InfoSight was originally developed by Nimble Storage, which HPE acquired early in 2017, for use with its all-flash, hybrid flash, and cloud storage solutions. Initially equipped to offer predictive support automation based on anonymized telemetry from Nimble’s user base, the system has since gained the ability to provide centralized virtual machine operational analytics and machine learning-based recommendations for improving an infrastructure’s performance and availability.
“That’s been transformational for our customers,” Wang says.
HPE has been steadily incorporating InfoSight into products beyond those in its Nimble portfolio, including its ProLiant server platforms as well as its 3PAR and Primera storage lines, in recent years. According to Wang, the technology now gives SimpliVity an important edge over competing HCI brands.
“Other vendors are starting to talk about creating projects to potentially explore artificial intelligence for their HCI platforms,” he says. “We’re executing this today.” It’s been doing predictive analytics through InfoSight for a decade as well, he adds, and therefore has a much deeper pool of historical data to draw on than newer machine learning tools from other HCI vendors.
HPE announced an alliance with one of those vendors, Nutanix, in April. The agreement lets businesses run Nutanix solutions on an as-a-service basis through HPE’s GreenLake infrastructure service or on pre-configured appliances built with HPE hardware.
SimpliVity solutions are available through both GreenLake and HPE hardware as well.