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We are excited to announce the HPE Get More Tour – SMB Vertical Series

Join for a fun and dynamic experience – and a great way to learn how to identify new opportunities within the growing and evolving SMB market. You will learn about the digital transformation challenges that are typical for each vertical and their specific digital business processes and workflows. During the workshop, we will work through customer scenarios enabling you to practice your skills and develop your knowledge with an appropriate HPE Solution with Microsoft.

During these 90 min workshops you will use the learning platform to access materials and exercises – all supported by expert trainer presentations, group discussions and quizzes.

Verticals covered:

  • Public Sector Solutions for SMB
  • Healthcare Solutions for SMB


  • January 19 2021
  • January 27 2021

This is so much more than just another webinar, so join up today and build your SMB Vertical expertise!


Are you ready to reinvent the future of work for SMBs?

At a time when we are all reinventing the way we work, learn how HPE Small Business Solutions can help you reinvent your workplace, your workflow, and your workforce with greater simplicity, security, and flexibility.

Distributed. Remote. Mobile. These are the realities of your SMB workforce today.1 How do you thrive in this new normal? You reinvent the way you work—with solutions that not only enable you to work remotely but also to work differently in this new digital era. This means it’s time to reinvent in three ways:  Workspace. Workflow. Workforce. Here’s how to get going.

Reinvent your workspace

If you’re like many small and midsized businesses, the first step is setting up a virtual office. As you blur the lines between home and work, new challenges arise, ranging from how to deploy stable connectivity to how to keep your network and data secure.

More than ever, robust network connectivity has become essential for you and your employees to securely access files, applications and data—from anywhere and on any device. Without shared access to a central repository, files will likely be stored on personal devices, making it difficult to collaborate. What’s more, the increasing threat of cybercrime can make setting up a high-functioning, remote office a daunting task.

The good news is that HPE can help you migrate this new territory with HPE Small Business Solutions that scale with the help of affordable, flexible financing. We are here to help you:

Set up virtual offices easily 

HPE Office-in-a-Box Solutions are easy to buy, setup, and operate.  These complete bundled solutions bring multiple functions, such as virtualization, storage, and backup, onto a single server. It’s a simple, secure, and affordable approach.  In addition, management tools like HPE iLO remote management and HPE InfoSight can help prevent disruptions, improve agility, and minimize downtime.

The solutions bring together the performance, remote management, and security of HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers, along with reliable, cost-efficient Aruba Instant On wireless access points and wired switches, alongside resilient portfolio of HPE entry-level storage.

Manage virtual access smartly

HPE Small Business Solutions arrive ready to go virtual, including all the elements you need to succeed with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Remote Desktop Services (RDS). You can choose from Teradici or VMware Horizon® desktop virtualization for VDI solutions that deliver unbeatable reliability, high availability, business continuity, and fault tolerance to keep your workers at peak productivity.

Another great option is Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for simple desktop applications—like Microsoft Office and Outlook.  RDS enables users’ simultaneous access to the same applications using roughly the same amount of resources.

Worry less about cybersecurity

When it comes to addressing your cybersecurity concerns, these SMB solutions are backed by our industry-leading server, network and security expertise to develop the right remote worker approach down to the last mile.

Reinvent your workflow

Setting up a virtual office is just the first step. Next comes creating scalable ways for your employees to remain productive remotely. At the same time, you want to grow without disruption and balance cash flow without breaking the bank.

You can meet these goals with a hybrid cloud approach, but you are apt to still have some cost and security concerns. As you evaluate the scalability of public cloud services, you want to be aware of the potential gaps on data protection and exorbitant fees if you would like to bring data back from the cloud to on premises.

To get the best of both, you can reinvent your workflow with HPE solutions in a way that lets you:

Scale data protection

HPE Cloud Volumes offer an effortless, secure, and efficient solution with a suite of cloud data services that enable multi-cloud flexibility—and include encrypted backups that protect your business against ransomware. With a plug-and-play service like HPE Cloud Volumes Backup, you can start backing up to the cloud in minutes. Change where—not how—you do backup by integrating with your favorite backup software. You can eliminate costly egress fees and benefit from pay-as-you-go pricing.

Take advantage of financing

Extraordinary circumstances—like what we are working and living through now—threated business continuity and cause strain on budgets. HPE Financial Services is dedicated to alleviating some of this strain with programs designed to help businesses reduce cash outlays, generate cash from assets, and align payments to deployment schedules.

Reinvent your workforce 

Today SMBs need a new game plan to engage and connect with customers.  From customer service to customer acquisition, the only path forward is digital. We realize you may be struggling to wrap your head around how to execute.

Today’s environment demands remote capabilities that not only ensure business continuity functions but also deliver a robust end customer experience. In many instances, SMBs are tackling the challenge of standing up new digital services to keep pace with the rapidly changing environment we call the new normal.

The good news is that HPE can help you navigate this new way of working with easy to deploy solutions that are designed to:

Reduce complexity

HPE Small Business Solutions for Containers are reliable, ready-to-go configurations that include all the server, storage, networking, and software you need, as well as expert guidance for deploying the solution. The solutions leverage the open-source Docker containerization platform and are available on HPE ProLiant Gen10 services in a single-server, entry-level configuration and multi-server, high-availability configurations. You can use these solutions to drive productivity, reduce risks, and increase flexibility—all while getting more out of your hardware.

Prevent disruption with AI

HPE’s second generation of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI 2.0) brings together the best of HCI and converged architectures on a flexible platform—with truly independent scaling of compute and storage.

Combining the power of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI with HPE InfoSight and HPE ProLiant helps your business to reduce complexity by streamlining IT operations with AI-driven predictive analytics. It’s simple to deploy, manage, scale, and support.

