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HPE buys supercomputing giant Cray for $1.3 billion

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is acquiring the supercomputer leader Cray in a deal worth $1.3 billion. The company aims to address the challenges driven by the explosion of data.

Cray holds its position among the top 100 supercomputer installations globally. Founded in 1972, Cray provides high-end supercomputing solutions for challenging and data-intensive workloads. The company delivers its supercomputing systems through the current generation XC and CS platforms, as well as the Shasta series platform.

The supercomputing leader recently announced an Exascale supercomputer contract with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The contract was valued at over $600 million, enabling innovative research and AI at scale.

HPE will combine the deep supercomputing capabilities of Cray with its cutting-edge technologies, stepping ahead on the strategy to tackle the most data-intensive challenges of customers.

Modern technologies like AI, machine learning, big data and analytics, and the changing demands of customers for data-intensive workloads are exploding the amount of data generation. This is driving the expansion of high-performance computing (HPC).

With Cray acquisition, HPE will establish a broad portfolio of computing, storage, interconnect, software and services in the HPC and AI segments.

HPE already sees HPC as a key element of its vision and growth strategy. It provides a number of HPC solutions, which include HPE Apollo and SGI. The company will now be well positioned to strengthen its existing portfolio with the foundational technologies of Cray.

“Answers to some of society’s most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO, HPE.

“Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more. Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation. By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.”

Further, the companies together will be able to reach more segments of the market, to provide a wide range of solutions to enterprise, academic, and government customers.

Also read: HPE expands its storage networking portfolio to meet demands of next-gen technologies

“This is an amazing opportunity to bring together Cray’s leading-edge technology and HPE’s wide reach and deep product portfolio, providing customers of all sizes with integrated solutions and unique supercomputing technology to address the full spectrum of their data-intensive needs,” said Peter Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray.

“HPE and Cray share a commitment to customer-centric innovation and a vision to create the global leader for the future of high performance computing and AI. On behalf of the Cray Board of Directors, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that we believe maximizes value and are excited for the opportunities that this unique combination will create for both our employees and our customers.”

The transaction will close by the first quarter of HPE’s fiscal year 2020, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.


Shortage of Intel processors impacted demand for global PC shipments in 1Q19: Analysts

According to market analysts Gartner and IDC, the global demand for personal computers (PC) shipments declined in the first quarter of 2019.

Both the analysts indicated that the PC shipments around the world totalled 58.5 million units during the quarter. While Gartner says that it is a decline of 4.6% from the first quarter last year, IDC indicated a 3% decline.

“We saw the start of a rebound in PC shipments in mid-2018, but anticipation of a disruption by CPU shortages impacted all PC markets as vendors allocated to the higher-margin business and Chromebook segment,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner.

“While the consumer market remained weak, the mix of product availability may have also hindered demand. In contrast, Chromebook shipments increased by double digits compared with the first quarter of 2018, despite the shortage of entry-level CPUs. Including Chromebook shipments, the total worldwide PC market decline would have been 3.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019.”

The analysts said that there was a shortage of Intel processors, which contributed to the shrinkage in the first quarter. However, the market still performed better than expected.

“Desktop PCs were surprisingly resilient as the commercial segment helped drive a refresh during the quarter,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers. “Capitalizing on this refresh cycle, the top vendors – HP, Lenovo, and Dell – each increased their year-over-year volume and captured additional share in the desktop PC market.”

Both Gartner and IDC placed HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Apple among the top four PC vendors, but the rankings varied.

As per Gartner, Lenovo, HP, and Dell together held a 61.5% market share in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 56.9% in the first quarter of 2018.

Also read: Global public cloud services market will cross $300B mark by 2022: Gartner

IDC reported that more PC brands opted for AMD chips, and turned to Windows 10 migration. This led the market from traditional PCs to commercial and premium products. The reason behind users shifting to Windows 10 is because Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 next year.

Although, there are slight differences between the stats by Gartner and IDC, but the numbers aren’t too dissimilar.

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HPE Aruba to support Make in India and Digital India initiatives with its new manufacturing plan

Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, is going to start manufacturing of its wired and wireless solutions in India.

Owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Aruba has invested around $300 million in India over the last five years for the development of its products. With the new initiative, the company will support the Indian government’s Make in India and Digital India practices.

“The fast-growing Indian economy and highly skilled talent pool are critical to the growth of Aruba worldwide. We are committed to fostering the development of the country and its people, through expanding manufacturing in the region. It is a matter of great pride for me personally to lead Aruba and to play a foundational role in its success,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba.

“Data and connectivity are catalysts for growth in India, and Aruba is excited to play an important role in the growth story. We are already investing about $60M USD annully in R&D and this will grow.”

