HPE offers its HPC solutions as a service through HPE GreenLake

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is accelerating mainstream enterprise adoption of high performance computing (HPC) by offering its HPC solutions as a service through HPE GreenLake. The new HPE GreenLake cloud services for HPC allow customers to combine the power of an agile, elastic, pay-per-use cloud experience with the world’s most-proven, market-leading HPC systems from HPE. Now any enterprise can tackle their most demanding compute and data-intensive workloads, to power AI and ML … More

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StorMagic SvSAN validated with HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems

StorMagic announced that StorMagic SvSAN has been validated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Edgeline Converged Edge Systems. The joint edge hyperconverged (HCI) solution meets all of the unique compute, storage and networking requirements found at the edge, including simplicity, high density and the ability to deliver 100 percent uptime.

“StorMagic SvSAN provides an easy to use, reliable and affordable HCI solution for HPE Edgeline customers at their edge locations,” said Shelly Anello, General Manager of Converged Edge Systems at HPE.

“Size, weight and power optimized Edgeline systems are purpose-built for the far edge, and with SvSAN can deliver a portable, rugged and highly-available HCI solution for distributed deployments.”

StorMagic SvSAN runs on any hypervisor as a guest virtual machine to enable complete, highly-available shared storage and virtualization with only two Edgeline servers per site. Its shared storage executes active-active synchronous mirroring to create a copy of data on both servers, eliminating downtime.

The compact bladed architecture and integrated networking of the Edgeline EL4000 and EL8000 series allow multi-server SvSAN clusters to be built within tight space constraints of the edge. These clusters can also run without degradation in harsh operating environment of remote locations without a need for a separate protective enclosure.

“HPE is one of few server vendors that is designing servers specifically for the edge, and has incorporated the same high-performance technologies and security found in their datacenter-class systems,” said Brian Grainger, CRO and board member, StorMagic.

“Paired with SvSAN, the clusters are small, easy to manage and deliver 100 percent uptime. Our joint solution is ideal for edge environments, which can be found in a multitude of locations, like small datacenters, factories, distribution centers or remote and branch offices.”

HPE GreenLake for VDI cloud services provides solutions optimized for each type of remote worker

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new HPE GreenLake cloud services and partnerships for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that support organizations’ expanding remote workforces and provide essential business continuity.

The new HPE GreenLake for VDI cloud services provide organizations with a proven set of technologies to adapt to a rapidly growing remote employee population through simplified management, faster time to productivity, more security and control, and cost savings.

The new cloud services also leverage technologies from key HPE partners including Citrix, Nutanix, NVIDIA, and VMware.

According to IDC, “Pre COVID-19, only 20% of organizations had at-home workers. But over half of organizations expect to have employees working from home at the end of 2020.”

A recent study by Gartner also showed that almost half of employers now see remote working as part of their go-forward model, up from less than a third before the pandemic – and around 80% of employees would like to work remotely some of the time.

HPE provides industry-leading cloud services and solutions that empower organizations to re-think the way people work, including from home and on mobile devices, by delivering a secure, customized, productive, and exceptional user experience to employees.

In April, HPE announced a series of VDI offerings that enable customers to adapt to a growing remote workforce, and today HPE is winning a significant number of new customers for VDI initiatives across a range of industries, including recently announced wins with Kern County and Petsure.

The announcement builds on this momentum, with the delivery of specialized VDI offerings to support specific roles and use cases, and expanded partnerships that provide complete solutions to customers.

With HPE GreenLake for VDI, customers can select the type of workers they want to support in their organization and the size of their remote workforce. Based on that, HPE offers customers the right mix of computers and devices, and delivers services in modules optimized for each user type, as a service.

The new designed VDI configurations are optimized for each type of remote worker, including knowledge users, task users, power users, and engineering users, and the right configuration is priced, built, and shipped in predefined 100-300-500-1000 sizes.

Customers are billed monthly based on usage, and can scale up or down as needed. This enables secure remote working optimized for all types of workers in an organization:

  • Power users, such as application developers, who need more intensive use of office applications, have mid-level graphics requirements or multiple screens –now can have their applications delivered in a persistent or non-persistent model using HPE ProLiant servers or HPE Nimble Storage dHCI hyperconverged systems and NVIDIA GPUs coupled with NVIDIA Virtual PC software.
  • Engineering workers, who are professionals with intensive graphics or data analysis requirements such as CAD/CAE users or financial traders, will now benefit from GPU-assisted compute and from storing data on high performance storage located close to compute resources to minimize latency, using HPE ProLiant servers or HPE Nimble Storage dHCI hyperconverged systems and NVIDIA GPUs coupled with NVIDIA Virtual Workstation software.
  • Knowledge workers, with predominant use of office productivity applications and browsing, can be scalable to hundreds of thousands of users through using HPE ProLiant servers, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI or HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged systems.
  • Task workers, who typically use a small number of low compute-intensive applications such as call center representatives, now can use HPE ProLiant servers or HPE Nimble Storage dHCI hyperconverged systems.

“Our clients are wrestling with the sudden move to working from home caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Keith White, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HPE GreenLake Cloud Services.

“Beyond the initial measures that we all had to take, organizations are now thinking more strategically in the new normal post-pandemic working world, and asking for our help to shape what the future workplace looks like.

“With HPE GreenLake for VDI, we can deliver standardized, tested solutions as a service that improve security and productivity while reducing cost and simplifying management.”

Expanding HPE ecosystem of partners

HPE is expanding the way that customers can purchase HPE GreenLake for VDI through its ecosystem of partners. In addition to offering VDI from Citrix, HPE now can include VMware Horizon, as many customers have standardized on one or both, as well as NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) technology for the more demanding workloads.

Customers can also choose to leverage the popular Nutanix hyperconverged (HCI) software to deliver VDI services with HPE GreenLake. Also available as part of the HPE ProLiant server family, HPE ProLiant DX powered by Nutanix software enables customers to build their private and hybrid clouds with simplified infrastructure management and the added consumption flexibility of HPE GreenLake.

“Work is no longer a place as large numbers of employees continue to work productively from anywhere – whether in their homes, public spaces and as needed from socially distanced offices.

“Regardless of where they happen to be, employees need secure and reliable access to the systems and applications they need to get work done, along with a consistent experience that minimizes distractions and interruptions so they can perform at their best,” said Liz Fuller, VP Alliance Marketing, Citrix.

“HPE has chosen Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop service as a leading solution to help customers get the best of both worlds in a flexible, pay-per-use and hybrid way of working with HPE GreenLake.”

“The appeal and even the necessity of VDI has strengthened across organizations everywhere due to the increased need to accommodate remote workers. We are proud to support these evolving requirements by partnering with HPE and enabling customers’ virtual desktop environments with VMware Horizon to be more intelligent – providing simplified management, more security, better cost efficiency and better user experience than ever before,” said Bharath Rangarajan, Vice President, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware.

