HPE to Launch Hyperconverged System for Smaller Businesses
The new two-node Hyper Converged 250 will give SMBs and remote enterprise offices a low-cost solution for their Microsoft and VMware workloads.Hewlett Packard Enterprise is adding to its lineup of hyper-converged data center offerings by introducing a lower-cost model aimed at midsize businesses and remote enterprise offices. The company's new two-node Hyper Converged 250 will be available in early 2016, joining two other four-node solutions running VMware and Microsoft workloads. Like the larger two offerings, the two-node model will be built atop the same HPE Apollo chassis and feature highly integrated compute, storage and management in a virtualized appliance. It also will support either VMware or Microsoft software, according to HPE officials. The new Hyper Converged 250 addresses the challenges smaller and remote offices face at a time when emerging workloads like big data, cloud computing, virtualization, mobility and security are impacting the data center, according to Manoj Nair, vice president of product management for HPE's Converged Data Center Infrastructure group. "The speed of business in the digital age has increased the demand for mid-size organizations and enterprise remote or branch offices to quickly respond to business changes," Nair wrote in a post on the company blog. "This need for rapid response creates its own set of challenges. How can mid-sized companies and satellite offices support onsite specialists as well as control costs? What if enterprises prefer not to send someone out to remote offices to troubleshoot and resolve problems?"
What the new 2U (3.5-inch) hyper-converged solution brings is a simplified infrastructure offering that can enable customers to drive down costs, increase efficiency and reduce risks, he wrote. It offers a combination of HPE's converged infrastructure and pre-integrated Microsoft or VMware software, which address the bulk of workloads found in smaller or remote offices. In addition, it enables businesses to scale the infrastructure as business demands dictate, and to deploy the solutions from central data centers without having to send installers through HPE's OneView InstantOn wizard.