What is HPE SimpliVity?

At its most basic, hyperconverged infrastructure combines physical servers and storage with data services inside a single chassis or hyperconverged node. Whereas other brands converge only part of the infrastructure, HPE SimpliVity converges the entire IT stack in each node, consolidating as many as 10 devices and apps in a simple, powerful building block for virtualised environments. Architected to empower the VM administrator, HPE SimpliVity improves the management, protection, efficiency and performance of virtualised workloads.

History of HPE SimpliVity


Prior to HPE’s acquisition, SimpliVity delivered hyperconverged infrastructure on a variety of industry-standard x86 platforms. These appliances were marketed as SimpliVity OmniCubes.


In 2017, Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired SimpliVity and now offers HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure – complete software-defined solutions that are designed, built and supported by HPE.



Key HPE SimpliVity innovations


Legacy IT infrastructure, composed of silos of compute, storage, network and data protection platforms, is not well suited for today’s workloads and on-demand applications. Since 2015, hyperconverged solutions have simplified the data centre by combining compute and storage into one software-defined platform; however, true hyperconvergence needs to do more. With the growth of virtualisation and increasing business demands, IT infrastructure is now comprised of a mind-boggling mix of components and applications for backup and deduplication, WAN optimisation, storage caching and more. These environments can be composed of a dozen hardware and software products from nearly as many vendors, with different management interfaces and training requirements. 


HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure combines the entire IT stack into a single hyperconverged node, providing the agility and economics of the cloud with enterprise-grade performance and data protection. The all-flash, scalable, pre-integrated building blocks support a variety of virtualised workloads and use cases, including data protection, data centre consolidation, Tier-1 applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and complete “data-centre-in-a-box” deployments at the edge.


HPE SimpliVity features and innovations include:

• VM-centric management and mobility for guaranteed simplicity
• Inline deduplication, compression and optimisation are applied to all data at inception, for increased efficiency and application performance.
• Built-in data protection and resiliency features, including automation and orchestration tools to automate failover and failback for disaster recovery
• The ability to cluster and federate systems into a shared resource pool that delivers high availability, mobility and efficient scaling of performance and capacity

To further boost performance and manageability, HPE SimpliVity solutions can be integrated with intelligent networking fabric, HPE Composable Fabric, which allocates bandwidth dynamically, based on application awareness and priority. HPE Composable Fabric technology automates network management operations with end-to-end visualisation of the network from a single user interface.

Current HPE SimpliVity models


HPE SimpliVity 380
The industry’s most complete hyperconverged solution on the world’s best-selling server platform, the HPE ProLiant DL380 server. HPE SimpliVity 380 is the only hyperconverged system that can deliver 52:1 data storage efficiency and back up a 1 TB virtual machine in under 60 seconds.

HPE SimpliVity 2600
The same resilient software as HPE SimpliVity 380 in a rack-dense hyperconverged form factor. This software optimised model is an ideal choice for general virtualisation, remote office and VDI environments.

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Documentation : Explore the HPE SimpliVity document library


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White Paper : Datacentres Leverage HPE SimpliVity to Drive Operational Simplicity, Improved Performance and Other Critical Datacentre Benefits

White Paper | PDF | 273 KB

IDC whitepaper highlights market trends that have driven a dramatic increase in real world hyperconverged infrastructure deployments. In-depth customer interviews and an IDC web survey of end users reveal considerable operational efficiency and performance gains with HPE SimpliVity infrastructure. Customers report: • 71% of production workloads run on HPE SimpliVity systems • 91% increase in time spent on innovation and new projects • Vastly improved backup/recovery environments (in fact, 55% of customers retired existing third-party backup or replication software)

eBook : Introduction to Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Top Use Cases

eBook | PDF | 2.2MB

Updated Gorilla Guide dives into hyperconverged architecture, exploring how it works, key use cases and workloads.