“We look forward to helping organizations leverage innovative VDI solutions to meet even their most stringent, security-focused business requirements.”

“Nutanix has helped power virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)-centric Digital Workspaces for thousands of organizations and millions of end users thanks to our innovative Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure software architecture delivering security, performance, reliability and flexibility,” said Tarkan Maner, Chief Commercial Officer at Nutanix.

“Nutanix hybrid and multicloud solutions, in conjunction with HPE GreenLake, offer organizations complete choice in consumption and operating models enabling businesses to continue operations during the pandemic and beyond. Nutanix and HPE have seen a successful ramp of our partnership over the past year and look forward to tremendous growth ahead.”

“VDI solutions that enable graphics-intensive work for power users as well as creative and technical professionals are needed now more than ever as many employees work from home,” said Anne Hecht, Senior Director of Product Marketing for GPU Virtualization Software at NVIDIA.

“HPE GreenLake VDI as a service supports NVIDIA vGPU to give users access to virtual desktops and workstations with the performance they need to work from anywhere.”

Furthermore, HPE’s ecosystem includes the leading system integrators who have chosen to implement their services using HPE GreenLake. Partners such as Wipro and Accenture, offer their own advanced workplaces services leveraging HPE GreenLake.

HPE also announced a partnership with Wipro to deliver hybrid cloud and VDI solutions as a service through HPE GreenLake.

HPE GreenLake Cloud Services provide customers with a powerful foundation to drive digital transformation through an elastic as a service platform that can run on-premises, at the edge, or in a colocation facility. HPE GreenLake combines the simplicity and agility of the cloud with the governance, compliance, and visibility that comes with hybrid IT.

HPE GreenLake offers a range of cloud services that accelerate innovation, including cloud services for compute, container management, data protection, HPC, machine learning operations, networking, SAP HANA, and storage, VDI, and VMs.

The HPE GreenLake Cloud Services business is rapidly growing with over $4 billion USD in total contract value, over 700 partners selling HPE GreenLake, and more than 1000 customers in all industry sectors and sizes including Fortune 500 companies.

HPE optimizes the partner experience with extensive enablement opportunities

HPE announced enhancements to the HPE Partner Ready Program to help partners advance on their as a service journey, capture growing market opportunities, and drive increased sales growth in the SMB segment.

The fiscal year 2021 HPE Partner Ready Program is designed to provide partners with a profitable compensation model, access to financial resources and robust enablement opportunities. The program offers a unique, personalized approach to learning that helps partners differentiate themselves in increasingly competitive markets, grow their business and drive joint success with HPE.

Today nearly 70 percent of HPE’s annual sales are transacted through HPE’s channel ecosystem, which is more than 80,000 partners strong. HPE’s channel has also been a significant driver of as a service growth, and indirect HPE GreenLake orders have increased 85 percent YoY.

The program updates unveiled today include:

Partner experience

AI-powered proposals and robotic process automation (RPA): To further streamline the deals cycle, partners can leverage the Primary Storage Opportunity Engine (PSOE) to quickly develop a proposal containing an approved quote, sizing and performance data, associated Infosight intelligence and more. This not only creates an easy-to-understand proposal for partners to discuss with customers, but allows them to reduce the number of meetings involved in the sales cycle by an average of five meetings. Partners also benefit from the speed of RPA to drastically cut the time required for deal registration approvals.

HPE FlexOffers: HPE has improved the purchase experience to allow partners to create customized built-to-order (BTO) product configurations at bundled-discount pricing, dispatched from distribution inventory. This new capability will be rolled out to distributors worldwide starting in November 2020, and built into HPE iQuote, HPE’s streamlined quoting tool which presents pre-approved discounts and promotional prices in real-time.

Enhanced sales certifications: Accessible via the new HPE Sales Pro Learning Center, sales certifications in FY21 will provide a modern, intuitive, mobile-friendly and interactive experience to help partners quickly align with HPE strategies and reduce out-of-office time. “Learning checks” strategically placed within modules and an assessment at the end allow partners to efficiently demonstrate content mastery and complete their certification entirely within HPE Sales Pro.

Extended demo program: HPE’s demo program includes new demo options, easier access to the HPE portfolio and allows partners to purchase their own demo equipment at steep discounts. Partners can also access new interactive demos on the HPE Demo Portal which offer clickable, simulator-based environments that enable users to “interact” with HPE solutions with zero risk of failing. Partners continue to benefit from remote live or recorded demos and proof of concepts, as well as from live or virtual tours of any HPE Customer Innovation Centers.

As a Service

Dedicated as a service enablement: In FY21, HPE is extending partner enablement related to HPE GreenLake with a new “HPE GreenLake Introduction and Business Planning Workshop” to help partners assess their as a service strategy and become proficient in selling HPE GreenLake. The workshop is composed of consultative sessions with HPE GreenLake transformation experts who advise partners on opportunities for growth and the integration of HPE GreenLake into their service portfolios.

Competitive compensation: The HPE Partner Ready Program maintains one of the most competitive as a service compensation models, rewarding partners with 3x-5x higher compensation for sales on strategic HPE business areas such as HPE GreenLake, the HPE Ezmeral Software Portfolio and the HPE Storage Portfolio.

SMB

Margin and price protection: HPE supports partners focused on “new logo” deals with options for upfront benefits and price protection.

Promotions and rewards: HPE will expand SMB and mid-market opportunities for partners by offering promotions and rewarding partners through geography-specific incentives and bonuses via the industry leading loyalty and incentive program HPE ENGAGE&GROW and HPE Financial Services.

SMB and mid-market co-selling: To engage partners from across the ecosystem and drive further profitability, HPE is expanding co-selling opportunities between solution providers and service providers. These new offers are available via the Cloud28+ platform and community.

“Each year we design our Partner Ready program using partner feedback, thus providing our channel with an unmatched combination of sales and field enablement, and financial incentives and rewards, to help them drive joint success with HPE,” said George Hope, HPE Worldwide Head of Partner Sales. “HPE’s as a service strategy is establishing incredible traction through our channel, and so it remains critical to bolster our partners with the strongest program framework and breadth of opportunities to optimize their experience, help them establish differentiation and grow their expertise.”

Bug in widely used bootloader opens Windows, Linux devices to persistent compromise

A vulnerability (CVE-2020-10713) in the widely used GRUB2 bootloader opens most Linux and Windows systems in use today to persistent compromise, Eclypsium researchers have found. The list of affected systems includes servers and workstations, laptops and desktops, and possibly a large number of Linux-based OT and IoT systems.

CVE-2020-10713

What’s more, the discovery of this vulnerability has spurred a larger effort to audit the GRUB2 code for flaws and, as a result, seven CVE-numbered flaws and many others without a CVE have been brought to light (and have or will be fixed).

