HPE reshapes the HCI landscape: Taking HCI further



  • Disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure (dHCI) recognized by Gartner as a new HCI category
  • HPE Nimble Storage dHCI named as a Gartner Sample Vendor of this new technology
  • dHCI reduces infrastructure complexity while improving resiliency for gains in availability

In this 2-Part Series, HPE Vice President of Storage Marketing, Sandeep Singh, shares how HPE is uniquely accelerating growth in HCI by delivering innovation and choice for organizations

In Part 1 of this series, I was excited to share the explosive growth that HPE is having in HCI – growth that’s built on a unique strategy where we give our customers the right HCI solution for the use case. 

This strategy – while unique in the IT industry – is actually no different than how automotive manufacturers offer different classes of SUVs. Are you looking for a ruggedized vehicle to take you up the tallest mountain, tow your kids and their friends around the neighborhood, or just want to sit up high? The right SUV decision should take into consideration how you’ll use it to optimize fuel efficiency, towing capacity, comfort, and so forth. 

So, what’s this have to do with HCI? The answer comes down to doing what’s best for your workloads and your requirements. HPE isn’t in the business to say, “it’s my way or the highway.” We’re giving choice, so our customers can get the outcomes they need without compromises.   Perhaps you’re looking to simplify operations at the edge and power mainstream apps, or you want to save on hypervisor licenses. With HPE, you’ll get the right HCI solution.

And just like how crossover SUVs have expanded the SUV category and taken the market by storm in recent years, the HCI category right now is also experiencing its crossover SUV moment. A moment that serves as an inflection point for the industry to give organizations what they now want from HCI.

As we look forward, our customers are asking us to take HCI further. They love it as they see the opportunity to simplify, but they know the architecture isn’t the right fit for business-critical apps and mixed-workloads without compromising reliability, performance, and efficiency. And so, we’re excited to share that the latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Compute Infrastructure showcases HPE with the introduction of a new category that we helped to pioneer to address these use cases – disaggregated HCI.

A new technology emerges, reinforcing our HCI strategy for choice

Every year, Gartner recognizes the emergence of new technologies to educate the market on new trends based on customer demand. This year, they’ve included a new technology called dHCI on the Hype Cycle for Compute Infrastructure 2020 – naming HPE Nimble Storage dHCI as a Sample Vendor. According to Gartner, “dHCI offers the simplified management model of HCI while allowing compute and storage to be expanded independently.” They state “dHCI can provide increased agility, reduced service costs as well as increase the likelihood of meeting service levels. I&O [infrastructure and operations] leaders who successfully implement a dHCI solution will view dHCI as a strategic investment that enables an automated, agile architecture that delivers the flexibility and scalability required for modern business.”

The takeaway? dHCI is a new technology that in our opinion extends HCI into business-critical apps and mixed-workloads. dHCI takes HCI further by overcoming the architectural limitations of traditional HCI for demanding applications and larger scale environments. It eliminates the latency of east-west traffic. It drives up higher reliability by isolating application compute from data services. And it delivers significantly higher resource efficiency at scale.

We’re humbled that Gartner named HPE Nimble Storage dHCI as a Sample Vendor of this new, emerging technology. It reinforces how our customers are asking us to evolve HCI to reduce infrastructure complexity while improving resiliency for gains in availability, addressing performance-hungry workloads, and lowering costs for better economics. And this reflects how this offering is resonating strongly with customers – in HPE’s most recent, Q3 2020 earnings, HPE reported 112% year-on-year growth in Nimble Storage dHCI.

It all comes down to what our customers need

I’m incredibly proud of our team for these major achievements and thankful for our customers trusting us with their businesses. The recent HCI market share data, the Gartner Hype Cycle, and other industry feedback affirm that we have the right HCI strategy required by our customers – with best-of-breed solutions that deliver the simplicity of HCI to all of their applications without compromise.

Additional Resources

Gartner, Hype Cycle for Compute Infrastructure, 2020, Tony Harvey, Daniel Bowers, Chirag Dekate, 8 July 2020

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