Flash forward with HPE Storage

Flash forward with HPE Storage

In today’s digital economy we know that disruption is inevitable, and speed is imperative.  In fact, speed is at the heart of one of the most disruptive trends in the storage industry today – flash. 

Just over a month ago, I announced HPE’s intent to acquire Nimble Storage, a leading provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. Today, I am excited to share that we have closed the deal, creating an unbeatable combined storage portfolio that spans the full range of the market. 

I want to personally welcome the Nimble Storage community of customers, employees, and partners to the HPE family.  With our 75 year heritage of innovation across multiple industries, geographies, and technology domains, this is an incredible opportunity to accelerate the momentum that Nimble Storage has already established in the market. 

Together, we’ll be able to bring flash optimized data services, which provide the right balance of price, performance, and agility, to customers across SMB, Enterprise and Service Provider segments. We’re also excited to extend the reach of InfoSight, the world’s most powerful predictive analytics engine, to transform the support experience for HPE’s other industry leading storage products, such as 3PAR.

It’s 100% about the customer

At HPE, we are fully committed to the Nimble Storage customer base. We understand that Nimble’s customers have come to love this product, and we will continue to invest in this solution to make it even stronger.  We will also scale its reach by combining Nimble Storage’s world-class innovation in flash with the power and resources of HPE, an industry leader in servers, storage, and hybrid IT solutions across the globe. 

A great example of our success in this area is HPE’s acquisition of 3PAR six years ago. Since then, we have amplified the R&D investments around this business and turned a small startup into the number one storage product family in the industry.  This was achieved by accelerating 3PAR’s innovation engine and maintaining an unwavering commitment to customers and partners.  Now, with our acquisition of Nimble, we are poised to repeat that formula with a new segment of customers and a new class of cloud-ready storage.

I also want to comment on the importance of customer experience and support. The world class support experience that Nimble Storage has created with the help of InfoSight is a model that we want to leverage and emulate throughout the rest of our organization. In addition, we can extend HPE’s world class advisory services to help you with a much broader set of IT transformation projects. 

The right data-services for any workload and consumption model

With our combined portfolio, there is no better time to be an HPE storage customer, partner, or employee. From our existing best-in-class portfolio, led by 3PAR, to our newest portfolio additions of SimpliVity and Nimble Storage, we can truly address any storage use case, price point, or service level requirement.     

With HPE and Nimble Storage, customers will enjoy:   

Sophisticated unified storage for the enterprise all-flash datacenter:  HPE 3PAR supports customers experiencing rapid growth and needing a highly scalable, all-flash data center capable of supporting millions of IOPS, petabyte capacity, and a multi-tenant architecture, priced from the midrange to the high-end.

Cloud-ready predictive flash focusing on simplicity:  Nimble Storage is ideal for customers needing advanced, flash-optimized data services, including all-flash, hybrid-flash, and multicloud support, underpinned by machine-learning based predictive analytics, spanning entry to enterprise price points and designed with ease of use at its core. 

Simple low-cost flash acceleration:  HPE MSA and HPE StoreVirtual have an installed base of over 500,000 deployments worldwide and are suited for price-sensitive customers that need simple, flash tiering support at an entry price point.

Built-for-enterprise, hyperconverged infrastructure: Nimble Storage also complements our recent SimpliVity acquisition for those deploying turnkey VM-farms with advanced data services.  The combination of SimpliVity, Nimble, and 3PAR enables customers to deploy the right data services across all workloads and deployment types.

We’re not the only ones that see the benefits for customers. IDC referred to the acquisition as a “home run” that “will benefit both HPE and Nimble customers alike” in one of their latest industry reports, which can be downloaded here.

We are excited to welcome the Nimble Storage team to HPE, and believe that together we will be a powerful force in the market and for our customers.