BootHole (CVE-2020-10713)

CVE-2020-10713, named “BootHole” by the researchers who discovered it, can be used to install persistent and stealthy bootkits or malicious bootloaders that will operate even when the Secure Boot protection mechanism is enabled and functioning.

“The vulnerability affects systems using Secure Boot, even if they are not using GRUB2. Almost all signed versions of GRUB2 are vulnerable, meaning virtually every Linux distribution is affected,” the researchers explained.

“In addition, GRUB2 supports other operating systems, kernels and hypervisors such as Xen. The problem also extends to any Windows device that uses Secure Boot with the standard Microsoft Third Party UEFI Certificate Authority. Thus the majority of laptops, desktops, servers and workstations are affected, as well as network appliances and other special purpose equipment used in industrial, healthcare, financial and other industries. This vulnerability makes these devices susceptible to attackers such as the threat actors recently discovered using malicious UEFI bootloaders.”

The researchers have done a good job explaining in detail why the why, where and how of the vulnerability, and so did Kelly Shortridge, the VP of Product Management and Product Strategy at Capsule8. The problem effectively lies in the fact that a GRUB2 configuration file can be modified by attackers to make sure that their own malicious code runs before the OS is loaded.

The only good news is that the vulnerability can’t be exploited remotely. The attacker must first gain a foothold on the system and escalate privileges to root/admin in order to exploit it. Alternatively, they must have physical access to the target system.

The real danger, according to Shortridge, is if criminals incorporate this vulnerability into a bootkit, license it to bot authors, who will deploy or sell the bootkit-armed bots.

“This pipeline will not pop out pwnage overnight, so the question becomes whether mitigations can be successfully rolled out before criminals can scale this attack,” she noted.

A complex mitigation process

The main problem is that fixing this flaw on such a great number of systems will be a massive, complex and partly manual undertaking.

“Full mitigation of this issue will require coordinated efforts from a variety of entities: affected open-source projects, Microsoft, and the owners of affected systems, among others,” Eclypsium researchers noted.

“This will include: updates to GRUB2 to address the vulnerability; Linux distributions and other vendors using GRUB2 will need to update their installers, bootloaders, and shims [a small app that contains the vendor’s certificate and code that verifies and runs the GRUB2 bootloader]; new shims will need to be signed by the Microsoft 3rd Party UEFI CA; administrators of affected devices will need to update installed versions of operating systems in the field as well as installer images, including disaster recovery media; and eventually the UEFI revocation list (dbx) needs to be updated in the firmware of each affected system to prevent running this vulnerable code during boot.”

Again, both Eclypsium and Shortridge helpfully explained in detail the whole process and the dangers it holds for organizations. In addition to the complex hoop jumping of the mitigation process, orgs should also be monitoring their systems for threats and ransomware that use vulnerable bootloaders to infect or damage systems.

Eclypsium researchers have provided recommendations and have linked to the various reference materials by Microsoft, Debian, Canonical, Red Hat, HPE, SUSE, VMware and others who need to help users and admins fix the problem.

They’ve also powershell and bash scripts to help administrators identify certificates revoked by the various OS vendors when they push out security updates for CVE-2020-10713.

Other discovered vulnerabilities

After being notified of the existence of BootHole, Canonical (the company that develops Ubuntu) and others went in search for other security holes in GRUB2. They discovered seven related vulnerabilities, whose mitigations are included in today’s release for Ubuntu and other major Linux distributions.

“Given the difficulty of this kind of ecosystem-wide update/revocation, there is a strong desire to avoid having to do it again six months later,” Eclypsium researchers noted.

“To that end, a large effort — spanning multiple security teams at Oracle, Red Hat, Canonical, VMware, and Debian — using static analysis tools and manual review helped identify and fix dozens of further vulnerabilities and dangerous operations throughout the codebase that do not yet have individual CVEs assigned.”

HPE launches HPE 5G Lab to help telcos speed up 5G adoption

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled the HPE 5G Lab, a test and development environment where telcos and partners can validate and integrate 5G network solutions. Using the HPE 5G Lab, telcos can speed up 5G adoption and access new revenues faster by getting hands-on experience with the latest 5G innovations in a live test environment.

The HPE 5G Lab has already gained support from key industry leaders including Affirmed Networks, Casa Systems, Intel, JMA Wireless, Metaswitch, Nokia, Openet and Red Hat.

HPE’s growing 5G portfolio unleashes the potential of 5G at the network core, at the edge, and in the enterprise. Already this year, HPE has introduced HPE 5G Core Stack, an open, cloud-native 5G core network software stack; the HPE Resource Aggregator for Open Distributed Infrastructure Management, simplifying the management of telco grade compute infrastructure for 5G across thousands of sites; and HPE Edge Orchestrator, enabling telcos to deliver new edge computing services to customers at the edge of telco networks.

Now, the HPE 5G Lab provides a proving ground enabling telcos, network equipment providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to validate these technologies, prepare for mass adoption and invest with confidence.

5G standards have been designed so telcos can build their 5G networks with open, cloud-native platforms that utilize modular software and hardware components from different vendors, allowing them to deploy new 5G services faster, more securely and in a more flexible way.

However, this represents a big shift in a market that previously relied on proprietary, vertically-integrated systems. In order to embrace this shift with confidence and assurance, telcos are looking to work with trusted and proven partners that can demonstrate performance and interoperability in a live, real-time test environment.

“Governments and telecoms operators around the world are looking to open 5G technologies as an opportunity to move away from a number of vendors which have raised fundamental concerns around security, resilience and market diversification,” said Phil Mottram, vice president and general manager of Communications and Media Solutions at HPE.

“However, despite multiple successful deployments, doubts still persist about the ability of open 5G technologies to truly replace the old way of building networks. With the launch of the HPE 5G Lab, telcos, solution vendors and national stakeholders can test innovative new solutions with confidence and ensure that they are ready for mass adoption.”

By taking an open approach, telcos now have the flexibility to work with practically any ISV or best-of-breed solution provider to create tailored networking solutions tuned to specific verticals and use cases. The HPE 5G Lab encourages telcos, vendors and platform providers to come together to test, document, and validate their technologies as a single solution.

The initial focus of the HPE 5G Lab will be to bring innovation to the previously monolithic cellular network core. To fully realize the benefits and power of 5G, initial deployments of 5G radio access networks, currently utilizing 4G core infrastructure need to migrate to a standalone 5G core. This will enable holistic management, data sharing, and slicing into virtual 5G networks with dedicated usage and characteristics.

The HPE 5G Core Stack is truly open, allowing telcos to swap out network functions (NFs) as needed and therefore stay nimble and ahead of the competition. The HPE 5G Lab enables telcos to test and validate multiple NFs from different vendors whilst relying on HPE for integration with the HPE 5G Core Stack.