The Make in India and Digital India practices aim to digitally transform the country by connecting people, services and devices. These initiatives need wired and wireless connectivity and reliable infrastructure. Other than connectivity, these services and infrastructure will provide location services, emergency response systems, and crowd management.

The connectivity infrastructure will also deliver training to Indian citizens, and drive employability and entrepreneurship. Thus, the country will become one of the largest consumers of wireless solutions.

With its new move, HPE Aruba will manufacture the products that can meet the market demands and accelerate the initiatives of Indian government to digitally transform the country.

“We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem of product development, software development and innovation in India,” said Santanu Ghose, director – India, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

“JAM – jan-dhan, Aadhar, and mobile-connectivity have been hailed as the building blocks for economic growth as we march towards being a $3 trillion economy by 2020.  Ubiquitous data connectivity will play a big role in this growth story, and Aruba, with its strong intellectual property and mobile-first philosophy, is ideally poised to facilitate this growth.  The manufacturing capability in India will give us added advantages to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will also deliver benefits and new experiences for other parts of the world as well.”

Initially, the products manufactured by HPE Aruba will be targeted for only Indian market but will grow over the time to be exported to other countries as well. Aruba’s this idea will make India an export hub, eventually supporting the Make in India initiative.

Also read: BSNL moves into IoT market with Unlimit partnership

“Wi-Fi network infrastructure is now a key enabler of technological empowerment for Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” said Professor Vivek Singh, BHU, Varanasi.

“I am quite hopeful that Aruba’s plan to start network hardware manufacturing in India will be a significant step towards localization, improving cost structures and enhancing the overall user experience. This will help ensure the rapid development and acceleration of the digital transformation process of Indian HEIs”.

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HPE 3PAR updated with support for InfoSight, Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced significant new features for HPE 3PAR to help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation initiatives by providing self-service storage and self-improving infrastructure.

HPE 3PAR is an all-flash data storage array that enables high service levels and instant application provisioning for SMEs, large enterprises, as well as service providers.

The updates to HPE 3PAR include new predictive support automation with HPE InfoSight, new toolsets for automating and managing the 3PAR for cloud, DevOps, virtualization and container environments, and more.

“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 is a cloud-based AI platform for data collection and analysis. It can predict and automate resolution to problems and make HPE storage smarter and more reliable.

Its integration with 3PAR will allow customers to predict and prevent issues across infrastructure stack. The company said that InfoSight applies data science and intelligent case automation to minimize possibility of a known issue, and bring AI to data center.

3PAR is also a DevOps and container-friendly platform that comes integrated with Docker and Mesosphere DC/OS. HPE has now added support for Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift to it.

Along with these features, a new plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestrator has also been added to 3PAR for faster deployment and streamlining for storage management. Native infrastructure management toolchains have also been improved, empowering DevOps teams to be more agile.

HPE 3PAR now comes with new pre-built blueprints for configuration management tools including Chef, Puppet and Ansible, and language software development kits in Ruby and Python.

Also read: HPE expands its storage networking portfolio to meet demands of next-gen technologies

Support for HPE InfoSight, and extended application automation features is now available to HPE 3PAR customers at no additional charge.

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HPE to invest $4 billion in intelligent edge technologies over the next four years

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is planning to invest $4 billion into intelligent edge technologies and services over the next four years.

Antonio Neri, CEO of HPE, announced the company’s plan at Discover conference. Edge computing or intelligent edge, as HPE refers to it, covers most of the modern technologies entering the market.

Aim of the new investment is to help customers turn all their data from every edge to any cloud into intelligence, said HPE. It will drive seamless interactions between people and things, and provide personalized user experiences.

HPE will specifically invest in research and development to transform the services, products, and consumption models covering cybersecurity, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

“Data is the new intellectual property, and companies that can distill intelligence from their data —whether in a smart hospital or an autonomous car—will be the ones to lead,” said Antonio Neri. “HPE has been at the forefront of developing technologies and services for the Intelligent Edge, and with this investment, we are accelerating our ability to drive this growing category for the future.”

Gartner forecasted that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside traditional, centralized data center or cloud by 2022, up from around 10% in 2018. Most of the digital business projects will be created at the edge.

HPE plans to meet all the demands of intelligent edge with the new investment plan. The company is already a prominent player in fast-growing market for intelligent edge. For instance, HPE’s Aruba and Pointnext services are helping Gatwick Airport in becoming the most technologically advanced airport in the world.

Also read: HPE simplifies hybrid cloud management with GreenLake Hybrid Cloud

“The next evolution in enterprise technology will be in edge-to-cloud architecture,” continued Neri.  “Enterprises will require millions of distributed clouds that enable real-time insights and personalized experiences exactly where the action is happening.”

