“Small and midsize businesses have to embrace major enterprise technology trends but with a fraction of the resources and budgets,” according to Doug Oathout, vice-president of channel partners alliances and OEM marketing at HPE.
HPE’s new offerings are specifically engineered to enable SMBs to rapidly deploy and easily manage servers and services at an affordable price. Tag price for the servers starts at approximately $599, according to HPE.
In a nutshell, “SMBs require enterprise-class IT priced and sized for their operations,” explained Flynn Maloy, director for SMB marketing at HP. “It’s no longer enough to just trim down commercial-grade, enterprise products and send it down the line to SMBs. SMBs have their own workload, solution profile requirements and users.”
The E in the HPE brand stands for enterprise, but the new company is also keen on serving the SMB market as well as channel partners in the space, said Maloy.
The offering includes:
- ProLiant Tower and Rack Gen9 servers powered by Intel Xeon E5-26000 v3 series and Xeon E3-12000 v5 series
- Pre-engineered and configured Flex Solutions which enable user to access corporate data anywhere, anytime and with any device
- The Small Business Marketplace e-commerce platform which pulls direct feed from participating partners’ online inventory so that customers can easily compare pricing and availability of products
- HPE subscription for servers and financing options which enables SMBs to access fully-supported IT solutions with the flexibility to acquire, consume and pay for them on a monthly basis
The Flex Solutions and financing options include subscription services, technology refresh, consolidation services, payment deferrals and pre-provisioning. These are available through HPE Financial Services to provide authorized HP partners and customers and easier way to acquire ProLiant 10 servers.
HPE said the new servers were designed to have the right balance of memory, storage, performance and manageability, according to McLeod Glass, vice president of HPE’s server business.
“SMB customers tend not have as much infrastructure as their large enterprise counterparts,” he said. “So, this new line of servers have a smaller footprint designed to fit into smaller office spaces.”
“Despite their size, the DL20 and ML30 are robust machines powered by Intel Xeon processors and have up to 4TB of storage,” he added.
Available from HPE and worldwide channel partner starting beginning December 1 are:
ProLiant DL20 Gen 9 – An entry level compact rack server for businesses that want to manage their servers both onsite and remotely and require a scalable solution that can handle multiple applications simultaneously
ProLiant ML30 Gen9 – A standalone unit designed for small businesses and home offices. The server features a compact design and a wide array of storage expandability options.
Initial configuration price is expected to star at around $600 for the DL20 and $599 for the ML30.
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