HPE Expands Open Infrastructure Portfolio for Service Providers
The company adds a storage server to its Cloudline systems and new models to its lineup of Altoline open networking switches.Hewlett Packard Enterprise is bringing storage into its growing portfolio of open data center infrastructure systems and expanding its lineup of open networking switches. HPE officials on March 8 unveiled a storage server for its Cloudline family of systems and four new models of its Altoline 6900 open switches. In addition, the company announced a new Helion OpenStack cloud distribution that includes reference architectures that are optimized for the OpenStack Swift object storage project. The moves are designed to meet the growing demand from enterprises and service providers for open infrastructures that enable them to more easily, quickly and affordably build cloud-scale data centers and be more agile, flexible and dynamic, according to HPE officials. "Service providers are looking for the operational agility and faster data center integration that comes with deploying open infrastructures, while others value the integrated management and proven deployment capabilities that come with industry standard offerings," Reaz Rasul, vice president and general manager of the vendor's Global Hyperscale Business, said in a statement.
HPE for more than a year has embraced the idea of open infrastructures, first with its Cloudline servers for cloud environments built in partnership with contract manufacturer Foxconn and embracing standards developed within the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP), and later with its Altoline of open switches that offer users their choice of network operating systems from such vendors as Cumulus Networks and Pica8, with OpenSwitch support coming later this year.