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February 6, 2017updated 28 Mar 2017 5:23pm

HPE steps up convergence with SimpliVity buy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is backing its bet on hyper-convergence with the $650m purchase of SimpliVity and promising customers that there will be real combined products available within just 60 days.

By John Oates

SimpliVity makes software-defined data management products which HPE believes will slot straight into its flagship software-defined infrastructure and cloud management products.


The two companies offered customers a roadmap of how the two will integrate their technologies when the two announced the purchase.


HPE pledged to have SimpliVity Omni Stack software qualified for its ProLiant DL380 servers within two months of the all-cash deal closing.


In a statement it further said: “In the second half of 2017, the company will offer a range of integrated HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged systems based on HPE ProLiant Servers.”

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The market for hyperconverged kit and software is already worth $2.5bn a year and is expected to see compound annual growth 25 per cent until 2020.


SimpliVity was founded in 2009 to provide cloud economics for enterprises dealing with large, legacy data management issues. It provides always-on backup and de duplication for resilient backup and security.


Compression and storage optimisation can offer serious savings, simpler data management and easier data portability.


HPE’s focus on hybrid infrastructure for enterprises running systems across public and private clouds should provide a good fit for SimpliVity’s products especially its de duplication technology which works well across multiple sites.


Meg Whitman, President and CEO, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in a statement:

“This transaction expands HPE’s software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers. More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics.  That’s exactly where we’re focused.”

The deal will make sense for as long as enterprises remain a mixture of both public and private cloud and their own on-premises data centres and storage. The advantages of the different types of technology show no sign of disappearing and even the most cloud-friendly companies still see the advantage of running their own kit in their own data centres for at least some enterprise functions.


In a world of big data, due to increase massively with further Internet of Things projects, it seems like storage and associated technologies will keep their central place in setting business IT strategy.


SimpliVity promises simple management of the complex business of running storage and back-up over several sites. It claims to be able to do for data centres what smartphones did – instead of having a digital camera, a phone, a GPS-unit, music player and computer – we now all carry a smartphone which includes all those functions.


It claims to be able to do the same for the data centre functions of computing, storage, networking and other data centre onto one server and one management suite.


There is certainly a need for simpler, quicker data centre management which can free up staff to work on more profitable development and strategic work.

As a result of the deal HPE will continue to support existing SimpliVity customers but looking forward the two will work together to improve portals for running resources with more predictive analysis to ease management headaches and accelerate the ability to deploy new resources when needed.

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