HPE and SimpliVity: three common questions answered

HPE SimpliVityWe like to wait a little while before giving our thoughts on new releases, acquisitions and other technology happenings. You can never really tell how something’s going to work out until it’s had a little time to come together. Keeping with that tradition, we thought now would be the perfect time to check in on HPE‘s SimpliVity acquisition.

In our time working with it, we’ve found that it offers promising efficiency gains for all types of organizations. In this post, we’ll try to provide some clarity around three common questions we hear from clients about SimpiVity.

  1. What is it?

At its most basic, Simplivity’s OmniCube is a hyperconverged infrastructure appliance. This is a pretty broad claim, when you consider everything that falls under the term “infrastructure.” OmniCube actually backs this up, however, replacing appliances for deduplication, backup, storage caching and WAN optimization. It also stands in for other infrastructure like storage switches, cloud gateways and high-availability shared storage. Does it replace all infrastructure? Of course not. But it really does make infrastructure management a lot easier.

Another SimpliVity product, OmniStack, is the software that runs OmniCube, and has also been a part of hardware from other vendors. You won’t be surprised to hear, then, that HPE has certified OmniStack on its ProLiant DL380 servers, producing a product called HPE SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack.

  1. Will HPE support it?

This question has been a big one for SimpliVity clients and potential clients. HPE recently confirmed that it will, in fact, continue to support OmniCube hardware at the same level SimpliVity did before the acquisition. To get a bit more granular, SimpliVity guaranteed a 90 percent savings in capacity and improved application performance in production and backup storage. HPE pledges those same savings for the SimpliVity 380.

  1. What can we expect in the future?

According to some, we should expect a bit of consolidation in HPE’s offerings coming up. While HPE has indicated it will continue to sell both the SimpliVity 380 and the hyperconverged 380, it clearly makes sense for the company to merge the two products somewhere down the line.

Now that we have the answers to these three important questions, what can you do to make sure your company doesn’t get caught behind as the offerings evolve? As a certified HPE partner we’re certainly a bit biased, but we think having a good partner to make sure you’re getting the most out of your HPE solutions is a great place to start.

To learn more about how KeyInfo and HPE can help your company, give us a call.


Drew Woods
Key Information Systems