HPE will launch its hyperconvergence product at the end of the month

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HPE has unveiled details on a hyperconvergence product president and CEO Meg Whitman hinted at during the company's quarterly financial report conference call earlier this month.

Set to be released on March 31, the new Hyper Converged 380 was designed to bring software-defined storage and intelligent virtualization to mid-sized enterprises and remote branch offices as an appliance, enabling customers to deploy virtual machines in a matter of minutes.

Built on Proliant virtualization servers, the HC 380 is HPE's answer to hyperconvergence products being offered by competitors like Nutanix, which Whitman called out specifically during the conference call, as well as SimpliVity, Springpath and Cisco (which recently announced its own all-in-one hyperconvergence appliance).

"Hyperconvergence presents a huge opportunity for mid-sized and ROBO enterprises who face the unique challenge of having to stay competitive at enterprise-scale, but with notably less resources," said Ric Lewis, senior vice president and general manager of converged data center infrastructure at HPE, in a statement. "HPE is the only vendor that can offer them the ability to take advantage of the benefits of hyperconverged environments today and provide them with a clear pathway to a composable infrastructure future when they are ready."

In its announcement, HPE pointed to Gartner data that forecasts the growth of the hyperconverged integrated systems market over the next few years. Gartner predicts a 68 percent compound annual growth rate that will increase the $371.5 million market in 2014 to almost $5 billion in 2019.

HPE designed the appliance to have flexible options. The HC 380 can be purchased with as little as two nodes, but it can be scaled up to as many 16. At the same time, HPE promises to provide a lower total cost of ownership for disaster recovery using the product.

Pricing, however, has not yet been announced. HPE plans to unveil the price tag when the product launches on March 31.

For more:
- read the press release

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