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HPE: We're 'opening floodgates' for Synergy orders... a year after launch

Injects Helion CloudSystem 10, confirms tech extensions to hyper-converged systems

Hewlett Packard Enteprise's composable infrastructure is going into mainstream distribution in January, a year after the covers were first lifted off the machine – with some added fluffy white stuff and hyper-converged extensions.

Synergy was made public at HPE's Discover event in London in December 2015. It offers IT bosses a fluid pool of compute, storage, and fabric in an infrastructure managed by software.

It started shipping to a limited number of beta punters in April.

Rick Lewis, senior veep and GM for software-defined data centre and cloud at HPE, said about 100 punters globally had deployed Synergy and were testing it.

"We had 100 early-access customers, we haven't opened the floodgates on volume. Now we will," he told The Register.

He confirmed that the "factories are ramped up to ship in January" and "several thousand modules" had been ordered by customers.

It's always better to make sure these new innovations work to limit the number of executive red faces before a product goes mainstream, a point that won't be lost on most tech vendors, including HPE.

Lewis claimed his employer was showing rivals the way forward as they currently had no answer to Synergy. "They are a year behind.”

Of course, Synergy customers without biting data sovereignty challenges or those outside industries with particularly sensitive compliance considerations could always go the public cloud route.

With the wider availability of Synergy, HPE also revealed it is bringing "composability" of resource pools to the firm's Open Stack hybrid cloud platform, Helion CloudSystem 10 – a private cloud built on a composable infrastructure.

This will let IT heads run bare metal, virtualised, containerised and cloud-native apps on a single infrastructure, and shift – compose or de-compose – the resources where needed.

Composability is also being extended to HPE's hyper-converged operating environment with a software update including new workspace controls that let IT bods shape virtualised resources for various lines of business, letting the IT department act more as an internal service provider. That, at least, is the aim.

Lewis said the global public cloud market was expanding at 20 per cent a year and private by 17 per cent. He added that the stats showed "hybrid cloud will win and companies that make the hybrid IT experience the simplest will win".

This, of course, is easier said than done. ®

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