Just in case you wondered why HPE doesn’t have an hyperconverged system, here is what Meg Whitman said this quarter investors call:
Looking forward, you can expect this momentum and investment in innovation to continue. Later this month, we will announce a new market-changing hyper-converged offering based on our industry-leading ProLiant virtualization server. Our new solution will offer customers installation in minutes, a consumer-inspired simple mobile array user experience, and automated IT operations, all at 20% lower cost than Nutanix. We believe this new system will allow us to quickly become a top player in the $5 billion high-growth hyper-converged market.
I don’t know anything about it, haven’t heard anything. So looking forward to HPE announcements on Hyperconverged Systems.
HPE has more to talk about – Permanent Memory. Guessing this is a 3D RAM soluton like Intel’s 3D XPOINT:
Also later this month, we’ll refresh our server portfolio to include a game-changing new technology called Persistent Memory, which was invented by our server group. This new technology will enable an ecosystem of new applications supporting non-volatile memory and is a key milestone on our journey to the machine
The EtherealMind View on HCI
So while I’m at it, some thoughts on HCI
- Everyone who matters has a hyperconverged server product and platform strategy. VMware with EVOxxxxxx, EMC/Dell with Vblock, Cisco with HyperFlex (and all the others e.g. FlexPod, Simplivity) , Dell with Nutanix/Simplivity etc).
- HCI is a locked in platform for the data centre for the largest number of customers – thats the mid-market where complexity can be solved with money instead of skills. and a lot of those companies don’t want to spend time/money on integrating components.
- The success of HCI demonstrates the failure of standards. How come its “so hard” to integrate storage arrays, networks, servers and virtualization. Aren’t we supposed to have clear standards for interoperability between systems.
- Its probably the beginning of the end of disaggregation in the Enterprise. Once you choose one of the platforms, you won’t buy separate networking, storage or servers anymore.
- DC orchestration is still in flux. HCI means that private cloud orchestration
Some points following some feedback on this post:
EMC/VCE/vBlock: The debate between between converged and hyper-converged isn’t worth having. You can slice the hairs between legacy arrays and distributed storage, integrated networking and blade/rackable servers but the end result is the same. Closed systems bundle that remove the need for a storage or data network in the data centre.
HP/HPE: Apologies for mixing my HP/HPE. Have written a macro that should fix this in the future.