HPE Smart Connect Manager

Network automation that simplifies rack server networking at scale for cloud service providers by using predefined server networking bundles and zero-touch provisioning.

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How networking infrastructure enables digital business
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Unburden IT with smart network automation

Your network IT team is trapped in a cycle of daily manual tasks that devour your IT resources, drive up costs and divert attention from critical strategic innovation. Break the cycle with touch-free task management that liberates your IT team from the burden of everyday network management tasks. HPE Smart Connect Manager leverages HPE ProLiant server and Arista networking technology to simplify and automate rack server networking for large enterprises and cloud service providers who deploy at scale.

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Scale out deployments with confidence

Deliver comprehensive network deployment automation across multiple racks with predefined, workload-specific configuration bundles. Be fast and agile while reducing error-prone manual network setup tasks. Gain insight into what’s really going on with your rack server connectivity, as well as the ability to adapt it in real time using a single, intuitive software tool.

Quickly and easily interconnect servers

When you need to stand up two or more racks of DL360/ DL380/ DL385/ DL560/ DL580 servers rapidly, HPE Smart Connect Manager can help speed infrastructure provisioning by up to 93 percent versus manual1, CLI-based network provisioning, using innovative zero-touch provisioning technologies. Seamlessly provision top-of-rack switches and rack servers and be workload-ready for bare metal, containers or server virtualisation deployments.

Simplify processes

Simplify decisions and streamline the procurement process with 86 percent fewer order SKUs2 to manage. HPE Smart Connect Bundles are easy-to-buy workload solutions that lower business risks with automated, tested and repeatable deployment processes.

Easily scale

Be responsive and adapt your data centre to business needs while reducing downtime from human middleware – the cause of 70 percent of centre outages3. Scale from two to 15 racks easily, delivering business value with simplified network management, operation and maintenance.

Reduce costs

Reduce operating costs and make faster decisions while freeing skilled resources to work on higher-value projects. Improve resiliency while decreasing risk with the industry-standard leaf-and-spine data centre network architecture.

Network automation as a strategy

“CIOs must stress the importance of increasing automation throughout their organisations. This is particularly true among the networking areas, where network automation has lagged behind other areas.” Gartner

Gartner, Make Networking a Critical Strategic Infrastructure Resource for Enabling Digital Business, Dennis Smith, Dale Kutnick, 14 July 2017. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

Network automation portfolio

HPE Smart Connect Bundles pair Smart Connect Manager with a hardware and licensing kit to fit your network configuration.

HPE Smart Connect Balanced Workload Kit

HPE Smart Connect Balanced Workload Kit

Two Arista 7160 25 GbE ToR switches; One Arista 7010T 1 GbE out-of-band (OOB) management switch; C13-C14 power patch cables; Arista Advanced L3 licences; Arista CloudVision licence; HPE Smart Connect Manager licence

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HPE Smart Connect Big Data Workload Kit

HPE Smart Connect Big Data Workload Kit

Two Arista 7280R2A 25 GbE ToR switches; One Arista 7010T 1GbE out-of-band (OOB) management switch; C13-C14 power patch cables; Arista Advanced L3 licences; Arista CloudVision licence; HPE Smart Connect Manager licence

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HPE Smart Connect Server Connectivity Kit

HPE Smart Connect Server Connectivity Kit

Two HPE 3-metre 25 GbE direct-attach cables and one HPE Cat5e 3-metre copper cable

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HPE Smart Connect Rack Connectivity Kit

HPE Smart Connect Rack Connectivity Kit

Eight Arista QSFP28 transceivers; Two Arista SFP+ transceivers; Five HPE Premier Flex 15-metre fibre cables

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HPE Smart Connect Fabric Kit

HPE Smart Connect Fabric Kit

Two Arista 7160 100 GbE spine switches; One Arista 7150 10 GbE OOB spine switch C13-C14 power patch cables; Arista Advanced L3 licences; Arista CloudVision licence

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Solution Brief : HPE Smart Connect Bundles

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Solution Brief

HPE Smart Connect Bundles

Infographic : Interconnect large numbers of servers quickly and easily

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Interconnect large numbers of servers quickly and easily

Analyst Report : Make Networking a Critical Strategic Infrastructure Resource for Enabling Digital Business

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Analyst Report

Since enterprises' digital business initiatives rely on agile, robust connectivity, data centre networking will become an increasingly critical enabler for such activities. CIOs must ensure they have the right networking people, processes, technology and investments to drive and not inhibit these initiatives. This Gartner Report discusses key challenges and recommendations in making networking a critical strategic infrastructure resource for enabling digital business.

1. HPE internal testing, standing up four server racks with 128 servers, with leaf-spine 25/100 GbE switching fabric with VxLAN. Assumes all racking and cabling already completed.

2. Based on HPE application workload kit bundles (e.g., ordering 36 individual SKU parts vs. only 5 bundled Smart Connect Manager SKUs).

3. Uptime Institute:  HPE Smart Connect Manager can help reduce downtime with pre-configured, validated solution bundles and reference designs.

4. Based on external firm conducting cybersecurity penetration testing of a range of server products from a range of manufacturers, May 2017.