Hewlett Packard Enterprise reveals updated offerings to back hybrid hype

Hybrid IT and hyper-convergence on the agenda with new releases
Meg Whitman - CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Meg Whitman - CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has revealed an expansion of its “composable initiative,” with the addition of a new hybrid cloud offering and technology extensions to its hyper-converged systems.

The company used its Discover conference in London to showcase the new line-up of converged systems and hybrid cloud deployment software on 29 November.

The move comes as the company talks up the growing importance of hybrid IT environment to its business, with HPE CEO, Meg Whitman, saying, “we believe the world is going to be hybrid. And our mission is to make hybrid IT simple,” during an earnings call on 22 November.

The new solutions include its Synergy software, integrated with its Helion CloudSystem 10 IT infrastructure solution, which HPE claims will bring full composability across compute, storage, and fabric to its OpenStack technology-based hybrid cloud platform.

Synergy was first launched by HPE in June, with its new category of composable infrastructure introduced at the Discover event last year. The Synergy technology, which lets IT operators treat infrastructure as code, lies at the foundation of the company's hybrid IT strategy.

The company said that this new offering would give users the ability to run bare metal, virtualised, containerised, and cloud-native applications on a single infrastructure, and dynamically compose and recompose resources for unmatched agility and efficiency.

Additionally, the company said its Hyper Converged Operating Environment software update is aimed leveraging composable technologies to deliver new capabilities to its Hyper Converged 380 all-in-one compute, software-defined storage and intelligent virtualisation appliance.

The update includes new workspace controls that are designed to facilitate the composing and recomposing of virtualised resources for different lines of business.

The company hopes that, by extending its Synergy software’s fully programmable infrastructure to its multi-cloud platform, and adding software enhancements to its Hyper Converged 380, it will let IT keep the delivery of their software-defined infrastructure in pace with business needs.

“Customers’ business needs can change quite rapidly, and they need an infrastructure platform that can support that rapid change,” HPE South Pacific director, datacentre and hybrid cloud, Raj Thakur, said.

“With HPE Synergy we delivered a new class of infrastructure providing the speed, efficiency, and flexibility of the public cloud on-premises, so IT can focus on being an internal service provider instead of maintaining infrastructure.

Now we’re extending composable infrastructure to our cloud and hyper-converged offerings, making hybrid IT simple for customers,” he said.

The latest updates follow the announcement of the first successful demonstration of HPE’s Memory-Driven Computing technology, which arises from a concept that puts memory at the centre of the computing platform, rather than processing.

According to HPE, this approach could lead to significant performance and efficiency gains that remain elusive.