back to article HPE has released a Gen 2 hyperconverged... er, thingy. Here's the lowdown

HPE is nothing if not persistent. Having launched a hyperconverged appliance that was half the price of Nutanix last August it’s now going to launch a better one – one that’s 20 per cent lower than Nutanix's cost. Sounds odd, and that’s not the only odd aspect. The new HCIA was described in HPE’s Q1 fiscal year 2016 earnings …

  1. lansalot

    "one that’s 20 per cent of Nutanix's cost"

    "all at 20 per cent lower cost than Nutanix.”

    Which is it?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      What's your budget?

  2. ToddR

    Is she thick

    HP's Whitman said: “We very much like this product from a side-by-side comparison and features and functionality to our competitors. Feel really good about it and I think it means that we can be a leader in this quite large and fast-growing part of the market.”

    She sounds like an 6 year old child talking

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Is she thick

      What are you trying to say? That her marketing positions didn't give her a deep understanding of computer engineering? She was very clear that this do-dad is better than the other whoosie-whatsees with a whole lot more technical whathaveyous and whatnot, so that is a good thing.

      1. Skeptical Me

        Re: Is she thick

        The dials go to 11

  3. luis river


    ¡Hey, journalist, four moths is one eternity en IT!

    1. Reg Whitepaper

      Re: Eternity

      o/~ four moths on a shirt .... o/~

  4. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

    Nice hardware . . .

    . . . shame about the software. One thing I've learned over the years in IT is that HP makes resilient, well-engineered hardware, but that their software chops are lacking. I would not trust HPE for any kind of mission-critical management software.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nice hardware . . .

      " . . shame about the software. One thing I've learned over the years in IT is that HP makes resilient, well-engineered hardware, but that their software chops are lacking"

      100% uptime for 7 years with StoreVirtual VSA? Check!

      That's the same StoreVirtual VSA software used in the HCI systems.

      1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

        Re: Nice hardware . . .

        You mean the same StoreVirtual that was actually written by LeftHand engineers? I agree that it's quite good. Unfortunately, products like SIM (or whatever it's currently called), plus their other management software, are cumbersome and unreliable.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nice hardware . . .

          Yes the same StoreVirtual that the LeftHand Networks engineers built and has seen continued development under HP for 7 years. HP SIM hasn't been a thing for a longtime It's OneView these days and actually SIM was pretty much aimed at servers rather than storage, ask the LeftHand engineers.

          Maybe using the wrong tool for the job at hand had something to do with past experience or maybe, just maybe you just had an axe to grind :-)

  5. thegreatsatan

    Oh HP, please never change.

    A turd in a candy wrapper still doesn’t taste good, even if it’s free.

  6. Terafirma-NZ

    4 months..

    So we sold you the HCI kit and have worked on version 2 of the software but after realizing that the company is in a bad way financially we decided that we would not release it as version 2 as you would then qualify for a free upgrade under your existing contract so instead we are going to sell it as a new product and charge a fee for converting your old license to the new type.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    WC Fields' quote re your subtitle

    "If at first you don't succeed, try again... and then quit. No sense being a damn fool about it"

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You mean they took four months to write the marketing materials.... They`ll worry about the technical details later... much later...

  9. mix

    Late to the party is never a good place to be in IT. HP seem to have missed the converged/hyper-converged/super-duper converged gravy train which seems so short-sighted on their part. It's not like it crept up on them...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    HPe have n OEM with Atlantis based on DL360s which is 50% of cost Nutanix with twice the power etc.. Even trickier to grasp now?

  11. ptrckkear

    Hyperbole or HPE is famous for suggesting NVDimm is somehow one of their innovations, that bringing 2-3 years late to market another one leg pony to a horse race is another example of how Meg is the Sarah Palin of the IT industry.

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