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HPE acquires Nimble for $1B

On March 8, HPE announced it will be acquiring Nimble for approximately $1B. This acquisition comes on the heels of the acquisition of SimpliVity for $650M that closed on February 17, 2017.

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HPE Brings Multi-Cloud Storage to the Enterprise

Companies in every industry and from every corner of the world are increasingly adopting cloud storage, addressing use cases such as backup, archiving and disaster recovery. More than 96% of organizations we recently surveyed are housing at least some of their data in the cloud, up from just 65% five years before. Firms deploying storage in the cloud are looking to increase IT agility and workload scalability, while taking advantage of a more flexible, pay-as-you-go consumption model.

But for enterprises and mid-sized organizations alike, the cloud journey nearly always starts on premises. A large majority of organizations still run the core of their business-critical workloads in the data center, supported by significant and proven investments in on-premises hardware, workflows and business processes that support key business apps and ensure maximum value to users and other stakeholders. Not surprisingly, IT decision makers tread carefully when it comes to considering public cloud deployments for their critical apps or data.

To get the best of the cloud without compromising current IT investments, a growing majority of decision makers are now focusing on solutions with hybrid and multicloud capabilities. Hybrid cloud enables them to gain value from the cloud from day 1, while fully leveraging their on-prem infrastructure. Under a hybrid model, companies can deploy selected apps that make sense to run in the public cloud, but still run a majority of their core business workloads on-premises. They can also employ a dev-ops approach to begin to develop and run cloud-native apps.

Multicloud takes those benefits one step further, enabling portability of workloads between two or more clouds. Organizations we surveyed are now working with at least two major public cloud providers, on average, enabling them to avoid lock-in to a single provider and to choose the provider that best meets the needs of each app and use case. Together, hybrid and multicloud offer an attractive and measured approach for companies looking to deploy some of their workloads in the cloud.

In this piece we’ll examine the customer journey to cloud storage, including some important considerations companies should keep in mind as they decide what approach will work best for them. We’ll then describe HPE’s storage platforms, which are built for cloud and provide a powerful and unique approach to multicloud storage. Finally, we’ll look at the advantages that HPE storage delivers over other cloud storage deployment models, and show how these HPE platforms are helping enterprises to maximize the potential of their cloud storage initiatives.

Publish date: 09/21/18
Profiles/Reports

Emerging Market Report on Multi-Cloud Primary Storage

Public cloud utilization continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Infrastructure spending on the public and private cloud is growing at double digit rates while spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure continues to decline and within a few short years will represent less than 50% of the entire infrastructure market. AWS alone, as the current gorilla of the public cloud market, continues to grow at over 40% year over year and now has an annualized run rate of around $15B. Microsoft boasts similar revenue numbers when their Office 365 SaaS offerings are included. This trend is not surprising and has been widely predicted for several years. The surprising element now is how strong the momentum has become toward public cloud adoption, and the question is where the long-term equilibrium point will be between public clouds and on-premises infrastructure.

AWS was a pioneer in public cloud storage services when it introduced S3 (Simple Storage Service) over ten years ago. The approach of public cloud vendors has been to offer storage services at cut-rate pricing in what can be called the “Hotel California” strategy – once they have your data it can “never leave.” After having a company’s data in their cloud infrastructure, they then offer a wide variety of higher priced services to complement access to that data. Global content distribution, data analytics, and a wide variety of individual compute capabilities are just a few examples of services offered. Recently, we have been hearing increased grumbling from customers that they are very concerned about losing the option to change vendors and the resulting reduction in competition.

In response, IT professionals are beginning to consider multi-cloud approaches to primary storage, to gain the scalability and agility benefits of the cloud but without the penalty of lock-in. This is a fresh, emerging and innovating space, which promises to open up cloud storage to a range of new customers and use cases.

To gather data and develop insights regarding plans for public and multi-public cloud use, Taneja Group conducted two primary research studies in the summer of 2017. In each case, we surveyed 350+ IT decision makers and practitioners around the globe, representing a wide range of industries and business sizes, to understand their current and planned use cases and deployments of applications to the public cloud.

Specifically, we wanted to understand the need for an emerging set of storage products we call multi-cloud primary storage. These products provide their data services across more than one cloud simultaneously.

Publish date: 10/31/17