Hewlett Packard Enterprise this week launched its eagerly anticipated Synergy composable infrastructure beta to about 100 customers.
The HPE beta-testers are made up primarily of top Fortune 1000 companies struggling to find a unified architecture that will allow them to deploy a diverse set of legacy and native cloud apps in a fast-paced hybrid computing environment.
Each of the beta customers is set to receive at minimum four complete blade nodes in a Synergy chassis with the composable infrastructure software stack that powers the new offering, which is aimed at leapfrogging converged infrastructure offerings from vendors including Nutanix and SImpliVity.
"This is a brand-new category so we are spending a lot of time with customers understanding their use cases and what they are planning to do with these new systems," said Paul Miller, vice president of marketing at HPE, Palo Alto, Calif.
HPE CEO Meg Whitman has touted the new Synergy platform, originally code-named Thunderbird, as one of the biggest breakthroughs from the company in the past decade.
At the heart of the Synergy infrastructure, which is slated to be available in HPE's fourth fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, is a set of open APIs that bring software intelligence to deploying workloads seamlessly in a complex hybrid IT environment.
HPE partners are critical to the Synergy offensive and are playing a key role in many of the beta-testing scenarios, including some of the most highly visible customer engagements such as a leading genomics company and a manufacturing company, said Miller.
The genomics company is planning to more rapidly produce new medicines, said Miller, with a focus on moving applications quickly from an R&D D IT platform to a more stable, scalable and workload-intensive IT platform.
Key to that effort is Synergy's ability to allow developers to quickly carve out application workloads and then quickly migrate those application pools into a business IT environment.
With Synergy, the time it takes developers to move an R&D application from a development test bed to a scalable, internal legacy platform will be reduced by weeks or even months, said Miller. The ROI measurement in deploying the workloads is part of the beta, said Miller.