HPE unveils a new SimpliVity appliance


Two months after acquiring SimpliVity for US$650 million, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is beginning to reshape the company’s converged infrastructure offering in its own image. 

SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, the OmniCube, replaces storage switches, cloud gateways, high-availability shared storage, and appliances for backup and deduplication, WAN optimization, and storage caching. The company also offers OmniStack, the software powering the OmniCube, packaged for other vendors’ hardware.

Now HPE has qualified that software on its workhorse ProLiant DL380 server and will sell it as the snappily titled HPE SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack, Mark Linesch, the vice president for global strategy and operations of HPE’s enterprise group, said Tuesday at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

SimpliVity’s website already lists the 380 among the product options, alongside versions of OmniStack tailored for Dell PowerEdge, Lenovo System x, and Cisco UCS servers for which it provided first-line support, handing off hardware matters to the vendors.

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