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HPE Unveils New Managed Hybrid Offering for SMBs

PRESS RELEASE — PALO ALTO, CA – April 13 2016 – Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a new compute platform for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), educational institutions and branch offices that is managed and updated through the cloud – the HPE Prollant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution. This subscription-based solution provides customers with an on-premise server that delivers security, performance and control with the flexibility of the cloud.

SMBs are facing challenges as they grow and need their infrastructure to keep pace. Many of these organizations want to take advantage of the cloud, but are finding the transition difficult and are becoming disenchanted with their cloud service providers. According to AMl-Partners1 18 percent of SMBs reported cancelling one or more of their cloud contracts in the last 12 months to i nstall an on-premise solution, and only 47 percent of SMBs indicated being satisfied with their providers. With minimal or no IT staff at all, these small organizations need a solution that combines the benefits of the cloud with the security and control of on-site IT.{ad}

“Small businesses want to focus on growing their core businesses. not spending their limited resources on deploying and managing IT,” said Mcleod Glass, vice president and general manager, SMB solutions and tower servers, HPE. “This new solution is part of a broad HPE init1at1ve, inspired by the unique needs of small and mid-sized businesses, to deliver innovative solutions that are easy for our channel partners to sell and easy for our customers to use.”

The HPE Proliant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution is the first offering in HPE’s Easy Connect portfolio, solutions dedicated to making IT easy for small businesses to deploy and manage. The new managed hybrid solution features tightly integrated compute, storage, and networking, together with virtualizat1on and cloud management software from Zynstra. The solution is preconfigured to install in minutes so it can quickly begin handling business workloads both on-premise and in the cloud. Small organizations can choose which data and applications they want to keep on-site and which to put in the cloud. Pre-integrated options with cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, it is managed remotely. Virtualization and cloud management software, automated maintenance, patches and upgrades, eliminate the need for excess costly on-site staff.

In addition, the HPE ProLiant Easy Connect includes break/fix services and gives small businesses the opportunity to take advantage of a subscription model as an alternative for paying up-front software licensing costs.

“Organizations of all sizes are transforming their IT to a hybrid mix of private and cloud technology,” said Nick East, co-founder and CEO of Zynsta. “Together with HPE, we’ve done the heavy lifting for SMB’s and their IT partners. This small form factor solution deliver the right business value without compromise or complexity, and it is integrated with and managed centrally from the cloud. It’s how IT should be.”

Today, HPE announced the HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 server featuring the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processor, designed as an affordable, quiet, compact server to fit the needs of small businesses. The ML10 completes HPE’s portfolio of Gen9 10, 100 and 300 series SMB servers for the small and midsize businesses.  HPE is offering new ProLiant options that enhance performance, security and total cost of ownership for small and midsize customers. These new options along with updates to support the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors make HPE ProLiant servers the right choice to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses.

Pricing and Availability
The HPE ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution will be available through the HPE channel partners on April 28, 2016 in the US and the UK. Subscription pricing will vary based on solution configurations. Partners can purchase subscriptions from their distributors.

The HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 server is available today and is priced from $299.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

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