by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announcing First Composable Platform For VMware Cloud Foundation

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced what it is calling the industry’s first composable platform for VMware Cloud Foundation, based on HPE Synergy. HPE points to several benefits of this platform including single-click deployment of traditional and private cloud workloads, the ability to deploy infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and private clouds in minutes, and lower the costs of VMs compared to public clouds and traditional server racks.

It seems as though demands on IT only go up. Now IT needs to be able to respond to line of business and developer initiatives with cloud speed, optimize their right mix of IT, including on-premises, hosted and public cloud, all while lowering CapEx and OpEx. HPE and VMware are trying to lower the burden with HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation. The platform extends HPE and VMware joint offerings, including vSphere and vRealize. Built on a common architecture and integration with HPE OneView, the new joint solutions allow IT admins to discover, manage, and optimize their virtualization environments.

Benefits to customers include:

  • Operate a single platform to run traditional bare metal, virtualized SAN-based environments and new vSAN-based workloads – HPE Synergy is the only platform available today that provides a single infrastructure for IT to dynamically compose their right mix of virtual, traditional and VMware Cloud Foundation, increasing business agility and resource utilization.
  • Become an internal service provider of IaaS and private clouds – Using HPE Synergy Image Streamer, IT can deploy infrastructure and VMware Cloud Foundation software in minutes with a few simple clicks, to respond quickly to line of business and accelerate customers’ DevOps initiatives.
  • Perform at cloud speed – HPE Synergy offers what it calls the industry’s fastest platform for VMware environments. HPE Synergy recently set the world record VMmark 2.x Performance Benchmark, performing 41% faster than the previous top-scoring server.
  • Reduce CapEx and OpEx while increasing productivity – HPE Synergy is the industry’s first platform based on composable infrastructure, delivering VMs at a 29% lower cost compared to traditional architectures and up to 50% less than public clouds. In addition, customers can increase IT administrator productivity by up to three times, as customers are seeing triple the number of IT devices managed by a single administrator.

The new HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud Foundation platform can be combined with HPE Flexible Capacity. HPE Flexible Capacity offers on-demand capacity in a pay-as-you-go consumption model. In other words, customers can scale up and down as business needs change and only pay for what they are using.

HPE is also announcing Private Cloud Express with VMware vRealize. This integrated solution is a combination of VMware vRealize and HPE SimpliVity 380. Private Cloud Express with VMware vRealize is aimed at remote and branch offices, particularly the ones trying to determine the best process for migrating applications.


VMware Cloud Foundation on HPE Synergy is expected to be certified and available from HPE and channel and distribution partners in late 2017. vSphere and vSAN are certified and available with HPE Synergy today. Private Cloud Express with VMware vRealize is targeted for availability in September.

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