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HPE advances OneView and OneSphere to simplify hybrid IT

With HPE OneView reaching one million licenses globally, HPE is simplifying the infrastructure management with advancements to OneView and OneSphere. The company aims to help businesses automate and streamline data center operations, gain insights faster across hybrid cloud and accelerate service delivery.

HPE OneView is an infrastructure automation engine that helps enterprises to deploy workloads faster and increase efficiency through workflow automation.

The new features in HPE OneView 4.1 will enable customers to automate virtual machine (VM) farm lifecycle management for VM clusters and offer cloud-based support.

It features integrations for Microsoft Azure Log Analytics and VMware vRealize Orchestrator, to enable faster deployment of workloads. HPE said that integration with Azure Log Analytics will provide a bridge between Microsoft cloud management services and HPE hardware infrastructure.

OneView for VMware vRealize Orchestrator will automate the complex IT tasks. It comes with a predefined set of HPE tasks and workflows that customers can use in vRealize Orchestrator.

Further, HPE stated that there are new reference configurations in OneView for Chef automation, and reference architecture for HPE Synergy with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. This expanded ecosystem will help customers to quickly compose infrastructure and workloads.

“As enterprise cloud adoption continues to mature, organizations are developing a comprehensive strategy for managing both on- and off-premises infrastructure,” said Ric Lewis, senior vice president and general manager, Software Defined and Cloud Group, HPE. “HPE OneView brings together all aspects of everyday lifecycle management across compute, storage and network resources into one place, giving companies the cloud performance they need to meet today’s rapidly evolving business needs.”

On the other hand, HPE OneSphere is an as-a-service hybrid cloud management solution used to simplify management of hybrid clouds. It is a platform for IT operations, business executives and developers to work together effectively.

With the updates, OneSphere now includes expanded support for Microsoft Azure public cloud and Kernal-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. It will help enterprises to easily provision resources and get key insights in utilizations and costs of workloads usage in clouds.

Also read: Red Hat and HPE collaborate to accelerate container application delivery

OneSphere is now available, while OneView 4.1 is expected to be available by end of June 2018.


Global modular data center market expected to touch $59 billion by 2023: KBV Research

Global modular data center market will reach $59.3 billion by 2023, showing a CAGR of 29% during the forecast period (2017-2023), according to a report by KBV Research.

Modular data center is a portable method to deploy the capacity of data centers. It can be deployed anywhere the capacity is needed. Modular data centers come with purpose-built modules and components, to provide scalability with power and cooling options.

  • By Components:

In 2016, the functional module solutions dominated the global module data center market, and is expected to continue its dominance till 2023.

On the other hand, the services market will grow at a CAGR of 33.9% during the forecast period.

  • By Region:

In 2016, North America held the largest share in global modular data center market, and is expected to be a dominant market till 2023. The North America market will witness a CAGR of 28.2% during the forecast period.

Modular data center market in Europe region will grow at a CAGR of 28.9% during the forecast period.

Whereas, APAC region will grow at a CAGR of 32.3% during the forecast period.

  • By Verticals:

In 2016, the BFSI market held the largest share in global data center market, and is expected to dominate the market till 2023. According to the report, BFSI market will grow at a CAGR of 27.5% during the forecast period.

Healthcare market will grow at a CAGR of 28.3% during the forecast period.

Whereas, the retail market is expected to reach $7800.4 million by 2023.

Also read: Global Remote Infrastructure Management market expected to touch $44 billion by 2023: KBV Research

The main companies outlined in the report included HPE, IBM, Cisco, Dell, Vertiv, Schneider Electric SE, Flexenclosure AB, Bladeroom Group, Eaton, and Huawei.

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Red Hat and HPE collaborate to accelerate container application delivery

Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) are joining forces to make it easier for enterprises to bring containers into production.

Although, the containerized applications can be easily deployed in development and testing environments, but enterprise-grade containers are difficult to deploy in production. They need container scalability, additional security, persistent storage and manageability to deploy containers in production.

To fulfil all these necessities, Red Hat and HPE are pairing their technologies. The companies will optimize Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP) on HPE Synergy and other HPE platforms.

“Deploying large-scale container environments to the enterprise data center is not simple,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president & general manager, HPE Blade System. “Through our long-standing collaboration with Red Hat, we’re aiming to accelerate the adoption and deployment of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with HPE solutions from proof of concept to large scale deployment. Customers of both companies can now modernize their platform leveraging each of our services, support, and validated Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform technology stacks on HPE Synergy and HPE Nimble and 3PAR storage arrays.”

OpenShift Container Platform is used to manage container deployments for widely adopted standards including Kubernetes and Linux containers. On the other hand, HPE Synergy is a composable infrastructure that integrates storage, compute, and network equipment.

