HP Enterprise’s Composable Infrastructure strategy
The HP Enterprise Data Center and Hybrid Cloud Group (DCHC) group represents a consolidation of HP’s data centre platforms, software-defined and cloud technologies into one organisation.
The CTO of Data Centre Hybrid Cloud Technologies, for HP Enterprise in APJ, Paul Haverfield said, “We are focused on segments and solutions as well as continuing to maintain a keen focus on our individual product categories (Servers, Storage, Data Center Networking, Hyperconverged, Cloud and Converged Systems).
He also further described his role saying, “I am responsible for building upon my previous role as Storage CTO and continuing to evangelise and educate on all our technologies and platforms driving the digital economy to end-user customers, industry analysts and IT journalists.”
Strategy for resource provisioning
HPE’s mission is simple – to make hybrid IT simple for its customers.
Haverfield explained that whether running a company, university or non-profit, chances are that the organisation is straddling across many variations of traditional IT, public, private or hybrid cloud.
He pointed out, “There was a time when public cloud was touted as the most superior, but CIOs have since learned that each option has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to flexibility, cost and scale.”
So, really there is a challenge for every organisation to find the right mix, scale, speed and cost that will work for them. ” Furthermore, for most businesses, IT investment decisions are not static, and they will continue to change monthly and quarterly. It is the job of every CIO to achieve that equilibrium and continually adjust to meet the company’s unique, evolving needs.”
Hybrid IT is a combination of all these, and it aims to help organisation identify the right mix of IT solutions to meet business goals. “This is so they can integrate new technologies where needed and maintain legacy systems where appropriate,” Haverfield explained.
Underpinning HPE’s hybrid IT approach is a new category of infrastructure that accelerates application delivery in traditional and new IT environments. This category is called Composable Infrastructure.
HPE Synergy, a 100-percent software-defined solution was also introduced, the world’s first Composable Infrastructure platform that was designed to help organisations finetune their mix of public, private and traditional IT, by composing and recomposing the right infrastructure to best match the requirements of the applications, whether that is virtual machines, containers, or bare metal.
So, it’s physical infrastructure, but there is fast, agile and responsive spinning up of applications with the right DevOps resources.
To further help hybrid solutions to their customers, HPE recently announced a go-to-market alliance with Microsoft through Cloud 28+.
The HPE-sponsored Cloud28+ is the world’s largest, open community dedicated to increasing enterprise cloud adoption.
Haverfield said, “The mission of Cloud28+ is to offer customers, regardless of their location, a seamless on/off-premises experience, based on a common platform of shared resources – services, tailored solutions and knowledge.
“The alliance will enable Microsoft and HPE to combine forces to provide partners with new business opportunities and tools, while accelerating customer business outcomes powered by a rich hybrid IT ecosystem.”
Digital transformation for customers
HPE launched HPE Pointnext earlier this year to help its customers remove the guesswork from their digital transformation journey.
Haverfield described, “Pointnext is a newly redefined technology services organisation with 25,000 IT experts around the globe that works directly with customers to ensure they have the right technologies, tools and processes to achieve their goals.
“By making hybrid IT simple and powering the Intelligent Edge, we enable organisations to digitise core operations, innovate new products and services and deliver better experiences to their customers.”
HPE Pointnext is built on three types of services – Advisory and Transformation Services are at the forefront, designing customers’ transformation journey and building a roadmap tailored to their unique challenges.
The Professional Services specialise in on-time implementation, on-budget execution and creative configurations for software and hardware.
Last but not least, Operational Services offer new ways to deliver IT by managing and optimising on-premises and cloud workloads, resources and capacity.