HP Enterprise Unveils Midrange Hyper Converged 380 Appliance

By Pedro Hernandez

HP Enterprise (HPE) took the wraps off its new midrange integrated system for medium-sized businesses and remote office branch office (ROBO) environments today, Hyper Converged 380 (HC 380).

Based on HPE ProLiant DL380 server hardware and powered by Intel Xeon E5 processors, the combined compute, storage, virtualization and management solution heralds a new era of enterprise-grade capabilities that can be managed by IT generalists.

According to HPE, template-based management workflows allow users to deploy virtual machines in five clicks and add capacity in a 15 minutes. Non-disruptive firmware updates take a mere three clicks, boasts the company. Designed for a wide variety of workloads, including virtual desktop infrastructure, virtual servers, cloud and big data processing, a dual-node HC 380 can scale to up to 16 nodes.

For administrators, HPE is rolling out a new, mobile-friendly management interface called the HPE OneView user experience (UX). Available for both desktop PCs and mobile devices, OneView UX enables IT administrators to manage and monitor their HC 380 systems on their smartphones, if desired.

To help businesses make the most of the HC 380, the system offers built-in analytics and management tools that help combat virtual-machine sprawl. BY HPE's estimates, the HC 380 can slash virtual machine over-provisioning by 90 percent.

Fundamentally, systems like the HC 380 helps software-defined IT infrastructure trickle down to smaller organizations, according to Said Syed, group manager of HPE Hyper-Converged Product Management.

"Hyper-converged solutions bring IT one step closer to a truly software-defined data center. The software layer lends itself to ever-greater automation—a hallmark of the SDDC —with application programming interfaces (APIs) dictating how control plane applications talk to each other. Ultimately, the idea is to take all of the guesswork out of deploying, provisioning and managing the infrastructure," blogged Syed last week, ahead of today's announcement.

"One key value of HC [hyper-converged] platforms is that they bring the SDDC within the reach of smaller and mid-size businesses," he continued.

In keeping with the 'E' in HPE, the company believes that big businesses will also find reasons to like the new offering. Hyper-converged platforms are "also great for larger enterprises that want to set up data centers at branch offices and remote offices," Syed wrote. "Because it's a single, compact appliance that can be managed by an IT generalist, an HC platform is ideal for environments with limited IT resources."

HPE HC 380 is scheduled to start shipping on March 31. Pricing details will be made available at that time, said HPE.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on March 15, 2016