Jun 24 2020

HPE Discover 2020: Advanced Hybrid Storage Produces Technology Heroes

Businesses can minimize outages, keep company resources running and grow at their own pace.

Everyone would love a chance to be a hero. And while there are many different types of heroes for many different situations, Gokul Sathiacama, Senior Director - Primary Storage Product Management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was referring to an IT hero when he presented at the HPE Discover 2020 virtual conference.

For the past decade, Sathiacama has been helping IT professionals be heroes within their businesses by guiding them to the right storage infrastructure to limit network outages. When outages do happen, customers can’t get services, employees can’t do their jobs, the business loses out on potential revenue — and IT professionals find themselves working during off hours.

Preparing for the Unexpected

While completely eliminating the chance of an outage is impossible, HPE Nimble Storage can help make outages rare and help get you back up and running quickly, minimizing downtime. Sathiacama cited three steps a business can take to make their infrastructure foundationally sound to prepare for the unexpected.

Step One: Prevent network downtime from happening. Information overload is unavoidable for humans, and that’s why artificial intelligence can help us see the big picture, said Sathiacama. “If you had AI assistance or an intelligence engine in your data center, you could minimize or completely eliminate disruptions in your data center.”

HPE InfoSight is the AI engine built into HPE Nimble Storage. It’s a cloud-based intelligence engine that has been gathering telemetric data for Nimble arrays for the past 10 years. According to Sathiacama, InfoSight can diagnose and resolve 86 percent of issues on its own, resulting in a 79 percent decrease in storage operational expenses. InfoSight also provides “six nines” availability — that’s 99.9999 percent. InfoSight is also starting to expand beyond just storage. “As InfoSight learns and gets smarter, the path toward an autonomous data center becomes probable and very clear,” said Sathiacama.

Step Two: Provide an agile and cloudlike experience on-premises. “You want to provide for agility,” said Sathiacama. “You want to be able to scale quickly and efficiently on an as-needed basis.” An important part of storage is keeping costs down by paying only for what’s needed. “With Nimble Storage dHCI in conjunction with HPE GreenLake, you can achieve just that,” he said. The term dHCI stands for disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure, and it allows a business to scale compute, storage and networking resources independently while managing them as a single entity. “This means you can add only the required storage and compute on networking resources without the need to add a complete node that contains all of them, regardless of whether you need them or not,” said Sathiacama. Resources can be scaled independently, but are all managed centrally, so it does not require a storage or networking expert to operate this environment.

Step Three: Ensure you have the ability to expand into — or out of — the cloud as necessary. Whether your applications are in the cloud, on-premises, or both, you want an agile infrastructure that allows you to move your data around when you need to. Nimble Storage in conjunction with HPE Cloud Volumes makes that simple, allowing businesses to move data into and out of the cloud as necessary. You have the ability to copy your data to the cloud with Cloud Volumes and attach it to public cloud providers who can provide you the necessary application environment. Or, you have the ability to back up your on-premises data with Cloud Volumes Backup for disaster recovery purposes.

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