HPE and AMD: A well-served partnership that bolsters the value of IT

AUGUST 7, 2019 • BLOG POST • MARK POTTER, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER HPE & DIRECTOR OF HPE LABS

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • The partnership between HPE and AMD is unlocking greater value in today’s hyper-connected, data-driven world – especially in the areas of virtualization and big data workloads
  • HPE is delivering record-breaking performance for database virtualization and power efficiency in the HPE ProLiant DL385 and DL325 Gen10 servers, which are based on the AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor

CTO Mark Potter shares how HPE and AMD are partnering to give IT infrastructure customers a sense of relief

Speed.
Security.
Agility.
And relief.

At HPE, we know first-hand the impact of these demands on IT leaders today. And we know that if you have solutions to the first three needs listed above built into your IT infrastructure, then a sense of relief from capex and opex pressures won’t be far behind.

And that is what the innovative, continually evolving partnership between HPE and AMD is providing for customers. We are unlocking greater value in today’s hyper-connected, data-driven world – especially in the areas of virtualization and big data workloads.

Earlier today, I had the great privilege to participate in AMD’s EPYC event in San Francisco, a gathering that reinforced the strong bond between our two companies. Sharing the stage with AMD CEO Lisa Su, I was reminded of the genesis of our alliance on the EPYC project – which is just three years old – to create an open server ecosystem that would accelerate innovation to transform our industry.

And that event was the perfect time to announce the latest advancement in our partnership – that HPE is delivering record-breaking performance for database virtualization (321 percent increase over the previous record) and power efficiency (28 percent increase) in the HPE ProLiant DL385 and DL325 Gen10 servers, which of course are based on the AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor. Plus, our servers are reducing maintenance and operational costs, providing faster uptime and workflow, and accelerating performance for data-intensive workloads.

When we introduced AMD EPYC processors into our HPE ProLiant server family in 2017, we knew we would be offering customers some powerful options to efficiently address a wide range of emerging technology needs.

Like speed! To date, we have set 37 world records for speed-based performance that is focused on driving critical workloads, quickly and efficiently. And with 2/3 of enterprise workloads virtualized today, achieving higher virtualization performance metrics means workloads are being delivered on time, and with less costs. This optimization of server resources is facilitated by HPE’s Workload Matching technology and the world’s most power-efficient 2-processor server.

Of course, these records aren’t relevant without the proper safeguards to cyberattacks. And HPE ProLiant servers are redefining the definition of “security,” as we are the only provider that offers industry-standard servers with leading security protection already built-in – our immutable silicon root of trust -- allowing us to authenticate the software running at boot time and as important provide a strong foundation to protect against an ever growing array of attacks.  And through our close partnership with AMD, we have linked our leadership silicon root of trust capabilities to the very strong security capability built into EPYC CPU which enables Secure Encrypted Memory and Secure Encrypted Virtualization.

There’s more! HPE and AMD are making agility commonplace for IT managers as we announced two big things that are significant.  First, our EPYC-based ProLiant servers are supported by Infosight , our industry leading AI Operations platform that uses machine learning across trillions of data points to automate and help these systems to be self-managing, self- healing and self-optimizing. Infosight has already saved customers over 1.5 million hours of downtime. Second and equally exciting is that our EYPC-equipped HPE ProLiant servers are now also available through HPE GreenLake – meaning they are delivered as a service and consumable on a pay-per-use model. Because of this flexibility, customers can focus on getting applications up and running quickly, without having to find capital infrastructure budget. And our approach is working – customers are saving as much as 30 percent on infrastructure costs and bringing IT projects to deployment in 1/3 the time.

As Lisa noted during our presentation, the HPE/AMD partnership is thriving. By next year, we will have tripled the size of our AMD-powered server portfolio.

And there’s much more innovation – and customer relief – to come.

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