HPE will help customers to migrate to OpenShift Container Platform with containerization services through HPE Pointnext. A new reference architecture will also be created to deploy scalable container platforms from development to operations through a validated design of RHOCP on HPE Synergy with 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage.

“DevOps and agile application development are helping customers to deliver on the promise of digital transformation with accelerated application development and microservices architectures,” said Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat. “Together, Red Hat and HPE aim to deliver a container-based solution that enables customers to not only build new cloud-native apps and microservices, but also to modernize legacy applications.”

Also read: Latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 release eyes hybrid cloud

The joint solution will also provide a complete set of Ansible playbooks for automated deployment of HPE Synergy with RHOCP. It is expected to be available in September 2018.

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HPE’s RedPixie acquisition to bolster its hybrid IT consulting expertise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Tuesday announced that it has acquired the UK-based cloud consulting firm RedPixie, to enhance its hybrid IT consulting capabilities and help customers seamlessly deploy and manage workloads across different environments.

The acquisition will strengthen HPE Pointnext’s professional services. HPE Pointnext is an IT services organization at HPE that offers a set of advisory, migration, integration and operation consulting services to make hybrid IT simple and power the intelligent edge.

RedPixie provides cloud consulting, application development and migration services to companies moving their workloads to cloud. It can handle traditional consulting projects, and has a particular focus on cloud-based data science.

Founded in 2010, RedPixie also helps enterprises to build and manage Azure hybrid cloud solutions, including Azure analytics, machine learning and connected devices.

HPE had acquired another cloud consultancy named Cloud Technology Partners (CTP) in September last year at an undisclosed amount. HPE is looking to grab major opportunities in the Hybrid IT consulting and cloud native development market, which has already reached around $6 billion.

With the acquisition of RedPixie, HPE expanded its hybrid IT portfolio to better serve the customers, help them build new digital solutions, and drive the organizational growth.

“Some workloads are best suited to the public cloud, some should live in a private cloud environment and others need to stay in traditional on-premises infrastructure.  Finding the right mix will enable businesses to analyze data quickly, efficiently manage workloads and ultimately accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and improving operational performance,” wrote Ana Pinczuk, SVP and GM, HPE Pointnext, in a blog post.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Dell EMC, HPE and IBM continue their dominance in global server market 

The global server market witnessed a significant growth in 2017, with revenue going up by 10.4% and shipments growing by 3.1%, as compared to an year before, according to Gartner’s latest report.

The growth was highest in the final quarter of 2017, where server revenue increased by 25.7% and shipment grew by 8.8% YoY.

“Server growth was driven by relatively strong economies for the quarter across the globe,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “This was a somewhat surprising quarter because the strength was exhibited in a variety of positive server shipment and revenue mixes in almost all geographies.”

  • By server revenue:

Based on revenue, Dell EMC dominated the global server market in the fourth quarter of 2017, holding 19.4% share of the total market. It witnessed growth of around 40% as compared to an year ago.

HPE closely followed Dell EMC, holding 19.3% of the total market, and showing a growth of 5.5%. In the third quarter of 2017, HPE had ranked first in the server revenue, but the position has now been taken by Dell EMC.

The other leaders in the server market were IBM, Inspur Electronics, and Huawei.

Inspur Electronics, the leading cloud computing and big data service provider, saw the largest growth (127.8%) in the server revenue and jumped in the list of top five server vendors.

  • By server shipments:

In Q4 2016, Dell EMC had dominated the market in server shipments, and continued its dominance in 2017, holding 18.2% share of the total market.

HPE witnessed a decline of 12.8% in the server shipments, but still ranked second in the list with 13.8% market share.

Lenovo failed to cut place among the server revenue market leaders, but ranked fifth in the server shipments market with 5.7% share.

“Both enterprises and hyperscale data centers produced positive results globally for the year as end users seek to implement more digital business solutions,” said Mr. Hewitt. “The outlook for 2018 suggests that modest growth will continue, with enterprise end users taking an ongoing hybrid approach to both on-premises and public cloud choices based on their server application objectives.”

  • By regions: 

North America and Asia Pacific region represented the largest market share in terms of revenue (27.6% and 35.1%, respectively). Both the regions witnessed significant growth in shipments as well, growing 9.7% (North America) and 21.2% (APAC).

EMEA and Japan saw robust revenue growth in 2017, but declined in terms of shipments.

Latin America witnessed decline in both the terms in final quarter of 2017.

Also read: Gartner recognized Microsoft a leader in OPDBMS market for third time

Gartner will discuss the server market trends and infrastructure and operations at Gartner Global Infrastructure & Operations events in April, May and June.

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