HPE 3PAR adopts AI and cloud automation to improve storage capabilities; ease burden of administration

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced on Tuesday new features to HPE 3PAR, so users can focus on unlocking the economic value of their data. Updates to HPE 3PAR include new predictive support automation with HPE InfoSight to drive even higher levels of application availability for HPE 3PAR environments, and enhanced application automation for on-premise infrastructure with HPE 3PAR to accelerate DevOps for increased productivity and efficiency.

HPE InfoSight is a cloud-based AI platform built on a unique approach to data collection and analysis, predicting and automating resolution to problems and continuously improving to make HPE storage smarter and more reliable. HPE InfoSight delivers HPE 3PAR customers a predictive analytics framework to anticipate and prevent issues across the infrastructure stack. HPE 3PAR users will now benefit from the HPE InfoSight capabilities to predict problems and automate resolution.

This is in addition to the cross-stack analytics made available to HPE 3PAR customers, which provides IT the ability to resolve performance problems and pinpoint the root cause of issues between the storage and host virtual machines. Since releasing these capabilities, HPE InfoSight has already predicted and auto-resolved 85% of more than 1,500 complex, priority cases across the HPE 3PAR installed base.

“As a financial institution focused on delivering exceptional client service, the availability of our applications is crucial, and we’ve achieved 100% uptime for more than five years with HPE 3PAR storage,” said Ryan Burgess, Manager, Technology Infrastructure, BlueShore Financial. “HPE InfoSight makes this experience even better by pinpointing issues between our storage and virtualized environment. Now that InfoSight predicts and prevents complex problems, it reduces our time spent on infrastructure and allows us more time for innovation and delivering a better experience to our clients.”

HPE InfoSight enables a new and better product experience that applies data science and intelligent case automation to help minimize the possibility of a known issue ever being experienced in the installed base. HPE InfoSight observes, learns and predicts in real time, bringing the most experienced AI to the data center.

“InfoSight, the industry’s first and most mature cloud-based predictive analytics platform for enterprise storage, was one of the crown jewels of the Nimble Storage acquisition in 2017,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president at IDC. “As they promised in the wake of the acquisition, HPE has now extended InfoSight coverage to the HPE 3PAR StoreServ product line. This is a big win for 3PAR customers, who can expect to benefit from InfoSight’s artificial intelligence- and machine learning-informed real-time optimizations to drive higher performance, better availability, lower cost, and improved system-level efficiencies – just as Nimble’s customers have. Cloud-based predictive analytics platforms like InfoSight are the future, and the InfoSight pedigree offers compelling value to HPE customers.”

Enterprises need to develop both mainstream, mission-critical applications and newer, cloud-native applications on the same infrastructure in order to scale and save costs due to multiple storage systems. HPE 3PAR is a DevOps and container-friendly platform, allowing users to run both mainstream and containerized applications on the same enterprise-grade infrastructure.

HPE is also announcing toolsets to automate and manage HPE 3PAR for the cloud, DevOps, virtualization and container environments. In addition to existing integration with Docker and Mesosphere DC/OS, HPE 3PAR now works with Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift to offer automation and integration with container platforms. A new plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, which empowers users with self-service storage automation through pre-built workflows to deploy, and streamline storage management.

It also delivers enhanced native infrastructure management toolchains to empower DevOps teams to be more agile. New pre-built blueprints for configuration management tools available for HPE 3PAR users – Chef, Puppet and Ansible, as well as language software development kits in Ruby and Python – enable DevOps teams to automate storage functions in native programming languages for faster application deliveries.

“With more than 1 million guests shopping our stores each week, we need infrastructure that enables us to constantly create new, innovative solutions to enhance the shopping experience and speed time to market,” said Jeff Bridges, Manager of IT Enterprise Architecture, Security, Compliance, and Licensing, United Supermarkets. “With HPE 3PAR, we can be more advanced and modern in our approach, taking advantage of the speed and flexibility of containers orchestrated by Kubernetes running alongside our traditional applications. As a result, we’ve been able to better support our customers by creating and deploying new guest services faster–like loyalty apps and online shopping options.”

Customers expect the same experience on-premise as they do with the public cloud, including a high degree of automation, no upfront investment by only paying for what is consumed, elasticity of infrastructure, and a secure multi-tenant platform for onboarding unpredictable and heterogeneous workloads. HPE 3PAR has an architectural advantage to deliver these same capabilities on-premise by enabling customers to serve multiple user groups and applications while paying only for what they use via HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity.

“HPE 3PAR offers customers a flexible storage platform that easily adapts to any environment, which is critical as companies embrace new technologies and cloud native applications,” said Ivan Iannaccone, VP and GM, HPE 3PAR. “The new functionalities announced today build on 3PAR’s tier-1 all-flash foundation, and provide the agility needed to keep pace with growing business demands.”

HPE InfoSight predictive support automation is now available to all HPE 3PAR customers with an active support contract at no additional charge, while the extended application automation features are also available to HPE 3PAR customers at no additional charge.


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