2021. What an interesting year. With the world turned upside down by a pandemic that seemingly had its sights set on...
HPE NonStop Corner – one partner’s perspective
The story lines coming out of HPE have centered on HPE’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Not surprisingly, HPE CEO Antonio Neri has played a prominent role in the messages HPE has communicated to its stakeholders, be they investors, industry analysts, partners or customers. HPE has also ensured key product groups have held center stage with Aruba and HPC attracting much of the limelight.
The HPE web site home page featured dramatic graphics in support of the attention HPE is paying to this outbreak which falls into a number of categories. From helpful financial assistance to beneficial network upgrades to access to High Performance Computing (HPC) Cray systems for research to access to HPE staff versatile in data analytics, artificial intelligence and even virtual reality. All for the purpose of helping address this global pandemic.
Almost to the exclusion of all other messages, what HPE is electing to do is to highlight the need and indeed the value that comes from putting its full weight behind initiatives that best address finding a cure, protecting communities and getting the world back onto the front foot ensuring a return to the healthy lifestyles we all so patiently await.
As you can tell from the additional HPE web site pages, there is plenty of information being provided as to how best HPE can help you in these times. Did you know that at the time HPE acquired Cray to form HPC, three of the top 10 super computers in the world were delivered by HPE’s HPC organization? And did you know that with recent wins this percentage be only larger, where HPE will soon be the dominant provider of super computers worldwide?
How fast are these new HPC supercomputers? With its recent win to deliver a supercomputer that will be used by the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear security arm, Reuters said HPE “expects to deliver El Capitan in 2023. If it works as predicted, the machine will have a speed of 2 exaflops, meaning it will be able to perform 2 quintillion – or 2,000,000,000,000,000,000 – calculations per second and would be faster than the current top 200 supercomputers in the world combined. It will also be quite large, according to Reuters. “El Capitan will be about the size of two basketball courts and weigh as much as 35 school buses when complete.”
This is of interest to the NonStop community as with the latest reorganization that has taken place Mission Critical Systems, including NonStop, are now part of HPC. This is an organization headed by Pete Ungaro, formerly head of Cray and HPE is helping a number of research labs search for a solution. Will this help fight this virus? The one sure fired response from HPE is that, certainly, it cannot hurt as access to computing power is what is needed today by researches tackling the pandemic. Will NonStop play a role, given its new place within HPE? While there is no special COVID-19 team devoted to helping out neighbors, friends and business partners there are still numerous healthcare sites that totally depend upon their NonStop systems.
As for the bigger HPE it’s hard to miss its messages when they are sprinkled liberally throughout the HPE web site:
“We are here to help you enterprise recover, evolve and thrive: As an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company, we can help your business by bringing together the right expertise and support, remote connectivity technology, and financial flexibility solutions to help you quickly address some of your most pressing problems and maintain business continuity.”
In a post on April 8, 2020, by HPE CEO Antonio Neri, As long as hope remains, we can make it through this he concludes his commentary with the following:
“Many businesses today have an immediate need to preserve cash, defer or reduce expenses, and relieve capacity strains and delivery delays. Our new Payment Relief Program lets customers acquire new technology and defer over 90% of the cost of their acquisition until 2021. HPE is here to help.
“And we’re here to help not just our customers – but our communities, too. Through our HPE Gives program, our team members have been volunteering for a range of virtual roles, including supporting New York State’s COVID-19 Tech SWAT Team, mentoring students who no longer have a formal school structure, mapping data for first responders, and providing mental health support. It is so gratifying to see our team members living HPE’s mission to advance the way we live and work.
“We are living through challenging times, but I am optimistic that we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“We are developing recovery plans so we can return people to work on a country-by-country basis in a thoughtful manner when the time comes.
“However, this situation will not end overnight, and we all need to remain steadfast in our resolve.”
Please take time to check out the HPE web site as news, commentaries and posts continue to be added on a regular basis and remember, it’s just one world and we are on just one journey.
You can always reach me via email at: Richard@pyalla-technologies.com