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Discover offers strategic glimpse of the future

By John Oates

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Discover conference in Las Vegas revealed the organisation’s next steps towards the hybrid-based, memory-centred enterprise infrastructure which it sees as the future for business technology.

There were updates to its ProLiant server range, to its edge computing systems and most importantly the company gave a glimpse of its strategy for the next generation of IT management systems.

HPE has identified the challenge for enterprises which have developed a hybrid infrastructure almost by accident. While IT departments create private in-house cloud platforms and run traditional data centres individual business departments are simultaneously sourcing their own public cloud services.

Managing this ad hoc infrastructure can reduce the benefits that a flexible hybrid infrastructure should bring to any organisation. Bringing strategic control back to the IT department can improve security, reduce duplication of services and deliver associated cost savings.

Project New Stack is the way out of this maze. It will bring the ease of one control system for public clouds, private clouds and traditional IT infrastructure. This means applications will be able to call up the functions and capabilities they need from anywhere on an enterprise’s resource platform.

HPE customers can already achieve much of this with HPE Simplivity for storage management and HPE Synergy to run other aspects of the technology estate.

But New Stack will open this up even more to allow ‘build anywhere, deploy everywhere’. This means cloud-native applications which can shift to in-house hardware if necessary as well as shifting applications which were developed on in-house systems to move seamlessly to the cloud in order to scale quickly as required.

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New Stack will be ready for beta testers by this autumn before a wider roll-out and probably a new name next year.

Ric Lewis, Senior VP and GM of HPE’s Software-Defined and Cloud Group, said: “Hybrid IT is here to stay, and HPE will help make it simple. The advancements we’re making today with HPE SimpliVity and HPE Synergy, and in the future with Project New Stack, will take our composable capabilities to the next level so our customers can succeed in their digital transformation initiatives.”

HPE also used the Las Vegas event to provide details of the Machine User Group – an open forum for developers who want to know more about programming for its next generation massive memory platform.

A working prototype of The Machine was announced recently and HPE hopes the group will enable sharing of training, resources and best practise for what could be an industry-changing shift in how computers function. The company expects Machine technology to shift across its whole product line not be a stand alone device.

More immediately HPE announced a deal with ClearCenter to bring the benefits of composable infrastructure to small and medium businesses which might not have the dedicated resources of a big IT department.

HPE is shipping a ProLiant MicroServer pre-loaded with ClearOS – a Linux based operating system from ClearCenter.

The box will plug straight into most environments and provides a simple web-based control panel and a built-in application store for ease of deployment, optimisation and management.

At the higher end HPE is bringing chip-based security to its ProLiant range – there’s more on CBRonline here:

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