HPE fluffs up on-prem GreenLake model, adds new services, aims to give users the ‘cloud experience’
HPE has crammed in new services, from silicon hardware to software and services, with security additions, to its on-premises GreenLake model, both to extend its scope and make them easier for customers to use.
GreenLake is HPE’s services and subscription business model for using its products as services in on-premises and hybrid cloud data centres and colocation centres, remote offices and other Edge locations. Its aim is to make the use of HPE’s hardware, software and services more like a public cloud operating model.
Antonio Neri, HPE president and CEO, said in a public statement: “Organizations today know that to succeed in their industries, they must pursue a cloud everywhere mandate, which enables them to collect, analyse, and act on data, wherever it resides. … [GreenLake] empowers organisations to harness the power of all their data, regardless of location.”
At its virtual Discover event, HPE announced it was adding services to GreenLake to extend its usability:
- Lighthouse – simplifying addition of hardware/software configurations for new GreenLake services,
- Project Aurora -cloud-native, zero-trust security and threat detection,
- Silicon on-demand – add pay-per-use CPU and Optane resources,
- Compute Cloud Console – unified compute operations as a service to automates compute operations across an organisation’s entire fleet.
- New vertical services.
Lighthouse is cloud-native code to enable customers to add and run HW+SW system configurations for new cloud services with a few clicks in the GreenLake Central front end management facility. It is built on HPE’s Ezmeral container building and orchestration platform. HPE clams this autonomously optimises different cloud services and workloads by composing resources to deliver the best performance, lowest cost or a balance of both, depending on business priorities.
Project Aurora delivers cloud-native, zero-trust security and will be embedded within the HPE GreenLake cloud platform building blocks to automatically and continuously verify the integrity of the hardware, firmware, operating systems, platforms, and workloads, including security workloads.
HPE claimed this integrity verification or continuous attestation could be used to “automatically detect threats from silicon to cloud, in seconds compared to today’s average of 28 days.” It can minimise data loss, unauthorised encryption – HPE does not use the ransomware term though – and data and intellectual property corruption.
Aurora uses silicon root of trust technology and, HPE suggested, when combined with open-source technologies like SPIFFE and SPIRE, could “enable DevOps and SecDevOps engineering teams to deliver workload identities rooted in continuously verified hardware.”
The Aurora code will be initially embedded into GreenLake Lighthouse and then into GreenLake cloud services and HPE’s Ezmeral software.
Silicon on-demand involves HPE offering flexible consumption capabilities for Xeon CPUs and Optane persistent memory. It has been developed with Intel. Customers can instantly activate and pay for more CPU/Optane capacity with just a click, removing the need to order and install new processors and Optane PMem modules.
The cloud-based Compute Cloud Console (CCC) provides unified compute operations as a service and builds upon HPE’s Data Services Cloud Console for Alletra array management announced in May. It monitors and manages compute (server) facilities, automating compute operations across an organisation’s entire fleet, such as provisioning and lifecycle management.
We have not seen any datasheets or tech backgrounders for these new GreenLake Lighthouse, Aurora, silicon on-demand or Compute Cloud Console offerings and have no detailed commentary to offer.
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