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HPE launches hybrid cloud tools for SMBs

11 Oct 18

HPE now provides a helping hand for small and medium businesses that are aiming for the cloud. This week HPE announced that SMBs will now have the simplified ability to deploy enterprise-level cloud technologies for better productivity – and a better bottom line.

HPE says that digital transformation has brought advancements across cloud, social media, connected devices, data analytics and much more, but many SMBs just don’t have the right IT infrastructure due to cost and complexity.

“By empowering SMBs with hybrid cloud solutions designed specifically for their workloads, we are accelerating business outcomes and guaranteeing trust in our flexible and reliable products,” says HPE vice president and general manager SMB Segment and ProLiant Tower Servers, Tim Peters.

HPE is now making available a range of automated and flexible deployment tools, purpose-built ProLiant Gen10 servers, and five hybrid cloud solutions that use Microsoft Azure services.

The first solution is called ‘Wireless Office in a Box’ – essentially an on premise way of delivering a business IT infrastructure. It is designed for small, remote, and branch offices.

HPE explains: “This new solution delivers fast, automated on-premises set up and connection of HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers and Aruba network switches and wireless access points through simplified, point-and-click software tools.”

A critical part of cloud deployment is the server. HPE has released the new HPE ProLiant DL20 and ML30 Gen10 servers for SMBs that have big enterprise aspirations.

“With the right balance of capability and capacity, these servers provide class-leading management features through the HPE iLO 5.0 which includes the HPE-exclusive Silicon Root of Trust for enhanced security capabilities”.

•    HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen10 Server: Ideal for core business applications, whether deployed in bare-metal or virtualised environments, this flexible, affordable tower server can easily tailor configurations to meet specific application or performance goals. This flexibility comes from a range of Intel Pentium, Core or Xeon processors, up to 64GB of fast 2666MT/s DDR4 DIMMs, and a choice of four Large Form Factor or eight Small Form Factor drives.

•    HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 Server: Compact and versatile, this rack server packs enterprise-class performance into a 1U chassis only 15 inches deep for space-constrained environments. With a wide range of Intel processor choices, storage capacity options in small or large form factor HDD, SSD and high-performance, low-latency M.2 NVMe drives, the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 delivers exceptional performance, flexibility and value in a highly space-efficient form factor.

HPE and Microsoft have also launched five hybrid cloud solutions that build on features offered by the HPE ProLiant DL20 and ML30 Gen10 servers with Microsoft Azure.

The five hybrid cloud solutions include: Hybrid File and Backup; Hybrid Web Hosting; Hybrid Virtualisation; Hybrid Development and Test; and Hybrid Database.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to delivering new features with our Azure hybrid cloud stack that enable customers to target any workload, no matter the company size,” comments a Microsoft general manager, Rodrigo Rocha.

“Through our collaboration with HPE to bring packaged hybrid IT solutions that eliminate complexity and reduce costs, we’re enabling our SMB customers to increase their business potential and achieve new growth.” 

To complement setup, HPE’s Rapid Setup Software is guided for trouble-free installation. HPE says it can save users up to 70% of the time required to install and configure hardware and software.