DH2i Closes 2021 As Another Year of Record Sales Growth, Product Innovation, and Strategic Partnership Development
Strengthened Foothold Across Key Verticals and Transitioned to 100% Software as a Subscription Model
Strengthened Foothold Across Key Verticals and Transitioned to 100% Software as a Subscription Model
Today, HPE introduced Ezmeral, a new software portfolio and brand name at its Discovery Virtual Event (DVE), with product offerings ranging from container orchestration and management, AI/ML and data analytics, cost control, IT automation and AI-driven operations, and security. The new product line continues the company’s trend of creating software closely bundled to its hardware offerings.
Three years ago, HPE divested itself of its software division. Much of the ‘spin-merge’, as it was called, was a portfolio of software components that didn’t have a cohesive strategy. The software that was left to remain in the company was closely tied to hardware and infrastructure – its core businesses. And like the software that powers its infrastructure, OneView and InfoSight, the new Ezmeral line is built around infrastructure automation, namely Kubernetes.
Infrastructure orchestration is the core competency of the Ezmeral suite of software – with the HPE Ezmeral Container Platform servicing the the foundational building block for the rest of the portfolio. Introduced in November, HPE Container Platform is a pure Kubernetes distribution, certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and supported by HPE. HPE touts it as an enterprise-ready distribution. HPE is not doing a lot of value add at the container space, but they are working to help enterprise adopt and lifecycle Kubernetes.
Kubernetes has emerged as the de-facto infrastructure orchestration software. Originally developed by Google, it allows container workloads to be defined and orchestrated in an automated way, including remediation and leveling. It provides an abstracted way to handle networking and storage – through the use of plug-ins developed by different providers.
A single software does not make a portfolio, however, so there is more. In addition to the Kubernetes underpinnings, the acquisition of BlueData by HPE provides the company with an app store and controller which assists with the lifecycle and upgrades of both the products running on the Container Platform and the platform itself. There is a lot of value to companies in these components.
In addition, the HPE Data Fabric is also a component of the portfolio allowing customers to pick and choose their stateful storage services and plugins within the Kubernetes platform.
The focus of the App Store is on analytics and big data – with artificial intelligence and machine learning as a focus as well. The traditional big data software titles – Spark, Kafka, Hadoop, etc. – will continue to be big portions of the workloads intended to run on the HPE Ezmeral Container Platform.
The new announcement for HPE Discover Virtual Event centers around Machine Learning and ML Ops.
According to the press release, HPE Ezmeral ML Ops software leverages containerization to streamline the entire machine learning model lifecycle across on-premises, public cloud, hybrid cloud, and edge environments. The solution introduces a DevOps-like process to standardize machine learning workflows and accelerate AI deployments from months to days. Customers benefit by operationalizing AI / ML data science projects faster, eliminating data silos, seamlessly scaling from pilot to production, and avoiding the costs and risks of moving data. HPE Ezmeral ML Ops will also now be available through HPE GreenLake.
“The HPE Ezmeral software portfolio fuels data-driven digital transformation in the enterprise by modernizing applications, unlocking insights, and automating operations,” said Kumar Sreekanti, CTO and Head of Software for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Our software uniquely enables customers to eliminate lock-in and costly legacy licensing models, helping them to accelerate innovation and reduce costs, while ensuring enterprise-grade security. With over 8,300 software engineers in HPE continually innovating across our edge to cloud portfolio and signature customer wins in every vertical, HPE Ezmeral software and HPE GreenLake cloud services will disrupt the industry by delivering an open, flexible, cloud experience everywhere.”
HPE also reiterated its engagement with open-source projects and specifically to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the sponsor of Kubernetes, with an upgraded membership from silver to gold status. The recent acquisition of Scytale, a founding member of the SPIFFE and SPIRE projects, underscores the commitment, representatives say.
“We are thrilled to increase our involvement in CNCF and double down on our contributions to this important open source community,” said Sreekanti. “With our CNCF-certified Kubernetes distribution and CNCF-certification for Kubernetes services, we are focused on helping enterprises deploy containerized environments at scale for both cloud native and non-cloud native applications. Our participation in the CNCF community is integral to building and providing leading-edge solutions like this for our clients.”
