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Domo arigato, Mr ROBO: HPE hyperconverged box lunges at mid-size biz

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As expected, HPE has announced a ProLiant DL380-based hyper-converged system; one that is for remote and branch offices (ROBO) and mid-sized businesses.

The HC 380 converges DL380 compute and DAS, StoreVirtual storage software, vSphere hypervisor, GUI, and networking to provide an all-in-one scale-out system.

It has five "nines" (99.999 per cent) availability and can scale from two to sixteen nodes.

Ric Lewis, HPE's Converged Data Center Infrastructure SVP and GM, came up with a neat canned quote, saying customers for the HC 380 will have a "VM vending machine at their fingertips," which then regrettably went downhill into meaningless marketing malarkey: "enabling them to accomplish tasks at cloud speed."

The new thing about the HC 380 is its GUI and UX (user experience) management software that automates things to make life simpler. HPE says the product installs in minutes, calling it a self-install, and then virtual machines (VMs) can be deployed with five clicks.

Users (IT generalists) "can update firmware and drivers in only three clicks, without service interruption."

It claims "built-in analytics and tools enable IT to reduce VM sprawl and over-provisioning of VMs by 90 per cent."

The HC 380 can be bought with an HPE Flexible Capacity deal, combining product and support with predictable monthly payment options. Alternatively HPE Pre-Provisioning provides pre-configured hardware in advance of need, and there is a pay-per-virtual-machine scheme.

Customers get a single point of contact for the HPE hardware and software, as well as VMware environments, with rapid response and 24/7 operations by HPE's support staff, who are described as "senior experts."

The HC 380 will be available on March 31, with pricing, previously promised by Meg Whitman to be 20 per cent less than Nutanix, revealed at that time. ®

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