The HPE 5G Lab, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is available worldwide to customers and HPE partners via remote access and includes the provision of personnel to manage and operate the lab environment, as well as assist with integration and testing. The lab is based around HPE 5G portfolio solutions and will include multiple 5G related products and solutions:

  • HPE 5G Core Stack – including 5G network functions from HPE and our partners, HPE Shared Data Environment (SDE) and orchestration layer.
  • HPE Telco Cloud – including industry-standard servers, storage and networking components to run the 5G network, along with cloud and container platform software such as HPE Ezmeral Container Platform, RedHat OpenShift, RedHat OpenStack, and VMware Tanzu.
  • HPE Telco Blueprints for Core and Edge – including the infrastructure and VM stacks, supporting both third-party and HPE solutions such as the HPE 5G Core Stack and HPE Edge Orchestrator.
  • Aruba networking equipment supporting telco-provisioned services for enterprise and Wi-Fi 6/5G interworking.

To access the HPE 5G Lab and achieve validation with the 5G Core Stack, ISVs first need to join the HPE Partner Ready program. This will allow them to demonstrate compliance with 3GPP standards and benefit from HPE’s growing 5G ecosystem, including HPE’s global salesforce, go-to-market support and innovative delivery models through HPE GreenLake and HPE Financial Services.

With HPE GreenLake, telcos can acquire an end-to-end 5G core network as a pre-integrated software and hardware platform on an as-a-service consumption model.

By deploying HPE 5G Core Stack with HPE GreenLake, carriers acquire a purpose-built, open platform for 5G with minimal up-front investment, and the ability to scale according to demand, ready to support unpredictable growth and future-proofed for forthcoming 5G evolutions.

HPE and partners have already showcased several very successful cloud-native, multi-vendor 5G core deployments, such as those demonstrated in Korea and France.

HPE acquires Silver Peak to accelerate edge-to-cloud strategy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Silver Peak, an SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) leader, in a transaction valued at $925 million. Silver Peak will be combined with HPE’s Aruba business unit and will extend Aruba’s technology leadership in the large and fast-growing SD-WAN space.

“HPE was an early mover in identifying the opportunity at the edge and that trend is accelerating in a post-COVID world,” said Antonio Neri, president and CEO of HPE.

“With this acquisition we are accelerating our edge-to-cloud strategy to provide a true distributed cloud model and cloud experience for all apps and data wherever they live. Silver Peak’s innovative team and technology bring critical capabilities that will help our customers modernize and transform their networks to securely connect any edge to any cloud.”

Silver Peak’s advanced SD-WAN offerings are highly complementary and strengthen Aruba’s Edge Service Platform (ESP). By combining Silver Peak’s SD-WAN with Aruba’s SD-Branch solutions customers can simplify branch office and WAN deployments to empower remote workforces, enable cloud-connected distributed enterprises, and transform business operations without compromising quality or reliability.

“Today’s announcement comes at a unique moment for our customers, who are grappling with business recovery in the wake of the pandemic,” said Keerti Melkote, president of Intelligent Edge for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and founder of Aruba Networks.

“The need for edge-to-cloud architectures has never been more relevant as enterprises look to extend connectivity to branch locations and enable secure work-from-home experiences. Silver Peak’s technology transforms legacy WAN architectures to self-driving WANs, which is a perfect fit with Aruba’s cloud-native, AI-driven Edge Services Platform.

“Together, we will be able to meet these needs with critical connectivity, security, and AI capabilities to drive the next generation of Edge-to-Cloud transformation.”

A leader in SD-WAN and WAN optimization technologies

Silver Peak is a leader in the SD-WAN market with more than 1,500 production SD-WAN customers around the world. The company helps enterprises and service providers quickly migrate to secure enterprise-grade SD-WAN connectivity, while dramatically improving application performance and lowering connectivity costs.

Powered by Silver Peak’s SD-WAN edge platform, customers can achieve dedicated WAN-like performance while running all cloud applications and services via broadband access. Silver Peak also enables freedom of choice to leverage best-in-class technologies from a broad range of ecosystem partners, particularly those focused on security.

Silver Peak is one of two leaders recognized in the Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, 2019 which complements Aruba’s leadership in wired and wireless networking.

“Bringing together Silver Peak’s advanced SD-WAN solutions with Aruba’s industry leading networking portfolio provides an unprecedented opportunity to deliver comprehensive business-driven solutions to our customers,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak.

“The Silver Peak and Aruba teams share a common vision and goal to provide simplicity, scalability, and application-awareness at the edge. With Aruba’s extensive go-to-market, we will further accelerate our ability to drive faster adoption of these transformational technologies.

“We are excited for the opportunities we will have as a combined team to accelerate innovation in this fast-growing segment of the networking market.”

Remote work accelerating demand for complementary SD-WAN solutions

As applications continue to move to the cloud, remote working and mobile employees are on the rise, and billions of IoT devices are added to the network, the SD-WAN market is experiencing significant growth. That is expected to continue, with 650 Group forecasting that the market for SD-WAN will grow from $2.3B in 2020 to $4.9B in 2024, a +20.5% CAGR.

Legacy WAN architectures are no longer viable and incur relatively high costs, compelling enterprises to invest in SD-WAN technology to ensure secure, scalable, and efficient connections from the edge of their network to a diverse mix of on-premises and cloud-based endpoints.

The combination of Aruba’s all-in-one SD-Branch strategy and remote worker solutions with Silver Peak’s SD-WAN and WAN optimization offerings will allow HPE to better address a greater set of customer requirements and capitalize on this market opportunity.

The intelligent edge is central to HPE’s strategy

In 2018 HPE announced its strategic plan to invest $4 billion in Intelligent Edge over four years, and the company has been identifying opportunities to better help customers convert their data – from every edge to any cloud – into actionable insights that drive seamless interactions, while delivering simplified user and IT experiences.

The recent impacts of the global pandemic have intensified customers’ requirements for powerful solutions at the edge that put a premium on security, connectivity, and performance. This investment is consistent with HPE’s core strategy focused on accelerating investments in areas of attractive, profitable growth including the Intelligent Edge.

Significantly expands Aruba’s addressable market

The companies expect the combination to create opportunities for significant economic upside through enhanced growth and profitability by:

  • Providing a superior value proposition to joint customers through integrated offerings that addresses a greater set of customer requirements
  • Targeting an expanded TAM across SD-WAN and SD-Branch implementations
  • Accelerating WAN transformations across HPE and Aruba’s broad global customer base

HPE Edge Orchestrator enables telcos to monetize 5G networks and edge infrastructure

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced HPE Edge Orchestrator, a SaaS-based offering that enables telcos to deploy innovative new edge computing services to customers via IT infrastructure located at the edge of telco networks or on customer premises.