Disclaimer: HPE invited me to attend the HPE Discover Virtual Experience as a social influencer. Views and opinions are my own.
Starting today and for the next 20 days, Solarwinds is giving away a ton of prizes in their SolarWinds Network Performance Manager Demo Challenge. The contest is pretty simple. You go to SolarWind’s contest site, you register with your information, answer 5 questions by looking at a demo install of Network Performance Monitoring, and you’re entered to win prizes. There is nothing to download or install – Solarwinds is using their demo Orion install to provide all the answers.
Each day, SolarWinds will be selecting one lucky entry to win their daily prize and all together, the prizes total more than $10,000. SolarWinds hasn’t let us in on all the prizes they are giving away, but they did provide a sampling of the prizes that will be given away:
You can also win a bonus prize – Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones – just for helping us spread the word on Twitter, mentioning @solarwinds and using the hashtag #prizeaday.
Disclosure: I was notified of the contest by press release and I have entered myself and I really hope to win something. Solarwinds is not paying for this post or promotion. I’m a participant – just like you.
HP today unwrapped a new suite of discovery and configuration products dubbed HP Configuration Management System (CMS) 10. The suite brings together the latest versions of HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), Universal Discovery with Content Pack 11, UCMDB Browser and UCMDB Configuration Manager. It also extends UCMDB with multitenant capabilities specifically for managed service providers.
“CMS 10 is about increased visibility and control of the IT service,” said Jimmy Augustine, Director of Product Marketing for HP Software. “The fundamental trend is increased complexity for IT managers. [It] is all about managing the IT service from a business perspective.”
Today’s IT environments change often and quickly, so HP’s Universal Discovery addresses the need of discovering and mapping the rapidly changing landscape of services and systems. Universal Discovery adds a Just In-Time discovery method specifically geared towards cloud discovery with near real-time results. In addition to the new JIT discovery, Universal Discovery provides end-to-end discovery with both agent-based and agent-less discovery methods, intended to be non-intrusive and have no performance impact on systems. Also included new in this version is Content Pack 11 which includes new discovery definitions for applications from vendors like SAP.
HP’s UCMDB is the core of the suite, storing the critical data which can be leveraged for change management, configuration divergence control and compliance needs in organizations. UCMDB is a perfect example that data is powerful. Configuration data is discovered and updated on a consistent basis. Tracking will highlight when and where changes are being made on systems and help keep systems in desired state. In addition to knowing when changes are made, UCMDB is also powerful in helping to reduce the mean time to resolution of problems by efficiently showing what changes were made and allowing them to be reverted.
UCMDB Browser is specifically targeted at peripheral staff who may not have traditionally had a stake in configuration management for the organization. Leveraging the wealth of information collected in the UCMDB, the UCMDB Browser summarizes and exposes the data to the needs of the IT manager, application and security teams. The configuration data can show incidents, problems, defects and events and correlate it back to the specific change made on applications or systems.
CMS 10 is also the first release with multi-tenant capabilities targeted directly to managed service providers. For service providers, CMS 10 will be used to drive standardization across their datacenters, since standardization is on the keys to their business model. Configuration management is also extremely important for ensuring compatible builds across hybrid cloud environments so that when bursting is needed, the systems in the public cloud will match the private cloud systems and work seamlessly.
For an overview of the suite and its capabilities and use-cases, see this interactive presentation from HP.
I’m trying to go paperless at home… well, not really. I’m really trying to make sure some important documents don’t get destroyed if we ever had a fire or other disaster at home. I don’t know why, but that sort of things concerns me now. Maybe it was Hurricane Katrina and memories of Hurricane Hugo blowing over my house years ago, but I digress. What I’ve found is a great little Mac app that does the trick for my document archive – its call Yep. Its billed at iPhoto for your PDF’s and that’s a pretty accurate billing. Its a great library application for your PDF files, wherever they happen to lie on your filesystem.