Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month.
HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix.
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HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell, EMC and VMware. Whitman promised installation in “minutes” using HP’s system, a “simple mobile array user experience” and automate IT operations “all at 20 per cent lower than Nutanix.”
“We believe this new system will allow us to quickly become a top player in the $5bn high-growth, hyper-converged market,” she said.
Whitman unveiled HPE’s convergence play while announcing her company’s first-quarter fiscal 2016 results. HPE’s chief reckoned she felt “really good” about what’s coming, especially given it was built in house and what she reckoned was a “record time.”
As she would, Whitman reckoned it could turn HP into a leader.
“The hyper-converged market is big. It's growing fast,” Whitman told Wall Street. “It's also getting pretty crowded. You've seen a lot of announcements over the last couple of months, but we very much like this product from a side-by-side comparison and features and functionality to our competitors.”
Converged systems are not new but what’s driving hyper-convergence is the fact it affords customers the opportunity to tidy up their data centres. However, unlike nasty old SDX – that turns the hardware into software – it gives hardware makers fresh reason to sell their existing, if updated, server lines.
Hyper-convergence takes the idea of the ever-more integrated server with the addition of software-defined storage.
Nutanix has been earmarked as a category leader in this emerging market by Gartner. A field of smaller firms also date from around the same time as Nutanix – including SimpliVity and Maxta, to name but two.
This week, however, Cisco announced its HyperFlex system, a pair of appliances using the Springpath HALO software. It comes after EMC’s VCE announced the VxRail server-based storage cluster in six models all based on Dell’s PowerEdge servers. Dell also offers its VRTX product.
They will all compete against VMware’s EVO:RAIL plus. ®