With the HPE Edge Orchestrator solution, telcos can extend their offerings to include a catalog of edge computing applications which customers can deploy with a single click, across hundreds of locations.

HPE Edge Orchestrator enables telcos to monetize the 5G network and telco cloud while bringing lower latency, increased security and enhanced end-user experiences to their customers.

Analysts expect the next decade to see the rise of edge computing where data intensive workloads such as AI, machine learning (ML), augmented and virtual reality apps will be hosted at the edge.

Telcos already have thousands of edge sites powering mobile and fixed networks, so they are uniquely positioned to lead the edge services market. In fact according to a recent IDC study1, 40% of enterprises trust their telco to be their main provider of edge solutions.

However, until now telcos haven’t had the tools to do this themselves without relying on public cloud providers.

HPE Edge Orchestrator gives the power back to telcos. Now they can offer value-added edge services in their own right and can move from being primarily bandwidth providers to offering innovative edge computing applications, such as AI-powered video analytics, industrial automation and VR retail services. New revenue from these high-value enterprise services will also help to cover the significant cost of deploying new 5G infrastructure.

Following the launch of HPE’s open 5G portfolio and introduction of the cloud-native HPE 5G Core Stack, HPE Edge Orchestrator enables telcos to drive new revenue streams at the edge of telecom networks.

HPE Edge Orchestrator unleashes the deployment and configuration of customer applications, provided as virtual machines or containers, at geographically-distributed edge locations owned by telcos, such as existing central offices or on customer premises.

Customers can access edge applications via a self-service app catalog for simple management, monitoring and the deployment of an app to an edge device with one-click operation.

“Today, telcos have significant enterprise business, but they are often seen as little more than bandwidth providers, competing mostly on price,” said Phil Mottram, Vice President and General Manager of the Communications and Media Solutions business unit at HPE.

“HPE Edge Orchestrator empowers telcos to move up the value chain and become trusted edge services providers, offering differentiated, high-value enterprise services as well as new edge applications for their mobile subscribers. Furthermore, telcos will be positioned to compete more effectively with cloud and over-the-top competitors.”

HPE Edge Orchestrator enables enterprises to easily combine their applications with network services offered by telcos, thus creating an end-to-end flow across the edge.

Today, HPE Edge Orchestrator supports Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) with other network-as-a-service (NaaS) functions being added to the catalog over time. The MEC platform enables applications to run at the edge, while delivering network services that ensure a dynamic routing of edge traffic in 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi environments.

“Telcos are uniquely positioned to facilitate digital change by connecting people, enterprises and society, enabling new classes of services,” explains Martina Kurth, Associate Vice President for IDC’s European Telco Research.

“Telcos need to change the way they operate and become part of the value creation with 5G and edge computing. New technologies like HPE Edge Orchestrator will help telcos to tap into new digital business models and play an important role in evolving enterprise ecosystems.”

To capitalize on the edge services opportunity, telcos need to bring applications from the cloud out to the edge where the data exists. With HPE Edge Orchestrator, along with HPE Edgeline and ProLiant servers, telcos can position application intelligence at the edge and unlock major business benefits for their customers:

  • Lower latency: When applications can process requests locally instead of routing them to a data center, they can deliver much better performance. This translates to a better user experience for any business application. For the new generation of ultra-low-latency use cases like augmented reality and industrial automation, short round-trip times are absolutely essential.
  • Bandwidth optimization: Positioning application intelligence out at the edge, such as doing number-crunching closer to where the numbers are generated, greatly reduces the wide-area network (WAN) bandwidth the application requires. This translates to lower WAN costs for businesses and less traffic congestion in telco core and metro networks. Applications like video analytics become much more efficient and, as a result, applicable to use cases that might not have been viable in the past.
  • Improved security and privacy: Any time businesses transmit data over a network, they’re potentially exposing it to security threats. For the most sensitive information, some businesses want to keep everything onsite. In regions with strict privacy protections like the European Union, some applications may simply not be viable unless they can process all personally identifiable information (PII) locally.

The key to making telcos’ edge computing deployments successful for both the operator and their enterprise customers lies in ensuring that applications running at the edge are easy to deploy and manage across many sites.

With the recently announced Open Distributed Infrastructure Management initiative, HPE is simplifying the management of physical infrastructure deployments from core to edge.

Now HPE Edge Orchestrator is enabling telcos to deliver new, targeted vertical solutions and enterprise applications —all centrally manageable across thousands of distributed locations through simple self-service tools.

New edge computing offerings start with compute platforms optimized for deployment at remote operator sites (central offices, radio towers, other point of presence (POP) locations), or even directly at the customer premises. For example, HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Servers, such as the EL4000 and EL8000, have been specifically designed to run at the edge.

Platforms like these host all of the components needed to manage the edge computing workloads in containers or VMs. HPE Edge Orchestrator provides a centralized, comprehensive, hardware agnostic orchestration platform to provision, configure, and perform general management functions for all components of edge computing.

HPE Edge Orchestrator is also multi-tenant by design. Telcos can give diverse enterprise customers their own “private” interfaces to manage their workloads, sites, edge devices, and services, while their own teams manage the entire CSP edge computing portfolio as a single system.

HPE Edge Orchestrator can also work in conjunction with the recently announced Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP), enabling enterprises to easily integrate both Wi-Fi-based and telco services.

HPE GreenLake Central helps customers run, manage, and optimize their hybrid cloud estate

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that HPE GreenLake Central, unveiled in December 2019, is now generally available for HPE GreenLake customers.

This advanced software platform provides customers with a consistent cloud experience for all their applications and data, through an online operations console that runs, manages and optimizes their entire hybrid cloud estate.

In addition, HPE is introducing enhancements to its as-a-Service portfolio with support for data management and file storage, and an enhanced co-location offering through partnerships with Cohesity, Qumulo, and CyrusOne, respectively.

HPE GreenLake brings the modern cloud experience to customers’ applications, data and workloads in their locations in a self-serve, pay-per-use, scale up-and-down way and managed as-a-Service by HPE. This allows customers to free up capital, boost operational and financial flexibility and enable talent to accelerate what’s next for their business.

HPE GreenLake is the market leading platform for delivering on-premises IT as-a-Service, and one of the fastest-growing businesses in HPE with more than 800 enterprise customers worldwide and over 500 partners selling today.

HPE GreenLake’s unique metering, cost control, software IP, and backing from HPE Financial Services and HPE Pointnext Services provide a differentiated solution on top of HPE’s industry leading hardware portfolio that competitors cannot match.

HPE GreenLake Central is the only platform on the market which enables customers to:

  • Manage their entire hybrid estate, provisioning instances and redeploying resources in on-premises environments with the same speed and agility as off-premises.
  • Monitor and run off-premises costs and compliance in AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as on-premises environments.

The platform suggests ways to prioritize spend through integration with Azure Access Manager and AWS Access Manager.

