVity offering that includes powerful software-defined capabilities: guaranteed data efficiency; built-in resiliency, backup, and DR; and VM-centric management, intelligence, and automation. Over one-third of customers achieve greater than 100:1 data efficiency, and they benefit from built-in data protection, rapid VM recovery to minimize downtime, overall simplicity, and consolidation. Recent innovations include new HPE SimpliVity with Composable Fabric, providing friction-free scaling, and ease of expansion and deployment.
To simplify and accelerate the journey to hybrid cloud enabling new services, improved time-to-market, and business growth, HPE has a broad, global presence and capabilities to help customers innovate faster. Through our composable cloud strategy, with automation, AI-driven operations, security, and compliance to deliver a turnkey solution ready to scale, HPE continues to work with customers to push the industry forward. As evidence, we recently announced Composable Fabric, which increases agility, enables friction-free scaling, and improves automation and intelligence. In the near future, we’ll expand capabilities to deliver on our vision to streamline IT operations with fast, simple, and efficient hyperconverged platforms that help customers solve their most challenging hybrid projects and enable digital transformation.
Thank you to our customers, partners, and employees for the diligence, hard work, and partnership that helped us achieve these great results and customer outcomes. Together, we have the wind at our back and are gaining momentum. To learn more and stay informed, please see HPE SimpliVity.
Ric Lewis is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Defined and Cloud Group and Chief Technology Officer of Hybrid IT.
The HPE team is excited to announce that HPE has been recognized as a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The team at HPE takes great pride in this distinction since customer feedback continues to shape our products and services.
In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.
For this distinction, a vendor must have a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average overall rating of 4.2 stars or higher. HPE has an overall rating of 4.5/5.0 based on 200 verified published reviews, 174 of which are for HPE SimpliVity, as of March 19, 2019.
Here are some excerpts from customers that contributed reviews:
“SimpliVity – The BEST Hyperconverged Solution Available” – IT Manager, Manufacturing and https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/702803
“Swiss army knife for IT infrastructure or DevOps teams” – Senior IT Specialist, Miscellaneous https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/679682
“Ensure High Performance On Backup And Restore Operations” – Senior Network Architect, Finance and https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/734084
Everyone at HPE is deeply proud to be honored as a March 2019 Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). To learn more about this distinction, or to read the reviews written about HPE products by the IT professionals who use them, please visit Customers’ Choice announcement.
Customers I’ve talked to are benefiting with faster IT deployments, improved cycle times, and productivity gains, which is contributing to HPE SimpliVity growing faster than the hyperconverged infrastructure market. Particular to HCI, HPE is seeing strong adoption of HPE SimpliVity powered by Intel® in data center consolidation, VDI, edge and ROBO use cases. Alterra Mountain Company, The Jackson Laboratory, Princeton Holdings, Promesa, and thousands of other HPE SimpliVity customers are shifting from spending valuable time and resources on operations to driving real business outcomes and innovation. Customers are innovating faster and driving digital transformation in their data centers, and HPE SimpliVity and HPE Composable Cloud with Synergy and ProLiant DL helps to enable that transformation.
To all of the customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews mold HPE’s products and customer journey, and HPE looks forward to building on the experience that earned this distinction!
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