HPE Unveils SimpliVity 380 Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance, Expects To Ship By Early May


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise has followed its recent acquisition of hyper-converged infrastructure technology developer SimpliVity with the unveiling of the first fruits of that acquisition.

HPE this week introduced the SimpliVity 380, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that combines the company's ProLiant DL380 server with SimpliVity's OmniStack software and proprietary hardware card.

The SimpliVity 380 is expected to ship on May 1 or earlier, said Paul Miller, vice president of marketing for HPE's software-defined and cloud business.

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"We are moving faster than any merger I have participated in, or have seen," Miller told CRN. "We announced the acquisition of SimpliVity only two months ago, and closed it just last month. And now we're taking orders for the new product."

HPE in January said it would pay $650 million for SimpliVity, ending the saga of one of the pioneers of the fast-growing hyper-converged infrastructure industry. A month later, HPE closed the deal with a promise to bring out its first appliances featuring the SimpliVity technology in May.

In addition to developing hyper-converged infrastructure appliances combining the ProLiant DL380 server and the OmniStack software, HPE plans to propagate the SimpliVity technology across a wide range of converged infrastructure and storage solutions.

Prior to its acquisition by HPE, SimpliVity had been gaining significant momentum in the market, said Dan Molina, chief technology officer at Nth Generation Computing, a San Diego-based solution provider and channel partner to both HPE and SimpliVity.

"The SimpliVity technology was designed to be integrated with standard x86 platforms," Molina told CRN. "It makes sense for HPE to integrate it with the ProLiant DL380, the best server on the planet."

Molina said he had expected HPE to take six to nine months to start shipping its versions of the SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, and is pleased to hear that he can help customers start placing orders now for delivery by May.

"May is just around the corner," he said. "It's not that far out. This gives partners time to drive the momentum. We will be doing our own testing in our technology lab. But we don't expect any issues."

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