  • Achieve better business outcomes for developers, IT operations, and line of business leaders with the platform’s unique insights and recommended actions for security, capacity, cost, compliance, and resource utilization across the hybrid estate.
  • Access their own consumption metrics and analytics in order to dynamically optimize the placement of workloads based on the factors most important to them – such as cost, governance, security, or interdependence with other systems.

“The transformation to digital healthcare is accelerating like never before. Our mission is to empower our clinicians with the right technological support and access to tools that they need in order to act fast, gain insights and deliver meaningful patient outcomes,” said Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer at Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand.

“HPE GreenLake Central gives us a simple-to-use single point of access to dashboards and reports which help us ensure regulatory compliance in our hybrid estate as well as optimize our cloud spend so we can deliver new features and functionality to our staff much faster.”

Today, over 250 early adopter customers are using HPE GreenLake Central to drive their digital transformation initiatives and achieve better business outcomes.

“HPE GreenLake has gained universal appeal as it uniquely addresses what the market requires for in an ideal as-a-Service experience,” said Keith White, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HPE GreenLake.

“With continued high demand for hybrid offerings from our customers, HPE GreenLake Central is an innovative leap forward that enables our customers to choose the cloud destination that makes the most sense based on cost, performance, governance and compliance. It gives developers and line of business decision-makers ways to create and innovate at the speed they need to compete in today’s market.”

Expanded HPE GreenLake services for data management and file storage

Building on its robust portfolio of on-premises pay-per-use services, HPE is introducing new HPE GreenLake converged data management and modern file storage service offerings with Cohesity and Qumulo, respectively.

The exponential growth in backup and unstructured data has made it increasingly difficult for enterprises to protect, manage, and gain insights from their data across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

HPE GreenLake with Cohesity allows businesses to leverage Cohesity’s enterprise-class converged data management platform together with HPE GreenLake’s flexible, pay-per-use consumption model.

This offering builds on the OEM partnership between HPE and Cohesity, allowing customers to eliminate mass data fragmentation, simplify management of data across locations, and do more with their data, so they can leverage it for business intelligence.

Organizations are also increasingly challenged to get value out of their data to drive business decisions, build products, and remain competitive. Qumulo’s hybrid file software enables active workloads to securely create, analyze, and collaborate with applications in the datacenter and in the cloud.

Qumulo’s software, delivered through HPE GreenLake, enables data-driven innovations while containing costs. Qumulo’s built-in, real-time data analytics available through HPE GreenLake’s on-demand model, helps customers deliver results while significantly saving costs.

To access the Cohesity and Qumulo services, customers can work with HPE or HPE’s value-added partners to define the right solutions.

Expanded HPE GreenLake services for co-location facilities

HPE GreenLake with co-location offers the benefits of a public cloud experience while letting customers keep full control of the IT with the advantages of co-location. This relieves customers from the capital expenditures and the burden of running a datacenter in their own premises.

HPE first announced its partnership with CyrusOne in June 2019, addressing customers who wished to leverage an external datacenter facility for their HPE GreenLake applications.

Building on this momentum, HPE and CyrusOne are now expanding their partnership to enable faster end-to-end service delivery and one place billing: HPE GreenLake is now delivered with the simplicity of a single contract, invoice, and point of contact with CyrusOne.

Furthermore, the two companies are offering customers the option of co-location for any HPE GreenLake solution, hosted in any CyrusOne datacenter globally, giving customers additional geographic flexibility to meet the specific requirements of their business.

CyrusOne’s datacenter architecture offers services designed to support the diversity of client workloads regardless of scale or density, delivering capabilities previously only available to the largest cloud providers and Fortune 1000 companies.

HPE 5G Core Stack: An open, cloud-native 5G core network solution that speeds up 5G adoption

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a breakthrough in the journey to true 5G adoption with the launch of HPE 5G Core Stack, an open, cloud-native 5G core network solution that accelerates the journey to new 5G revenue streams, seamlessly integrates with previous generation networks and is future proofed for forthcoming milestones in 5G standards.

HPE 5G Core Stack will be available as a pre-integrated software and hardware solution, on a pay-as-you-use basis with HPE GreenLake, allowing telcos to deploy a 5G core network with reduced risk and little upfront investment.

While some carriers have already started deploying 5G radio access networks (RAN) services, the true value of 5G will only be realized when access networks are combined with a 5G core network. This will enable holistic management, data sharing, and slicing into virtual 5G networks with dedicated usage and characteristics.

Although the functional gains and operational efficiency improvements are substantial, the pace of adoption and the technical capabilities required for the new use cases that will monetize 5G are still largely unclear.

By deploying HPE 5G Core Stack with HPE GreenLake, carriers acquire a purpose-built, open platform for 5G with minimal up-front investment, and scale according to demand, with an elastic software ecosystem, ready to support unpredictable growth and future-proofed for forthcoming 5G evolutions.

The communications industry has traditionally depended on proprietary vertically integrated systems, but the promise of 5G can only be unleashed through open, cloud-native platforms that allow telcos to bring new 5G services to the market quickly while bridging from previous generation networks.

By deploying an extensible, cloud-native 5G core, telcos can swap out network functions as needed, responding to market developments while avoiding vendor lock-in, which has been typical in the telecom industry.

HPE has been a leading player in the telecom industry for decades, providing carrier grade industry standard infrastructure that is enabling the cloudification of communication networks, and providing software components through its Communication and Media Solutions (CMS) business that are decoupled from proprietary infrastructures, helping telcos transform their legacy networks into a service-based architecture ready for 5G.

HPE 5G Core Stack

HPE 5G Core Stack is a fully featured turnkey 5G core network software stack that offers slicing, interworking with previous generation network technologies, and end-to-end automation.

It has been designed to be cloud-native from the ground-up and includes stateless containerized network functions (CNF) from HPE and partners, a shared data environment (SDE), a common platform as a service (PaaS) architecture, end-to-end Management and Orchestration (MANO), and automation framework, all pre-integrated on carrier-grade infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and is proven for end-to-end production.

“Openness is essential to the evolutionary nature of 5G. With multi-generational networks, where services delivered across 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and edge networks will be common, service providers need to reduce operational costs and keep themselves open to multiple networks and technologies while avoiding being locked-in to a single vendor approach,” said Phil Mottram, VP and GM of HPE Communications and Media Solutions.

“Investing in a new 5G network before the revenue streams are there is a financial and technical challenge for many carriers, but with HPE 5G Core Stack, telcos can start deployments today and pay for the infrastructure as their revenue grows.”

HPE 5G Core Stack enables carriers to deliver differentiated quality services across their existing and future networks. It is fast to integrate, simple to operate, future proof, and scales with usage.

HPE GreenLake infrastructure as a service

HPE GreenLake is our market-leading IT as-a-service offering that brings the cloud experience to apps and data everywhere – data centers, multi-clouds, and edges – with one unified operating model and is now available to the telecom industry.

