And the Current Number #1 Challenge with HCI Is…

While HCI offers several impressive benefits related to simplicity, manageability, scalability, and cost savings, challenges still exist. ESG asked over 200 IT pros who have implemented HCI what their top challenges are since implementing HCI in their organization and the most commonly cited challenge was difficulty finding the root cause of issues. And when you think about it, it makes sense.

Topics: Cisco VMware nutanix machine learning artificial intelligence HPE dell-emc hyperconverged HCI

The Impact of Server Refreshes on the Server and HCI Markets

As of late, the server market has been heating up. Companies like Dell, IBM, Cisco, Super Micro, and Huawei all saw growth in server shipments, while many saw double digit revenue growth year-over-year. So what’s driving the growth? Some argue it’s from the big web-scalers like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, and to an extent, that is true. When the big guys do something, many follow suit, but I think the growth is also due in part to the mandate within many organizations to digitally transform by leveraging HCI.

Topics: IBM Cisco VMware nutanix Lenovo HPE dell-emc HCI hyperconverged infastructure supermicro

HPE Discover in Madrid  (includes video)

Here is my summary video from HPE's latest Madrid installment of its Discover user event series. It's a little different from the usual ESG On Location video format inasmuch as I spent the vast majority of my camera time interviewing HPE execs and customers, rather than my ESG colleagues. The customer interviews were done for HPE and will appear on its channels over the coming weeks. Meantime, in this summary video you'll find sample "snippets" from some of the HPE exec interviews (with full versions to follow soon), together with a comment from me about mega-events in general, and then specifically my key takeaway from Discover in Madrid.

Topics: HPE HPE Discover

As the Storage Industry Converges on VMworld, HPE and NetApp are Poised to Make Noise

It’s the middle of summer. While for some that means time for a well-needed vacation, for those of us in the enterprise storage industry, it means that VMworld is just around the corner. Over the past few years, VMworld has become the premier multi-vendor storage industry event. While there is some debate on whether that status may be up for grabs over the next few years, VMworld still serves as an opportunity to take stock of the latest in storage innovations and capture a glimpse of how storage vendors' strategies are progressing with their customers.

Topics: Storage Netapp VMware VMworld Nimble HPE Simplicity

HPE Gets Nimble: Dollars, Distribution...and Differentiation

 So, as of this week Nimble is a part of HPE. In exchange for a billion dollars (plus taking on $200M of equity awards) HPE gets the hybrid and all-flash vendor that achieved a highly-respectable $402M in sales in its last fiscal year.

Topics: Storage Nimble HPE

HPE gets "Nimble" for $1 Billion

The enterprise storage industry is heating up. Today, HPE announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nimble Storage. HPE will pay $12.50 per share, for a nice round purchase price of $1.0 billion. The move makes sense on a number of fronts for HPE. The first and obvious benefit is that it injects new life and technology into the storage portfolio. While HPE already had some nice storage offerings including 3PAR and the StoreVirtual lineup, HPE’s overall revenue took a hit last year, with quarterly revenue down over 10% year over year. Although these results were similar across many of the big storage players, it is time to act. 

Topics: Storage data storage hybrid storage Nimble HPE All-Flash Array

That was Fast! HPE Closes SimpliVity Acquisition


That was fast! HPE only announced it planned to acquire hyperconverged software vendor SimpliVity on January 17, and it closed exactly one month later, on February 17. Why the hurry? Because they need to!

You can't let a market get away from you, and hyperconverged is a fast growing market. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure decisions, we learned that hyperconverged systems are playing a huge role in IT's plans. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure, we found that 85% of them are using or plan to adopt hyperconverged solutions. 

Topics: nutanix Simplivity Converged Infrastructure HPE dell-emc hyperconverged

HPE Acquires SimpliVity as the Market (Hyper)Converges

As you've probably heard by now, HPE announced this week that it intends to acquire hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity. This is a definitively good move for HPE. The deal certainly isn't as big as Dell EMC, but it does have far reaching portfolio implications for HPE and its customers and it puts HPE in a much stronger position to take on Dell EMC. HPE now brings more value to the discussion and this aligns with their higher level strategy of focusing on “stack” value.

For IT professionals this is a certainly a win.  HPE is going to bring this to market with force and that will result in more competition, better support and improved buyer leverage.

Topics: Simplivity Converged Infrastructure HPE HCI

A Slimmer HPE Means There’s More to “Discover?" (Includes Video)

As is now traditional, HPE follows the US Thanksgiving celebrations with its Discover event in Europe. Just last week thousands of loyal HPE users, potential users, and a bunch of market watchers turned up in London's Docklands to hear what the company had to show and tell.

Taking a hint from the [surprising] local weather, HPE sported a decidedly sunny disposition all week. Perhaps that's to be expected after the HP split and the more recent - ongoing – spin-out/mergers of the software and services parts of the business. This is clearly a middle-aged company that has shed weight...the question now is how nimble and nifty it can be while remaining both valuable and invaluable to its customers. I add some extra commentary below, but first please take a look at the video blog I put together at Discover - a quick skim across a very large pond.

Topics: Storage London HPE HPE Discover Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Are we evaluating the storage technology name or the benefit?

As a storage analyst, I am repeatedly asked to compare one storage technology solution to another. Several years ago, this wasn’t very difficult. In enterprise storage, there were really only a couple options: SAN or NAS. When comparing SAN storage, evaluations looked at performance, data resiliency features, and price. When comparing NAS solutions, technical comparisons likely emphasized price and capacity scaling, along with a myriad of different file system-specific features such as how granular the system could manage quotas or snapshots. Depending on how you look at it, those might be considered the good old days for a storage analyst. Comparing solutions was relatively easy.

Topics: Storage Netapp Gartner Scale-out HPE All flash File System