HPE Synergy has arrived. What does it deliver, and where does it fit?

HPE Synergy has finally arrived … well the first iteration has, and it uniquely provides the platform for the infrastructure of the future.

 

What does it deliver?

Let’s start with the concept and the components.

The core element of the Synergy architecture is the new, and evolving, built-in management  platform that spans the various elements of the infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and down to elements of the software layer). The key functional propositions include the ability to:

  • Pool resources (compute, storage & fabric) and allocate them as required
  • Provision composed resources (with OS images and configured virtual infrastructure)
  • Integrate infrastructure on the fly either manually or automatically – simple scaling
  • Automatically update firmware, set BIOS, configure networking, etc. on the fly
  • Integrate 3rd party management tools via an open API interface

All based on an integrated and easy to use management structure.

It’s early days, so this first iteration provides the foundation for the future. The initial implementation provides functionality such as:

  • The first and only platform that caters for the next generation of compute technologies. Synergy’s patented platform will support upcoming technologies such as photonics, which will enable the ability to share and allocate CPU resources, memory and storage dynamically at a hardware level across the datacentre. This is the platform that will enable a whole new level of performance, flexibility, utilisation and economics.
  • An architecture that immediately drives significant savings as you scale. The new master – satellite networking implementation maintains the strengths associated with air gapped (separated) management networks, and introduces significant savings using new interconnects.
  • Storage resource pooling … offering the ability to dynamically allocate and/or share storage resources with any compute node in a frame
  • Frictionless updates for drivers and firmware …  consolidated in a single package, compatibility ensured,  and deployed in an automated fashion without downtime

Where does it fit?

When compared with the existing blade and rack server offerings, Synergy has a logical entry point, and has slightly larger upgraded increments. Functionally it has no disadvantages when compared with existing offerings, with the existing and future benefits associated with the management structure.

Generally, and somewhat dependent networking requirements, the upfront price-point of Synergy  rolls into play at around:

  • 7 rack servers
  • Immediately against blade servers

It’s early days for Synergy, and being a whole new architecture it will take a little while for it to fully mature. Upgrades, such as new CPUs, might lag the timelines of existing mature HPE offerings, but the evolving benefits from an operational cost perspective, flexibility, and ability to seamlessly integrate into hybrid cloud environments will drive returns.

Quick win markets

Synergy is often perceived to be a high-end play, but in fact the entry point is relatively modest, and its operational simplicity, flexibility, functionality and economics are the key strengths.

Synergy brings unique propositions to Green Field markets in general, and provides a compelling proposition for those considering cloud. It’s inherent and unique assets provide a new level of manageability (both ease and functionality), the capability to serve-up resources as required, and resource management that enables powerful utilisation.

Lynx

Lynx has had 2 people fully trained-up on Synergy at the HPE Synergy Lab in Houston. We’re in a powerful position to assist you with:

  • Identifying the suitability of Synergy for specific situations
  • Positioning Synergy with your customers
  • Configuring Synergy to meet needs
  • Driving propositions that will enable you to win

Please call for assistance.