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HPE talks Synergy progress, the “composable” infrastructure it hopes will succeed hyper-converged

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HP Enterprise has been hard at work on Synergy.

When we last saw it in December, it had just been announced, months ahead of its projected release, and being called everything from “first of its kind platform” to “the only truly all-in-one solution.”

On that front, little has changed. Speaking with CDN, Paul Miller, the vice president of marketing at HPE converged systems said that the solution is still very much a new category of software-defined solutions that should replace hyper-converged infrastructure, and the lengthy lead-up to release is to have the time to convince partners and customers of this.

“It’s a new category for the industry,” Miller said of Synergy, which HPE is describing as “composable” infrastructure.

The idea is that any and all resources can be pooled between different formerly-siloed applications and exchanged or designated as needed in a fluid process.

This, at least in theory, should help prevent the practice of over-provisioning for every environment, instead moving towards over-provisioning once for all applications.

Hyper-converged, which began stripping away certain hardware components was going in the right direction with its simplicity, but doesn’t completely eliminate rigidity when it came to moving workloads and applications between various environments, Miller said.

HPE says it has now made infrastructure 100 per cent programmable.

Since the announcement, the company has gone on the road. Miller said that trained over 5,000 people in North America including its own sales staff and channel partners on the use cases of the solution. A couple of stops on its “Worldwide Roadshow” included major cities in Canada.

“As we ramp towards availability, we’ll be releasing information around the Unified API, continue to build  out the community and launch white papers and integration along that journey to getting to the unified experience,” Miller said.

Other key points are that the solution is designed to act as an internal public cloud in customer environments, one that can be phased in at medium-sized businesses and enterprises as it is compatible with existing infrastructure.

Miller said the company hopes that once the solution is released, partners will take workload templates available at launch and customize and build use cases around them for tailored provisioning.

The target release is Q2 of this year.