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HPE makes bigger push in hybrid IT

Enterprise technology supplier HPE has doled out a slew of enhancements to its composable IT portfolio to help enterprises run IT more like cloud service providers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is making a bigger push in hybrid IT by adding capabilities to its composable IT portfolio to help enterprises run a combination of workloads on public and private cloud services more efficiently.

For a start, artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in HPE Infosight will help enterprises detect problems with their IT infrastructure before they occur, while IT automation features will free IT workers from mundane tasks, according to Phil Davis, president for hybrid IT and chief sales officer at HPE.

Speaking ahead of HPE Discover in Madrid this week, Davis noted that the new capabilities would offer enterprises more choice across composable infrastructure building blocks to compose any workload, any service, across any cloud, helping them to reduce infrastructure cost and complexity.

“Our customers want to innovate faster, with greater automation and intelligence,” said Davis. “Building on our innovation in creating the composable category and HPE Synergy offering, today’s announcement of the HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL and HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy delivers unprecedented customer choice and scale across all clouds.

With HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL, IT professionals can expect to scale their IT infrastructure in real time without the need for specialised networking skills, compose clouds and workloads in minutes, and manage on-premise and public cloud resource utilisation and costs in a uniform way.

The software is also optimised for cloud-native workloads and rack-scale environments with template-driven automation, which streamlines and automates the deployment of cloud, initially supporting Red Hat OpenShift and VMware workloads.

HPE is also addressing the needs of general-purpose workloads such as SAP and Oracle, as well as cloud-native applications or mixed workloads, through HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy.

The modular architecture of HPE Synergy provides flexibility through a broad choice of network interconnects and storage options. In addition, enterprises can use HPE Synergy Image Streamer to support DevOps initiatives, and deploy infrastructure with tools including Chef, Ansible and Puppet.

“With our new open hybrid cloud platform, enterprises of all sizes can now manage, provision and deliver workloads and apps instantly and continuously to accelerate innovation,” said Davies.

In recent years, HPE has been touting its vision of composable IT, where resource pools comprising compute, storage and networking elements are deployed dynamically to suit the needs of different workloads – just as public cloud services do.

According to IDC, the nascent composable and disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) market was worth just over $300m (£234m) in 2017.

However, as new and incumbent IT suppliers enter this market, each making a unique case for solving IT infrastructure challenges, IDC projects this market to aggressively grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 58.2%, reaching nearly $3.4bn in 2022.

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