Move involves integrating hardware vendor’s managed service and Synergy composable infrastructure with VMware’s cloud platform
At the VMworld 2019 show on Monday, HPE announced that enterprises using VMware Cloud Foundation can now run the platform on its GreenLake pay-per-use managed service.
The Lowdown: HPE’s GreenLake enables organizations to run their workloads in cloud-like environments in their own data centers and pay only for the resources they use, reducing costs, improving capacity planning, and accelerating deployments of new IT projects. Through the collaboration with VMware, mutual customers will now be able to run their VMware Cloud Foundation environments as a service on HPE’s Synergy composable infrastructure.
The Details: Through the Synergy infrastructure, enterprises can dynamically configure and scale resources to address the demands of their VMware Cloud Foundation workloads and can use HPE’s Right Mix Advisor solution to determine which workloads should move to the public cloud and which should remain on-premises. It also will help with selecting the best way to migrate those workloads.
The integration of GreenLake, Synergy, and VMware Cloud Foundation will allow customers to leverage both virtual machines (VMs) and containers for moving and managing their applications in hybrid cloud environments. With GreenLake, organizations can reduce their TCO by 30% and accelerate IT project deployments by 65%, HPE said.
The Impact: Enterprises are turning to the cloud in large part due to the improved economics, flexibility, and speed it delivers, but not all applications should move to the public cloud. GreenLake is designed to bring the benefits of the cloud on premises. It also gives channel partners another tool to offer their customers as they increasingly adopt hybrid cloud strategies, embracing a mix of public cloud – and often multicloud – and more traditional on-premises environments.
Background: A year after launching GreenLake, HPE officials early this summer announced a plan to offer the company’s entire portfolio as a service by 2022 via subscription, consumption-driven, and pay-as-you-go sales models. GreenLake will be the foundation of that effort. GreenLake also is HPE’s fastest-growing business, with more than $2.8 billion in total contract value and more than 600 customers. HPE also is working with such tech partners as Google and Nutanix to expand customer choice.
The Buzz: “Cloud has fundamentally changed customers’ expectations around IT. They seek an experience that allows them to act with agility and dynamically compose resources based on business demands,” said Phil Davis, president of hybrid IT at HPE. “VMware and HPE have a long history of co-innovation, and today we’re enabling customers to bring the cloud experience to their data center. Our vision is built on a single platform that can span across multiple clouds and puts companies in a better position to take advantage of new business opportunities without the management complexity and cost.”
“Customers demand a cloud experience that offers high levels of flexibility and functionality to deliver consistent infrastructure and operations,” said John Gilmartin, general manager and senior vice president of VMware’s hyperconverged infrastructure business unit. “VMware is working closely with HPE to give our mutual customers the freedom and flexibility to consume hybrid cloud as a service, empowering them to unleash the full potential of the hybrid cloud. This will enable organizations with greater degrees of cost management, business automation, and innovation.”
Channelnomics Point of View: HPE is working hard to stay ahead of rivals like Dell EMC and Lenovo in offering as-a-service capabilities for a wide range of IT resources, a model that will continue to drive the growing hybrid cloud environment. It also is targeting enterprises that run VMware workloads by basing the latest offering on its Synergy composable infrastructure, which again is steps ahead of the composable efforts of competitors, such as Dell EMC with its Kinetic infrastructure.
HPE also will continue to leverage its broad array of reseller and systems integrator channel partners that help guide end users in their expanding cloud efforts and can bring their own technologies and services into the mix.