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HPE launches hyperconverged appliance at half the price of Nutanix

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March 7, 2016

Having launched a hyperconverged appliance that was half the price of Nutanix in August 2015, the company is now going to launch an even better one that’s 20 percent of Nutanix's cost.

The new HCIA was described in HPE’s Q1 fiscal year 2016 earnings call by CEO Meg Whitman-- “Our new solution will offer customers installation in just a few minutes, a consumer-inspired simple mobile array user experience, and automated IT operations, all at 20 percent lower cost than Nutanix.”

Whitman continued-- “We believe this new system will allow us to quickly become a top player in the $5 billion high-growth hyper-converged market.”

To be sure, this Generation 2 HCIA uses a ProLiant virtualization server, thought to be its Gen 9 ProLiant DL380 unit.

Here are the specifications we already know about it:

  • To be announced sometime in March but no ship date as of yet.
  • Developed in-house with version 1.0 taking four months.
  • Based on DL380 ProLiant virtualization server.
  • Installation in just a few minutes.
  • Consumer-inspired simple user experience.
  • Several automated IT operations is enabled.
  • Offered at a 20 percent lower price than Nutanix.
  • If we compare that with the existing ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual launched in August last year and derive a few implications, the 20 percent lower cost doesn't sound much when compared to HPE’s CS-250-HC that was claimed to be nearly half the price of the Nutanix 3360 G4.

    The CS 250 HC was also configurable in minutes so nothing new there. And the four month development effort means nothing radical can be expected. There's been too little time for that. Probably the new user interface is what the in-house development was about.

    HP CEO Whitman said-- “We very much like this product from a side-by-side comparison, features and functionality to our competitors. I feel good about it and I think it means that we can be a leader in this large and rapidly-growing part of the market.”

    For its part, DataCore says customers can buy a DataCore software/Lenovo hardware HCIA system. So we have 15 competitors to HPE and its HCIAs, including major players such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Nutanix and SimpliVity.

    NetApp has yet to enter the market, and so far shows no signs of doing so. HPE has quite a hyper-converged mountain to climb if it seriously wants to be a leader – one with a top three place – but it has all the pieces in-house (servers, storage, networking, and software) to build itself a strong HCIA solution for today's complex enterprise environments.

    Source: HPE.

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