Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new infrastructure offerings to enable resource-constrained small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to increase application performance and reduce risk without added cost.
As the role of IT continues to change from backend support to driving business value and outcomes, customers of all size are trying to move faster and gain agility. However, midsize businesses are often behind the curve due to budget constraints, manpower issues, and other pressures.
“SMBs continue to have infrastructure investment as one of their top IT spending priorities,” said Ray Boggs, VP SMB research, IDC. “Roughly one-third of SMBs with 50 or more employees cite server upgrades and network infrastructure as a top IT spending priority in the next 12 months. For many, the expanding use of cloud and hosted resources will depend on updating their on premise capabilities, with flash storage and hyperconverged servers of increasing interest.”
To help these customers more rapidly adapt and benefit from new technologies, HPE is introducing the right mix of systems, networking solutions, storage and financing programs, across the entire SMB spectrum ranging from 1 – 1,000 employees.
“IT budgets and staff are stretched across many priorities and demands, while challenged to obtain the technology needed to enable and support business growth,” said Vikram K, Senior Director, Data Center and Hybrid Cloud, HPE India. “To help SMBs continue to move in the right direction, HPE is delivering affordable access to new, advanced technology in a way that preserves cash, helps companies be more efficient and handle change.”
For midsize customers looking to provide predictable acceleration of business applications, HPE announced a flash portfolio update including a new, more powerful HPE MSA storage array; HPE Nimble Storage flash arrays; and an even more affordable all-flash HPE SimpliVity 380 Gen 10 hyperconverged system. Complementing these new all-flash systems is the new HPE StoreFabric M-Series switch, which provides industry-leading price and performance for Ethernet-based storage network connectivity.
Additionally, for midsize businesses looking to take advantage of the world’s most secure industry standard servers portfolio, the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10, ProLiant ML350 Gen10 and ProLiant DL580 Gen10 Servers are optimized for growing business needs while providing a balance of performance, price and versatility.
HPE has also introduced a new WiFi solution specifically designed for businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The HPE OfficeConnect OC20 provides secure, reliable and cost-effective business-grade Wi-Fi for businesses without dedicated IT resources.
Flash optimized HCI, storage and networking to accelerate hybrid IT
HPE SimpliVity 380
For the first time, small and midsize businesses now have access to affordable all-flash storage with the new HPE SimpliVity 380 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). HPE is announcing new entry-level SimpliVity 380 solutions that provide a 20% lower cost than leading competitors. These solutions will offer the benefits of all-flash storage—twice the performance of hybrid solutions with half the latency. The HPE SimpliVity 380 HCI targets midsize businesses who want the agility and economics of the cloud with the performance and protection of an on-premises solution. Built-in capabilities — including data protection, disaster recovery, deduplication, and compression — uniquely address key requirements and provide additional opportunities for consolidation and savings.
HPE Nimble Storage Flash Arrays
The HPE Nimble Storage Predictive Flash platform includes the most advanced predictive analytics engine in the industry for customers seeking a true next-generation all-flash solution. InfoSight predictive analytics is capable of addressing over 86% of storage issues before they occur and delivers six-nines measured availability. This technology offers both superior performance and the highest availability with options to scale to petabytes as a customer’s business grows. HPE announced the acquisition of Nimble Storage earlier this year and as of November 1, 2017, the full Nimble Storage portfolio of adaptive and all-flash offerings will be available exclusively from HPE channel partners worldwide.
MSA1050 Hybrid Storage Array
SMB customers must often choose between price and performance, but now these businesses are able to enjoy enterprise-grade storage at an affordable cost. SMBs will no longer be forced to put business priorities on the backburner due to high costs of enterprise storage. The new MSA1050 hybrid storage array starts under $5.5K, representing the lowest entry price point in the HPE shared storage portfolio. The flagship MSA 2050/2052 models deliver two times more performance than its previous generation for the same price1. HPE is enabling direct SAS connectivity for ProLiant Gen10 servers to MSA1050/2050 storage, providing access to flash storage without any network infrastructure required.
StoreFabric M-series Ethernet switches
For many SMB customers, the thought of deploying dedicated fibre channel network infrastructure for their flash systems is cost prohibitive and adds complexity. The HPE StoreFabric M-series switches enable SMBs to achieve an affordable, high-performance network infrastructure built for flash. The new family of HPE StoreFabric M-Series Ethernet switches provide flash-optimized networking over standard iSCSI connections. MSA, Nimble, 3PAR and SimpliVity customers can assure that their new flash solutions provide the maximum performance benefit for apps and users by deploying on a network architected for extreme low latency at an industry leading price point.
The world’s most secure industry standard servers now available for SMB IT environments
HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10, ProLiant ML350 Gen10 and ProLiant DL580 Gen10 Servers
Security is a top priority for all customers, and HPE is helping SMBs prevent attacks that disrupt their business. The security features on the ProLiant ML110 Gen10, ProLiant ML350 Gen10 and ProLiant DL580 Gen10 provide the ultimate protection against firmware attacks. The ProLiant ML110 Gen10 and ProLiant ML350 Gen10 servers offer a balance of performance, capacity, and manageability, and are the ideal choice for growing SMBs, remote offices and branch offices (ROBOs). Combined with ClearOS, They make IT simple, secure and affordable for SMBs and ROBOs. The ML110 Gen10 Server is the best performing single processor tower for SMBs and ROBOs, delivering a 21% performance boost over the previous generation. The ML350 Gen10 Server is ProLiant’s most powerful and versatile 2P tower, delivering a 71% performance boost and a 27% increase in cores over the previous generation. The secure HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen10 provides storage expandability and performance scalability going from two to four processors to support business critical applications for midsize businesses.
Business-grade Wi-Fi made simple for small business
HPE OfficeConnect OC20
Small businesses are going mobile and embracing new technologies such as cloud, mobility and unified communications to increase business efficiency and customer engagement. While Aruba is the mid-tier to large enterprise networking brand, HPE is extending its networking capabilities to small business with HPE OfficeConnect OC20. The HPE OfficeConnect OC20 is a cost-effective Wi-Fi solution designed for businesses without dedicated IT resources, and provides secure and reliable business-grade Wi-Fi that is easy to set up with an intuitive mobile app. With OC20, small businesses across all vertical industries can rapidly deploy and manage Wi-Fi. The HPE OfficeConnect OC20 Access Point is available to order now.
New consumption-based IT offering for SMBs
Consume IT for SMB
Consume IT for SMB is designed to simplify the procurement process and enable customers to pay for their technology as they use it – over time. SMB businesses can now select a complete solution from pre-defined options that include best-in class Gen10 servers, storage, and networking hardware, software, and support services, and then pay a predictable monthly subscription fee. To help SMBs compete in the age of digital disruption, HPE Financial Services offers a range of tailored IT investment solutions, including Consume IT for SMB.