Data helps enterprises find new ways to reach and serve customers to grow profitability, but only when it is available at the right place and the right time. The growing complexity of managing and securing data prevents businesses from gaining its full value. Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers the world’s most intelligent storage for the hybrid cloud world by providing storage that is AI-driven, built for the cloud, and delivered as-a-Service.

Mountains of big data contain business gold enterprises can mine for insight that lets them
enhance operations and profitability. But for IT, accessing and storing this glut of data and
making it available to the right person at the right place at the right time is burdened with
complexity that drives up cost and keeps storage managers fighting fires rather than
mining gold.

HPE Storage provides breakthrough technology that applies artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics to not just store data, but to assure it’s available at the place and time needed. It identifies and resolves 86% of problems before administrators know they exist and drives down storage-related operations costs by 79%.

The Economist says, “Data are to this century what oil was to the last one: a driver of growth and change.”6 But while oil is a limited and declining resource, the data available to businesses is surging day by day. IDC estimates the amount of data created will reach 163 zettabytes by 2025, an increase of nearly 4,000 percent in little more than a decade.6 Businesses are learning to apply advanced analytics and artificial intelligence techniques like machine learning to find insight in this wealth of data. Those that do it effectively become more efficient and more competitive, find new ways to reach and serve customers, and develop new sources of revenue and even new business models.

Technology suppliers are stepping up to the challenge. The latest computing systems offer storage with vastly increased capacity and servers that multiply IO throughput by a thousand fold or more compared to those of just a few years ago. Open source programs are making analytics and machine learning software available to all. IT is applying it to process exploding volumes of data and extract the insight businesses seek. And cloud providers now offer services to store and process virtually unlimited volumes of data.

Deliver data when and where it’s needed

Current storage systems and usage models weren’t designed for this hybrid cloud world. Storage administrators lack visibility into how data is accessed and used, so they lack the information needed to position it for best effect. Administrators must collect information about their storage systems and the data they hold, organize it, and manually identify inefficiencies and opportunities to reposition data for better, more efficient access across edge locations, data centers, and the cloud. And they must do it all while maintaining protections the data requires. This is inefficient and time consuming, so administrators often respond to incidents or user requests as they occur resulting in ad hoc, one-off actions.

Current storage systems magnify complexity rather than simplify operations and management. The process of moving data through the network or into and out of cloud services is subject to interruption or degradation. This can be caused by hardware or software failures, configuration problems, interoperability issues with servers, virtual machines (VMs), or cloud services, or an array of other variables that plague complex IT environments. When outages or performance degradation occur, complexity makes it difficult for administrators to isolate and resolve the problem. So downtime or periods of performance degradation are extended, and administrators spend their time firefighting rather than planning how to make data storage and access more efficient and effective.

Running out of capacity costs the business opportunity. So traditional usage models require large capital outlays to deliver storage where it might—or might not—be needed. More important, traditional, siloed capacity inhibits agility. This is why consumption-based payment models are attractive. You pay only for what you use, get fast scalability, and ease the heavy lifting required to operate IT.

Make storage—and all of IT—smarter

The problems we face—and the opportunities before us—are similar to many of the problems and opportunities driving the big data phenomenon in the first place. Massive amounts of information are available in storage devices, servers, software, and networks. This information details how and where data is created, stored, moved, and accessed. It includes detailed configuration and performance information about storage devices, servers, and the entire virtualized infrastructure. And it contains clues that point to impending failures, degradation, or inefficiencies.

Collecting infrastructure data and applying advanced analytics and machine learning provide the insight needed to predict and prevent problems and to optimize data placement. That insight can show you where data should best be positioned, recommend actions you should take, or even take actions intelligently and automatically, so you get the maximum business value from the data itself. This data can also help you more quickly extract actionable insights by ensuring that your data is available for any workload, anywhere throughout its data life cycle. Deploy these workloads when they are needed, and free up your staff to focus on core business initiatives.

Intelligent storage from HPE

Intelligent storage from HPE is a portfolio of data center storage hardware and cloud storage services surmounted by HPE InfoSight—which collects data from your IT environment and applies AI to manage it—and surrounded by HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity and HPE Pointnext consulting and support services. Intelligent storage continuously learns in its hybrid cloud surroundings to provide a transformative data experience that aligns with your business. Here’s how it works.

What makes HPE Storage intelligent?

HPE delivers the world’s most intelligent storage.1 It defies convention and re-architects how data is stored, transferred, accessed, analyzed, and secured—in the cloud, in the data center, and at the edge. HPE Storage is self-managing, self-healing, and self-optimizing. It extracts actionable insights from the wealth of information in your infrastructure. It moves data to where you need it and gives you visibility and control over your data wherever it lives.

  • AI-driven
  • It collects data across the stack
  • It learns what success looks like
  • It takes action before it’s needed

Intelligent storage in action

Intelligent storage from HPE removes the barriers that prevent you from seeing, managing, and placing data in the right place at the right time.

Reduce business risk
Artificial intelligence lets HPE Storage detect changes like increased demand, seasonal spikes, hardware and software changes, and security threats, so you can take action before it’s needed. On-premises, consumption-based storage lets you provide capacity ahead of demand, so you’re always ready to meet the next business challenge.

Recover data
HPE Storage provides efficient source-side deduplication that reduces backup footprint and cost twenty fold, and it enables fast, automated, zero-impact data access for recovery, analytics, and application development.

Move data between clouds
Easily extract data from operational data stores and move it between on premises data centers and the cloud. AI-driven recommendations show you where to place data for best efficiency and ease of access.

Does it work? Here’s what intelligent storage from HPE is doing for our customers:

  • • It identifies and predicts 90% of problems, and automatically resolves 86% of problems before IT knows there’s an issue.
  • It isolates 54% of problems to non-storage factors such as misconfigurations, hosts, networks, or VMs.8 
  • It assures measured availability greater than six nines (99.9999%) across thousands of customers—an average impact for each customer of less than 25 seconds per year. 
  • It reduces time spent resolving storage-related trouble tickets by 85%.8 
  • It lowers storage-related operating expenses by 79%.
  • It enables 75% performance improvement and 40% reduction in power consumption.
  • It can double product development productivity.
  • It has reduced deployment time from hours to minutes.

An intelligent business decision

But the efficiency improvements and cost reductions don’t tell the whole story. When you spend 85% less time resolving storage-related problems and 79% less in storage-related OPEX, you spend more time and money proactively managing data storage to better achieve the results the business seeks. You can move data to where it’s most effective—and intelligent storage shows you where that is. You can shift spending from storage maintenance to data innovation. And that’s really what the business is paying you for.

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