Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Monday launched a significant expansion of its HPE Synergy Composable Infrastructure aimed at delivering a stronger platform on which to build a wide range of new services.
The company also unveiled "Project New Stack," a new offering that would allow its Composable Infrastructure platform to span both on-premises and the public cloud. The announcement was made at HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas.
The latest iteration of HPE Synergy has significant enhancements to the compute, storage and networking technology, along with technology integration partnerships that allow channel partners bring new solutions to clients.
HPE started shipping Synergy, its composable infrastructure platform, about four months ago. The company has already gained about 400 customers for the offering, said Paul Miller, vice president of marketing for HPE’s software-defined and cloud group.
Synergy combines compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources into a single offering with a unified management interface. Because it provides a platform to deploy and redeploy resources through software-defined constructs, Synergy enables partners to go beyond converged infrastructure and start transforming themselves into service providers, Miller told CRN.
"[It can] compose resources and then recompose them based on changing needs," he said. "It’s a fully integrated software, hardware, storage fabric. Some of the key use cases are full software-defined infrastructure for fast Infrastructure-as-a-Service, a platform for agile DevOps, and the ultimate platform for a private cloud."
Synergy’s key differentiator lies in it being a "stateless" platform, or a platform that does not require pre-installed operating systems, patches and configurations before deployment, Miller said.
"You use a software-defined template to say, 'Make this server look like a SQL server,'" he said. "You don’t want a SQL server? Make it seem like an Exchange server. You provide the blueprint and the recipe, and Synergy automatically configures itself that way … No other infrastructure can do that."
HPE CEO Meg Whitman told CRN that Synergy offers partners not only an opportunity to build services and cloud platforms, but also gives them a strong alternative to traditional blade servers.