Cloud has been stealing businesses like HPE’s lunch for quite some time and it’s obviously starting to hurt. So what do you do if you’re an enterprise server business and you want to get back at the cloud? You launch your own cloud? No, you launch your own version of the cloud, but deliver it on-premise in a box and you call it converged, or to use HPE’s phrase “Composable Infrastructure.” Which is exactly what HPE is doing with it’s new Synergy range.
The new service effectively brings together software, storage, compute and networking in one pre-configured, pre-tested single off the shelf solution. That will allow businesses to fire up an instance in seconds, create solutions with a single API call and which can be paid for on a more business-friendly operational expenditure basis.
In short it’s a cloud in a box with lots of friendly tools to make the building of cloud applications as easy as creating applications on good old Windows boxes. Or as HPE’s Neil MacDonald, VP & GM blade systems and Synergy puts it “makes bare metal private cloud as simple as public cloud.”
The devices which have been in Beta since the summer are currently with a select number of customers and HPE are promising shipping products in Q2 2016.
HPE claim the new systems will reduce over-provisioning by up to xx%, it can be provisioned in 3 that’s three minutes, there’s one single API for the whole box and all the software installed on it – which replaces over 500 separate calls and APIs and reduces time to develop in minutes rather than hours – and it will have ‘frictionless’ updates.
HPE Synergy also enables a wide range of applications and is recommended for customers looking to deploy a scalable hybrid cloud environment and enable continuous DevOps.
According to HPE, its Synergy platform has built-in software intelligence and auto discovery capabilities that will allow customers to boot up infrastructure, ready to run physical, virtual and containerised applications.
The platform also provides software defined templates and bootable images which will allow IT departments to provide an infrastructure that will be ready for any workload at cloud-like speed.
Customers will also get a library of operating environment images, where one person will be able to deploy composable infrastructure, streamlining the delivery of IT services, and enable IT to better respond to line of business (LOB's) changing needs.