With 10 years of experience, and over $3bn under contract, HPE GreenLake is a mature service that is well suited to the telecom community.

HPE GreenLake leverages a growing portfolio of telco-specific hardware and software blueprints from HPE for edge and core workloads, helping carriers on their journey to 5G on a pay-per-use basis. HPE telco blueprints offer validated configurations optimized for specific core and edge telco workloads simplifying and accelerating time to value for customers.

The telco edge blueprints include HPE Edgeline systems that are ideal for Virtual Radio Access Network solutions and Multi Access Edge Computing applications commonly found at the edge of the telco networks.

HPE telco blueprints will be available from HPE GreenLake, starting with the core infrastructure-as-a-service blueprint and adding more over time, including support for the entire 5G stack. HPE GreenLake can provide open software-defined infrastructure as a service for network equipment providers or telcos that want to deploy their own software stacks.

HPE Container Platform: Unified container platform built on open source Kubernetes

The HPE Container Platform is the industry’s first enterprise-grade container platform designed to support both cloud-native and non-cloud-native applications using 100 percent open source Kubernetes – running on bare-metal or virtual machines (VMs), in the data center, on any public cloud, or at the edge.

HPE Container Platform

In addition, HPE is introducing new professional services to ensure faster time-to-value and several new reference configurations for data-intensive application workloads such as AI, machine learning, deep learning (DL), data analytics, edge computing, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Reducing cost and complexity

Many organizations started their container journey with stateless workloads that are easier to transition to a cloud-native microservices architecture. However, the majority of business applications today are monolithic, stateful, and non-cloud-native workloads that live throughout the enterprise. Organizations seek to modernize and containerize these applications without significant refactoring – while ensuring production-grade security and persistent data storage.

While some early on-premises Kubernetes deployments used containers with VMs, this approach is no longer necessary. Running containers on bare-metal provides significant advantages to organizations seeking to modernize and run containers at scale in the enterprise. These include: reducing unnecessary overhead, avoiding lock-in with a proprietary virtualization format, and eliminating “vTax” licensing costs.

The HPE Container Platform reduces cost and complexity by running containers on bare-metal, while providing the flexibility to deploy in VMs or cloud instances. This allows businesses to embrace a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud approach to deploying Kubernetes with enterprise-class security, performance, and reliability. Organizations seeking greater cost savings, efficiency, utilization, and application performance can eliminate the need for virtualization and expensive hypervisor licenses, by running containers directly on bare-metal infrastructure.

HPE Container Platform advantages

Additional advantages of the HPE Container Platform and bare-metal containers include:

  • Speed. Deploying and running containerized applications on bare-metal is faster. There’s no need to start up the guest operating system (OS) of the VM, including a full boot process; this speeds development, operations, and time-to-market.
  • Reduction in cost and resources. Since each VM has its own guest OS, eliminating it reduces the RAM, storage and CPU resources—and the associated data center costs—required to sustain it.
  • Elimination of an orchestration layer. There’s no need to have a management framework for a virtualized environment and a Kubernetes orchestration environment for containers.
  • Increased density per hardware platform. Run more containers on a given physical host than VMs, by eliminating multiple copies of guest OSes and their requirements for CPU, memory, and storage.
  • Better performance for applications that require direct access to hardware. Analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads with machine learning (ML) algorithms require heavy computation to train the ML models; these applications will deliver faster results and higher throughput on bare-metal.

Built on proven innovations from HPE’s recent acquisitions of BlueData and MapR, the HPE Container Platform is an integrated turnkey solution with BlueData software as the container management control plane and the MapR distributed file system as the unified data fabric for persistent storage.

“With the HPE Container Platform, GM Financial has deployed containerized applications for machine learning and data analytics running in production in a multi-tenant hybrid cloud architecture, for multiple use cases from credit risk analysis to improving customer experience,” said Lynn Calvo, AVP of Emerging Data Technology at GM Financial.

“The next phase of enterprise container adoption requires breakthrough innovation and a new approach,” said Kumar Sreekanti, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Hybrid IT at HPE. “Our HPE Container Platform software brings agility and speed to accelerate application development with Kubernetes at scale. Customers benefit from greater cost efficiency by running containers on bare-metal, with the flexibility to run on VMs or in a cloud environment.”

“We’re leveraging the innovations of the open source Kubernetes community, together with our own software innovations for multi-tenancy, security, and persistent data storage with containers,” continued Sreekanti. “The new HPE Container Platform is designed to help customers as they expand their containerization deployments, for multiple large-scale Kubernetes clusters with use cases ranging from machine learning to CI / CD pipelines.”

Commitment to open source

HPE is actively engaged in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Kubernetes community, with open source projects such as KubeDirector. A key component of the HPE Container Platform, KubeDirector provides the ability to run non-cloud-native monolithic applications (i.e., stateful applications with persistent storage) on Kubernetes. HPE’s recent acquisition of Scytale for cloud-native security underscores its commitment to the open source ecosystem, with ongoing contributions to open source projects, including Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone (SPIFFE) and SPIFFE Runtime Environment (SPIRE).

HPE announces Veeam support for HPE Primera storage and enhancements to HPE StoreOnce backup

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced advancements in its data protection offerings with Veeam support for HPE Primera storage and enhancements to HPE StoreOnce backup.

HPE and Veeam have partnered to protect customer data for the past decade, and this new support for HPE Primera, together with the just announced Veeam Availability Suite v10, ensures customers’ data is always available, recoverable and protected.

In addition, HPE StoreOnce with Veeam v10 delivers higher data availability by efficiently moving backup copies offsite for disaster recovery.

Seventy-seven percent2 of enterprises lack an effective data protection strategy, putting their business at risk. In a hyper-connected world, where everyone – and increasingly everything – shares data, businesses have the opportunity to turn all of it into value.

However, ensuring data is always available and always protected can be complex and costly. Current legacy backup technologies struggle to manage and protect the expanding scope of data types and sources, expanding security threats, and the increasing need to support data across an edge to cloud environment.

Together, HPE and Veeam enable customers to simplify data protection, remove cost and risk, and improve efficiency.

The integration of Veeam v10 with HPE Primera provides customers with a modern, best-in-class backup and data protection solution. Powered by HPE InfoSight, the industry’s most advanced AI for infrastructure, HPE Primera redefines mission-critical storage by delivering superior simplicity, availability and performance.

HPE Primera provides 93% less time spent on managing storage3, backed by a 100% availability guarantee. Together with Veeam v10 backup support, HPE Primera customers are able to rapidly recover their data at its most granular level from storage snapshots, including virtualized environments.

“Veeam Availability Suite v10 is a new generation and industry leader of data backup and protection, with capabilities that increase data availability, portability and extensibility,” said Danny Allan, chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy, Veeam.

