Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has combined its Synergy fully-programmable infrastructure with its Helion CloudSystem 10 service, and now offers updated dashboard for controlling virtualised resources in its Hyper Converged 380 services.
The key ingredient from Synergy is the ‘composability’ features that will be added to HPE’s cloud and hyperconverged services.
Cutting through the jargon, that effectively means it has updated its services with tools that allow IT operators to better provision and manage a single pool of software-defined resources such as compute power, storage and network fabric to adjust hyper-converged and cloud services to suit specific workloads, such as the deployment of Docker containers,
It will also make it easier to shift from traditional IT to hybrid infrastructure.
The updates are primarily focused at allowing workloads run more efficiently, particularly in data centres, due to the ability to flexibility allocate hardware and virtualised resources.
Given how much energy a data centre or large server farm consumes, running workloads more efficiently can help cut down on energy costs and thereby drive down the cost of IT operations as a whole.
But the extension of composability also comes as a reaction to how the much-discussed doctrine of digital transformation and disruption is seeing businesses running hybrid IT infrastructures of traditional on-premise systems linked to cloud services in order to run more diverse workloads,
This might include creating and delivering apps in a more rapid fashion or having a more flexible IT infrastructure that supports more virtualisation.
Effectively the combination of digital disruption and hybrid IT is seeing IT operators moving towards delivering traditional applications ‘as-a-service’ rather than software installed on individual machines.
“Behind the scenes IT is trying to keep up with that digital disruption and in fact drive that digital disruption; the change in that business model,” said Ric Lewis, general manager of software-defined data centre and cloud at HPE said at HPE Discover 2016 in London
Lewis noted that HPE is looking to deliver services that make moving with such IT trends a more painless process for IT departments.
“The company that can make that whole hybrid IT experience for their customers will win, and that’s really the key codas for our HPE strategy,” he said. “That’s what were about; making hybrid IT simple.”
In practical terms, managing this composable infrastructure is delivered through HPE’s OneView unified interface, which provides a single pane of software from which to manage virtualised resources.
HP claims this level of management allows IT managers inside organisations to become internal service providers, spinning up and provisioning resources as they see fit to better deliver IT services to different parts of their business in a more efficient manner.
Of course HPE is not alone in chasing companies looking to embrace hybrid IT; Fujitsu is another tech behemoth that has also entered the digital disruption game.
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