Hewlett Packard Enterprise's new InfoSight on 3Par product combined with a breakthrough artificial intelligence-based recommendation engine tilts the balance of power in the intensely competitive storage market in HPE's favor, partners told CRN.
Infosight on 3Par marks the first time a major storage vendor has been able to predict and proactively resolve storage issues in complex enterprise IT environments, said partners.
"Nobody else has this capability," said Michael Goldstein, CEO of LAN Infotech, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based solution provider. "This is a big deal. It gives channel partners as well as storage administrators a bird's eye view of what needs to be done. Putting the AI recommendation engine behind the storage makes everyone smarter. It's going to make storage management more dynamic."
Goldstein expects to drive big midrange storage sales growth by leveraging the AI capabilities of InfoSight on 3Par. "This is the first time we have ever had a true AI application that helps us with enterprise storage optimization," he said. "This gives us the insights to keep the storage up and performance tuned."
The high praise from partners came after HPE Tuesday unveiled what it is calling the industry's "first" artificial intelligence-based recommendation engine as part of its new InfoSight on 3Par product launch. The recommendation engine brings InfoSight from what was predictive analytics to proactive recommendations.
HPE, in fact, is bringing enterprise storage into the AI-based age where machine learning and big data are driving a new era of autonomous data centers, said Goldstein. "What is exciting about the machine-learning capabilities of InfoSight is it can be performance-tuned to each individual customer environment," he said. "This gives every customer their own storage knowledge base."
The 3Par release of InfoSight comes just seven months after HPE acquired Nimble – the all-flash superstar that developed the breakthrough predictive InfoSight analytics product – in a $1.1 billion blockbuster deal. Nimble's predictive analytics – considered years ahead of competitors – is credited with lowering storage IT operating expenditures by 79 percent.
HPE said InfoSight on3Par with the recommendation engine will be available starting in January at no additional charge to 3Par customers on the latest OS release with an active support contract.
The new AI recommendation will also be available to current Nimble customers free of charge with an active support contract.
Dan Molina, chief technology officer at San Diego-based Nth Generation Computing, one of HPE's top enterprise partners, said InfoSight's AI-based recommendation engine and deep predictive analytics platform combined with 3Par is a "tremendous combination" that will be tough for HPE competitors to match.