HPE says the new HCI offer is a net gain opportunity for partners.
HPE on Thursday expanded its remote workforce products and services with the HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen10 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. It is based on the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor. The vendor also announced that HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is available through GreenLake, its as-a-service consumption model.
The new HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen10 HCI platform offers the scalability businesses need to support remote workers and remote workforce workloads, the company said. The 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor offers powerful CPU performance that doubles the number of virtual desktops and reduces the cost.
“The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented situation that is affecting all businesses, our communities and our way of life,” said Patrick Osborne, vice president and general manager, HPE SimpliVity. “As an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company, HPE is here to help our clients bring together the right expertise and technology solutions to meet their most immediate challenges and unexpected demands. With these challenges, customers are looking to rapidly unleash mobile productivity and desktop virtualization. HPE SimpliVity and Nimble Storage dHCI solutions provide performance and flexible payment options for our customers.”
HPE SimpliVity addresses the demand for a remote workforce with an intelligent, software defined HCI solution that simplifies the time needed to deploy, manage and scale VDI. Using the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor drives down the cost for each remote worker by 50%. It’s a small, efficient 1U platform, delivered in a small footprint for entry-level and distributed edge HCI use cases.
Nimble Storage dHCI, HPE’s disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure, became available globally last October. You can get it through HPE GreenLake, to deliver virtual machine as a service. HPE InfoSight, AI for autonomous infrastructure, powers Nimble Storage dHCI. Nimble Storage dHCI is built for VDI users, business-critical applications and mixed workloads with unpredictable growth.
HPE also expanded Nimble Storage dHCI support for HPE ProLiant DL325, DL385, DL560 and DL580 servers. And it increased the scale of servers supported from 20 to 32. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI allows HPE ProLiant customers to convert their existing server investments into a disaggregated HCI.
HPE says Nimble Storage dHCI simplifies life cycle management. It has one-click, unified software upgrades for server firmware, hypervisor and storage software. You can perform upgrades directly in VMware vCenter.
HPE Financial Services supports the new VDI products and services. Customers can delay payments for up to six months to help with cash flow.
“Partners can offer their customers a full-stack solution that allows for the cloud experience on-premises. They can also help customers take their existing services and transform that into an HCI experience,” David Wang, director of product marketing, storage at HPE, told Channel Futures. “This is a huge cost advantage since the customers can attain that HCI experience through a simple upgrade, instead of an expensive rip and replace. This is a net-gain opportunity for channel partners.”
Expect the HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen10 with the new AMD EPYC processor to ship in late May. HPE GreenLake is now available for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI globally. The expanded server support, scale and one-click software upgrade enhancements will be available in the second half of the year.
In early April, HPE responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic with several new offers. The company announced new VDI solutions delivered through HPE GreenLake. Additionally, the vendor announced new financing options through HPE Financial Services.
The new VDI offers are built on either HPE ProLiant or HPE Synergy servers. These offers scale from 80 users to more than 2,000 remote workers. They are designed for Citrix and VMware environments.
For businesses that need a more powerful solution, HPE Moonshot ships with HPE ProLiant m750 server blades for a 70% performance advantage.
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