Hewlett Packard Enterprise president Antonio Neri told CRN USA that the company is poised to ship its Nimble InfoSight predictive analytics offering on its high-end 3Par storage line within the next 90 days.
The move to bring the cloud-based predictive analytics platform to 3Par - just months after closing the Nimble acquisition - significantly alters the balance of power in the intensely competitive storage market.
Bringing InfoSight's artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to 3Par, they said, effectively marks the first time a major storage vendor has been able to predict storage failures and proactively resolve them across an end-to-end portfolio that spans the market from small/medium businesses to the enterprise.
Calling InfoSight the "crown jewels" of HPE's US$1 billion acquisition of Nimble, Neri said the AI power of the platform provides HPE and its partners with a big competitive advantage against any and all competitors. "Nobody has this," he said.
"This is more proof we are delivering against our strategy to make hybrid IT simple," said Neri. "That is why we are doing this so quickly. The first thing partners are going to see is a consistent experience across Nimble and 3Par with AI, predictive analytics, and predictive maintenance across the entire storage footprint – all attached to our HPE Pointnext [services]."
The predictive analytics capabilities are sure to power dramatic reductions in storage total cost of ownership (TCO) for businesses of all sizes, said Neri."If I am a customer, what I am looking for is uptime and lower TCO," he said. "Nimble with InfoSight and 3Par enables that. It delivers the best performance with the best uptime and lowest TCO optimised for the specific workloads that run on the platform. The customer gets the best experience at the lowest cost."
Neri, for his part, said he expects Nimble InfoSight to accelerate HPE's all flash sales growth and momentum.
"Customers want the automation and predictive analytics that InfoSight provides," he said. "Customers are voting with their dollars. Last quarter we had 30 percent growth in all flash. You can see the momentum we have with the two [Nimble and 3Par] platforms. This actually accelerates that momentum. It is a unique differentiation no other competitors have. From my perspective this is going to be an accelerator for both us and our partners."