VMware Cloud Foundation and HPE Synergy – a collaboration that answers your cloud questions

A simpler approach to realizing hybrid IT and the software defined data center
By John Gilmartin, VP and GM Integrated Systems BU, VMware

The longstanding relationship between VMware and HPE continues to grow stronger, building on 18 years of collaboration. We share a vision for the future of computing and are helping our customers move towards a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and Hybrid IT.

Now, VMware Cloud Foundation and HPE Synergy provide a powerful combination that can help organizations realize that vision more quickly and easily.

VMware has simplified the path to hybrid cloud by delivering a single integrated software platform – VMware Cloud Foundation – that delivers a complete software-defined data center stack that can span across private and public clouds. This enables a consistent operational model that leverages a business’s existing tools, processes and people. Research shows that the market for hybrid cloud services is estimated to grow from $33.2B in 2016 to $91.7B by 2021, and 67% of our customers are planning for an ideal end state where they will rely on a mix of private and multiple public cloud services. Cloud Foundation helps them chart a practical path to get there.

While Cloud Foundation takes care of the software, organizations require a flexible backbone to support this transition to hybrid IT. This is where HPE steps in with HPE Synergy, giving you the infrastructure you need to effectively run any application and gearing you up with a modern data center equipped with the next generation of blades and composable infrastructure. HPE Synergy “Composability” means that you can use software to allocate the right set of hardware resources (compute, storage and networking) while VMware Cloud Foundation automates the delivery of the software-defined services that your workloads require. IDC estimates that the addressable opportunity for the Composable/Disaggregated-Infrastructure Market could easily exceed $45 billion in 2020, showing that this is a future-proof solution.

As Phil Davis, chief sales officer of HPE explained in this blog post:

“Composable infrastructure is not a technology of the future- it’s already available today. With more than 1,400 customers, HPE Synergy is a battle-tested 100% software-defined infrastructure, embraced for its ability to compose fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric resources into any configuration and for any application, all through a single user interface. HPE first introduced our vision for composability in 2015 and launched HPE Synergy, the industry’s first composable infrastructure, in 2016.”

With the Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 release, HPE Synergy became a certified platform for VMware Cloud Foundation. The certification is recognition of HPE Synergy as the first Composable Infrastructure to run VMware Cloud Foundation. Enterprises can reap the rewards of a private cloud that is based on VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center running on Composable Infrastructure that is flexible, easy to deploy and simple to operate. They can also possess a common, standardized software platform that can be consumed as a service through VMware’s ecosystem of public cloud service providers. Customers can therefore build a hybrid cloud environment easier than ever before, leveraging their existing skill set and processes.

HPE and VMware are providing a simple path to Hybrid IT and SDDC by delivering a common platform and a modern infrastructure for supporting hybrid configurations.


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