Hewlett Packard Enterprise President Antonio Neri told CRN that the company is poised to ship its Nimble InfoSight predictive analytics offering on its high-end 3Par storage line within the next 90 days.
Partners said the move to bring the cloud-based predictive analytics platform to 3Par -- just months after closing the Nimble acquisition -- significantly alters the balance of power in the intensely competitive storage market.
Bringing InfoSight's artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to 3Par, they said, effectively marks the first time a major storage vendor has been able to predict storage failures and proactively resolve them across an end-to-end portfolio that spans the market from small/medium businesses to the enterprise.
Calling InfoSight the "crown jewels" of HPE's $1 billion acquisition of Nimble, Neri said the AI power of the platform provides HPE and its partners with a big competitive advantage against any and all competitors. "Nobody has this," he said.
"This is more proof we are delivering against our strategy to make hybrid IT simple," said Neri. "That is why we are doing this so quickly. The first thing partners are going to see is a consistent experience across Nimble and 3Par with AI, predictive analytics, and predictive maintenance across the entire storage footprint – all attached to our HPE Pointnext [services]."
The predictive analytics capabilities are sure to power dramatic reductions in storage total cost of ownership (TCO) for businesses of all sizes, said Neri."If I am a customer, what I am looking for is uptime and lower TCO," he said. "Nimble with InfoSight and 3Par enables that. It delivers the best performance with the best uptime and lowest TCO optimized for the specific workloads that run on the platform. The customer gets the best experience at the lowest cost."
Al Chien, chief sales officer of Dasher Technologies, a Campbell, Calif.-based HPE Platinum partner, No. 163 on the 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500, called the move to bring InfoSight to the end-to-end HPE storage portfolio a "game changer" for partners.
"To have InfoSight not only on the Nimble side but also on the 3Par side makes HPE storage incredibly relevant and powerful," Chien said. "This is the most robust product and solution portfolio HPE has had in a generation whether it's through their own innovation or through acquisition."
With InfoSight providing predictive analytics across the full storage portfolio, Chien is projecting Dasher will be able to drive HPE storage sales growth of 50 percent next year. "I believe HPE acquired Nimble specifically for InfoSight," he said. "It is the keys to the kingdom."
Specifically, InfoSight provides compelling insights and proactive problem resolution on workloads with a single seamless and homogenous storage analytics and management platform, said Chien.