“By leveraging full HPE Primera support with v10, businesses can harness the simplicity and reliable performance required for critical applications and data, empowering them to utilize intelligent data to elevate business value – a driving focus of both Veeam and HPE.”

“Data is at the heart of HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-Service strategy. Enterprises that can distill intelligence from their data will be the ones to lead in their industries,” said Jim Jackson, Chief Marketing Officer, HPE.

“However, in order to utilize data to gain business insights, it needs to be readily available. Together, HPE and Veeam are helping enterprises accelerate their data’s value by ensuring it’s always on, always fast, hybrid by design, and delivers global intelligence.”

The enhanced capabilities for HPE StoreOnce and Veeam v10 provide:

  • HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy support for disaster recovery, delivering the only federated backup solution, managed through Veeam
  • A single interface for data protection
  • Storing, replicating and archiving additional copies of data for disaster recovery use cases without impacting backup SLAs or constraining server CPU resources.

HPE and Veeam ensure data is available everywhere, and can be rapidly recovered in minutes, ensuring business resilience, and reducing risk and resource constraints. HPE has broad support for Veeam across primary storage and secondary storage.

Veeam now v10 also supports the HPE hyperconverged infrastructure portfolio, including HPE SimpliVity. These solutions can be consumed as-a-service on and off-premises, and customers only pay for what they need via HPE Greenlake.

Veeam Availability Suite 10 features 150+ new features and enhancements

Veeam Software announced the general availability of NEW Veeam Availability Suite 10, ushering in the next generation of data protection capabilities that increase data availability, portability, and extensibility.

First introduced in 2008 as Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Availability Suite – now delivers modern file data protection for Networked Attached Storage (NAS), Multi-VM Instant Recovery to automate disaster recovery (DR) and enhanced ransomware protection. With greater platform extensibility, data mining through APIs, and more than 150 major enhancements, Veeam has launched the industry’s most robust solution for complete data management and protection for hybrid-cloud environments.

As organizations adopt hybrid cloud strategies to fuel rapid Digital Transformation, data is becoming critical to business success. With this laser focus on data innovation to drive business acceleration, new challenges have emerged in ensuring all data is agile, available, and connected. According to the 2019 Veeam Cloud Data Management Report, 73% of organizations are failing to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data; many companies are now looking to embrace Cloud Data Management to better meet protection needs and leverage the power of their data.

Veeam has extended the solution to be both broader and deeper with more platform support and advanced capabilities enabling organizations to be in better control of their data so they can meet their most important business objectives.

Veeam Availability Suite 10 protects modern workloads at scale with broader backup capabilities, achieves increased security via immutable backups with S3 Object Lock, and empowers deeper ecosystem API integration options, enabling organizations to save time, reduce costs and exceed recovery objectives.

“Cloud-based data protection is a growing need for many of the organizations I speak with, both large and small, which are all in various stages of cloud adoption,” said Henry Baltazar, research vice president at 451 Research. “Solutions like Veeam’s latest v10 release provide organizations with the scalability needed for today and tomorrow’s workloads, with new Cloud Data Management capabilities which include faster, automated copies to object storage and the use of S3 Object Lock to ensure that data is protected against threats such as ransomware, insider threats and malicious admins.”

Veeam Availability Suite 10 extends Veeam’s leadership in comprehensive Cloud Data Management, providing advanced protection for any application, any data, across any cloud. V10 delivers new capabilities that bring simplicity, flexibility and reliability, enabling businesses to achieve the following:

  • Modernize and simplify the protection of large file shares and file servers with powerful NAS backup.
  • Keep business running with the next-generation Instant Recovery engine, and Multi-VM Instant Recovery for disaster recovery from massive datacenter outages.
  • Simplify off-site backup and get 100% bulletproof protection from ransomware and insider threats with enhanced S3 object storage integration and immutable backups.
  • Reuse backup data to find new insights and put backups to work with greater platform extensibility and simplified third-party data analysis software integration with the NEW Veeam Data Integration API.
  • Broader platform and ecosystem support including new, advanced capabilities for Linux, HPE Primera and HPE StoreOnce, Nutanix AHV, PostgreSQL, MySQL and more.

“HPE is redefining storage for our customers and we need partners who understand the journey toward digital transformation depends on data and intelligence,” said Jim Jackson, Chief Marketing Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “With Veeam, we ensure the critical data needed to accelerate business is safe and readily available to customers at all times. We are thrilled that Veeam now supports HPE Primera and offers enhancements for HPE StoreOnce so customers’ data is always available, recoverable and protected.”

Zenuity chooses HPE to develop next generation autonomous driving systems

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been selected by Zenuity, a leading developer of software for self-driving and assisted driving cars, to provide the crucial artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure it needs in order to develop next generation autonomous driving (AD) systems.

Zenuity is a joint venture between Volvo Cars (VCC) and Veoneer, two Swedish companies whose names are synonymous with automotive safety. Its platforms have been designed to deliver world-class performance in autonomous driving while at all times meeting stringent real-world safety benchmarks.

HPE will provide Zenuity with core data processing services that will allow Zenuity to gather, store, organize and analyze the data it generates globally from its network of test vehicles and software development centers. The end-to-end IT infrastructure will be delivered as-a-Service through HPE GreenLake.

“These are the crucial building blocks of the autonomous driving cars of the future,” said Dennis Nobelius, Zenuity’s chief executive. “HPE is providing us with the foundations upon which everything else is built.”

“The paradigm shift we’ve seen in the past few years has been remarkable, with autonomous vehicles presenting the biggest opportunity we’ve seen in decades to disrupt and revolutionize the automotive industry. To meet this challenge, optimizing the convergence of HPC, data analytics and artificial intelligence is vital,” said Antonio Neri, Chief Executive Officer, HPE.

“As Zenuity leads this change, ensuring an ecosystem that supports this convergence, coupled with matching infrastructure across edge computing, storage, compute and services is vital. This kind of partnership will provide Zenuity with the innovation and flexibility to adapt as it grows and is exactly why we’re committed to offering everything as-a-Service to our customers.”

The service is powered by purpose-built HPC technologies: HPE Apollo systems, HPE ProLiant servers, and a high performance parallel Lustre® file based storage solution, and will be delivered through the as-a-Service HPE GreenLake offering.

HPE Pointnext Services will manage the solution, creating an easy-to-use environment for Zenuity’s developers as they test, learn and validate new generations of its flagship AD software.

“While many of those trying to be first to market in the AD industry are moving at pace towards deployment, our focus is on delivering solutions that are the most safe to market. Building our real-life safety benchmark is part of this goal and relies on our ability to deliver a world-leading software stack built upon reliable infrastructure,” said Mr Nobelius.

Deployment is due to begin rollout in summer 2020. Initial rollout will take place in Sweden, with plans for global deployment in the near future.