How Might Plexxi Boost HPE’s Composable Infrastructure Strategy?


Sep. 27 2019, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

Plexxi could boost HPE’s product portfolios

Earlier in the series, we discussed how Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) could benefit from Plexxi’s intent-based technology. We know that Plexxi’s acquisition could boost HPE’s hyperconverged solutions business and complement its past acquisition of SimpliVity.

In a blog post, Ric Lewis, the senior vice president and general manager of HPE’s software-defined and cloud group, said, “Plexxi will enable us to deliver the industry’s only hyperconverged offering that incorporates compute, storage and data fabric networking into a single solution, with a single management interface and support.”

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Plexxi’s acquisition to provide a critical networking element to HPE

Plexxi’s acquisition will integrate HPE’s hyperconverged networking technology with HPE Synergy, the company’s composable infrastructure portfolio. This integration will provide a crucial networking element to HPE that will not only boost its position in the hyperconverged infrastructure space but also give it an edge to fend off peers such as Dell and Nutanix, the prominent players in the space.

Explaining what constitutes HPE Synergy, Lewis explained that it’s “a new category of infrastructure that delivers fluid pools of storage and compute resources that can be composed and recomposed as business needs dictate.”

Explaining how Plexxi complements HPE’s product portfolio, Steve McDowell, a senior analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said, “When you don’t have software-defined networking as part of your solution, you can introduce artificial constraints.” He continued, “Plexxi allows them to treat networking much like you do virtual workloads by essentially virtualizing the network.”

On Plexxi’s acquisition, Rich Napolitano, its CEO, wrote, “We share the same mission, to help the enterprise effectively leverage modern IT to accelerate their business in the digital age.”


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