By Paul Miller, HPE VP Marketing, Software Defined and Cloud and Tom Herrman, VMware VP of Global Alliances
VMworld is just around the corner – the ideal time to shine a spotlight on how the VMware and HPE partnership is helping make the promise of the software-defined data center and seamless hybrid cloud environments a reality for joint customers.
Together, the two companies have an 18-year history of collaboration and innovation, with the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated and certified solutions. HPE has been named VMware’s Partner of the Year for three years running and over 500,000 joint customers are testament to the success HPE has as the leading VMware technology integration partner for software defined data center solutions. HPE vExperts have a combined 200-plus years of experience with VMware — in addition to 25,000 VMware Solution experts on staff overall.
Following is an overview of some of the things that make this partnership unique and how it creates value for customers.
Driving Down Costs While Increasing Flexibility with a Modular Architecture
HPE Synergy is the industry’s only modular architecture for VMware Cloud Foundation. Ultimately, that means a business has the flexibility to respond to emerging needs sooner. They have a secure platform to run enterprise applications and consolidate traditional, private, and cloud-native workloads onto a single integrated infrastructure. And that platform drives higher efficiency within the data center through software-defined data management.
HPE Synergy drives efficiency further in the way it scales storage and compute independently to deploy large-scale SDDC environments, as opposed to more rigid rack server configurations — helping businesses avoid costly overprovisioning scenarios.
Then there’s the bottom line. HPE Synergy drives down the cost per virtual machine by 29% compared to older blade infrastructures. That’s a compelling value proposition for most customers!
Making Composable Infrastructure a Practical Reality
How is a traditional hyper-converged infrastructure different than a composable one? Most traditional infrastructure solutions predate virtualization. As a result, they typically require new physical severs and customized networking and storage solutions to support new applications. Companies often need to build out additional silos of infrastructure to support different workloads — which increases data center costs and complexity. A composable infrastructure eliminates the need for workload‐specific environments. It provides resources that can be dynamically combined to meet the unique needs of any application, along with better application performance and a more agile, cost-effective data center overall. With traditional HCI, you scale out compute and storage as a single block. With composable HCI, you can scale them out independently.
HPE Synergy and VMware vSAN deliver the only composable infrastructure available today to run VMware environments. With HPE Synergy, the frame is the base infrastructure that pools resources for compute, storage, fabric, cooling, power, and scalability. Pair this unmatched flexibility with VMware vSAN and you have a perfect HCI solution—complete control to scale compute and storage independently so you can meet workload needs while containing costs. With traditional rack servers, compute and storage don’t scale independently limiting options and increasing costs.
Running Enterprise-Class Apps at the Edge
HPE Edgeline directly integrates with operation technologies (OT) which makes it the industry’s first converged OT solution and the only IoT edge solution running VMware. The combination allows companies to run the same, unmodified enterprise-class applications and management software stacks at both the edge and in the cloud. It also offers proven data center server-grade processing and storage at the edge.
Imagine the harsh conditions on an oil rig—not ideal for modern data center environments. HPE Edgeline was built with this environment in mind. Customers have successfully deployed this solution in just that kind of challenging environment with more than 100 IoT assets collecting data. Despite the remote locations of the rigs, the clients are able to perform all the local data collection, reporting, and optimization they need – while maintaining their access to global data for company-wide reporting. Most importantly, they have a highly available, modular system that they can deploy quickly, without any compromise in performance or capabilities.
Streamline Infrastructure Management
Just announced, HPE OneView 4.1 continues to streamline infrastructure management. Teams can intelligently manage infrastructure as workloads by deploying, updating, and automating clusters with cluster profiles and perform rolling cluster updates directly from vSphere clients. Pre-built integrations for VMware products such as vCenter, vRealize Operations, vRealize Orchestrator, and vRealize Log Insight allow users to manage their entire VMware and HPE portfolio from the environment they prefer.
Easy-to-use drag-and-drop capabilities automate HPE OneView-managed hardware deployments, rolling cluster firmware updates, and other key lifecycle tasks. By integrating HPE infrastructure management features directly into VMware, administrators can be more efficient as they use familiar toolsets to deploy, manage, and update HPE infrastructure resources directly from the vCenter console.
And now we further streamline infrastructure management while supercharging cloud application development. HPE OneSphere enables users to speed development of container-based applications in their private VMware-based clouds.
Teams can deploy a Kubernetes environment from the HPE OneSphere catalog to an existing VMware cluster. The same container workloads can be deployed on a Kubernetes cluster running in AWS or a private VMware cloud without any application code changes, so dev/test and production environments can be in different clouds for agility and cost benefits. That means developers can use standard Kubernetes tools consistently across clouds. And consistency across cloud environments simplifies manageability, increases agility, and improves overall operational efficiency.
HPE and VMware: The Past Is Prologue to a Future of Innovation
HPE and VMware share a commitment to innovation as they continue to help customers capitalize on the advantages of the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud. Customers can save as much as 30-40% on private cloud deployments, provision applications up to 20X faster, and get to market up to 15X faster to capitalize on competitive advantage. Together HPE and VMware are providing secure solutions centered around increasing agility and reducing operational overhead—critical for digital transformation.