Hewlett Packard Enterprise Monday boosted its composable infrastructure range with a slew of breakthrough offerings including a new version of its hot-selling hyper-converged SimpliVity system with a composable mesh network fabric.
HPE said the new version of SimpliVity—unveiled at HPE Discover in Madrid—blends a hyper-converged infrastructure system with a composable mesh network fabric.
The composable mesh network fabric, which comes from the HPE acquisition of Plexxi earlier this year, sets HPE apart from any and all competitors, said Lauren Whitehouse, director of software-defined and cloud group marketing at HPE.
"The mesh flat fabric is the secret sauce that really differentiates us," said Whitehouse. "It is software-defined and it is a better architecture [than anything competitors can offer]. It allows for much better economics and performance over spine and leaf architectures."
The Plexxi mesh network fabric opens the door to a self-optimizing composable infrastructure she said. "The Plexxi technology is game-changing for us, our partners and organizations that are adopting it."
"You no longer need to go to a networking specialist because it's so easy now to set things up, manage and even troubleshoot the environment with the Plexxi composable fabric," Whitehouse said. "You are really delivering autonomy and self-sufficiency to a lower common denominator in the IT organization. You are no longer wasting time. You don't need specialists’ skills. You can now have people focused on deploying apps versus tinkering with hardware. That is game-changing for many organizations, and we are leading the way doing that."
In addition to the landmark SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure with mesh networking, HPE has accelerated its composable infrastructure lead with the launch of HPE Composable Cloud, an open hybrid cloud composable platform with mesh network functionality, that will now be available for the first time on HPE rack systems in the form of HPE Composable Cloud For HPE ProLiant DL Servers.
HPE said the Composable Fabric on the HPE ProLiant DL Severs—optimized for rack-scale environments—"radically simplifies" data center networking with self-configuring capabilities that improve performance and reduce overprovisioning by up to 70 percent.
HPE Composable Cloud supports VMware and Red Hat Open Shift workloads at what HPE calls "hyperscaler-like speed, scale and economics."
HPE is also launching HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy—its first composable infrastructure for blade systems that began shipping in large volume in January 2016.
The Composable Cloud offerings, which provide customers the ability to compose any workload across any cloud, support the full HPE software stack including built-in artificial intelligence from HPE InfoSight software, HPE OneView for software-defined cloud infrastructure management, and HPE OneSphere, its multi-cloud management Software-as-a-Service offering.
The Composable Cloud is a major new weapon for partners to help customers accelerate digital transformation, said Whitehouse.
In fact, Whitehouse said, she anticipates customers taking the savings from implementing the breakthrough Composable Cloud offerings and using them to help customers accelerate digital transformation. "This is getting customers to market faster, maximizing the time that people are spending writing applications," she said.
HPE's hyper-converged business, which includes the Synergy composable system, is growing at a whopping 140 percent with a US$1 billion run rate. Synergy, which is the foundation of a composable DevOps model for enterprises, has now been adopted by more than 2,200 customers.