With HCI 2.0, you can realize better total cost of ownership is guaranteed because, unlike traditional HCI, HCI 2.0 scales compute and storage independently. Disaggregated scaling means efficiency with no more costly overprovisioning.

There’s more good news. You can get time back because you are working with problem-solving that features predictive analytics and expert support services.

Ready, set, go: Reinvent the way your work (with a hybrid cloud approach)

Public cloud may seem like an easy answer your current IT challenges but realizing the full value of cloud requires solving difficult challenges. Initial costs may grow beyond plan, access to your data is more limited than on-premises, and a cloud breach may not be detected and reported until well after the damage has been done. Small and midsized businesses are reinventing the way they work by making a shift to move their IT from public cloud to private clouds. In fact, according to a recent report by Aberdeen, SMB deployments using private cloud on on-premises systems have nearly doubled and workloads on public cloud have gone down by 25%.3

What this ultimately means is that your business can get the most out of your IT infrastructure with a hybrid approach—one that will give you the best performance, management, and resiliency for your many varied workloads.

We are all in this together, and we are reinventing the future of work together—and that includes SMB solutions for industries like financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, professional services, and media and telecommunications.

With HPE Small Business Solutions, you can move quickly ahead and start reinventing your workplace, your workflow and your workforce—with greater simplicity, security, and flexibility.

Techaisle article: Remote work is escalating need for connected digital workplace platform within SMB and midmarket  by Anurag Agrawal

Techaisle article: Remote work is escalating need for connected digital workplace platform within SMB and midmarket  by Anurag Agrawal

3 Aberdeen knowledge brief: The Myth of the 100% Cloud World: Many Businesses Are Instead Boosting On-Premises Workloads

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Introducing HPE MSA Gen6 Storage: Hands-Free, High Performance, and Simpler than Ever

Announcing HPE MSA Gen6, the next generation of HPE entry level storage. New high-performance models match today’s workloads, automating and simplifying IT processes, and protecting business data anywhere. The affordable modern storage arrays include a choice of HDD and SSD media.

I have great news for small to midsize businesses! HPE has just announced HPE MSA Gen6, our next generation SMB SAN storage solution. HPE Modular Smart Arrays (MSAs) let businesses secure their most valuable data and make it easily accessible to employees, with a modern architecture that includes a number of new iSCSI, SAS and Fiber Channel high-performance Gen6 controllers and a choice of HDD and SSD media.

HPE’s entry level storage portfolio continues to allow customers to take advantage of performance, simplicity, and flexibility over a wide range of workloads. Enhancements to the Performance Tiering option let you configure a high-performance SAN solution with a minimal number of SSDs, allowing HPE MSA Gen6 to deliver application acceleration to every ProLiant workload without breaking the budget.

Three New Models Make Simple Storage Simpler

A leading entry point solution for HPE ProLiant servers for over a decade, HPE MSA Storage now includes three new Gen6 models that deliver simple, high-performance, flash-ready storage for SMBs:

  • HPE MSA 1060: Designed for users with fixed capacity and performance needs supporting smaller IT workloads
  • HPE MSA 2060: Offers the flexibility to scale both performance and capacity to meet the most demanding IT workloads
  • HPE MSA 2062:  Includes an HPE MSA 2060 bundled with two 1.92TB SSD drives and an Advanced Data Service license, giving the user a substantial savings (up to 31% off list price) and the ability to start day one with a high-performance affordable hybrid-flash storage solution.


Regardless of which model you choose, all MSA Gen6 arrays include a standard set of features that are ideal for SMB customers looking to accelerate to hybrid-flash SAN infrastructure. For starters, the new Gen6 architecture makes interacting with the array and using it simpler than ever. The new HPE MSA Storage Management Utility (SMU v4) provides intuitive, step-by-step guided workflows that configure the array straight out of the box, eliminating common errors and dramatically improving the user experience, especially for tasks users don’t do every day.  Guided workflows simplify these tasks and virtually eliminate the need for a reference manual.

We have also made improvements to the Health Check feature. Want to know how well your system is performing and be certain you are not overlooking anything in system setup? With just a few simple steps, MSA Health Check uses a cloud-based utility to assess your system’s compliance with all known HPE best practices and provides detailed next-step guidance to resolve any issues.

Updated and Automated Features Enhance Performance

While there are several new features and enhancements in these sixth-generation arrays, I want to draw your attention to three enhancements that work in combination to significantly improve performance in the new models.

A new Gen6 RAID controller architecture provides up to 50% higher performance versus the previous Gen5 controllers. System latency is reduced, allowing faster access to applications and data. It’s a substantial performance boost that your users will notice as they use their applications.

Performance Tiering 2.0. The Gen6 models have access to a new “hands-free” Tiering 2.0 algorithm that delivers up to 45% more workload application acceleration than previous Gen4 and Gen 5 models. By automatically responding to I/O changes in real-time, the enhanced Performance Tiering option helps to keep “hot” data on the fastest media (such as SSD Flash) further speeding up access times and improving both system and user productivity.

MSA Data Protection Plus (MSA-DP+), a new RAID-based data protection feature, brings dramatic improvements to traditional RAID technology. If a drive fails, rebuild performance is up to 25X faster than RAID 6 – which means the drive can be rebuilt in next-to-no time. This new feature can eliminate the need for idle drive spares and dramatically simplify expanding or growing your array’s capacity. MSA arrays using MSA-DP+ now support capacity expansion at a more granular level, allowing the addition of a single drive or whole expansion shelves to an existing configuration.

More than a Decade of Engineering Improvements

HPE MSA has a proven track record that spans well over a decade – with engineering and technology innovations that continue to make affordable SAN storage simpler, faster, and more reliable. Now with MSA Gen6, we’ve improved on that same high quality, reliable product heritage.

Whether you’re buying a new data storage solution, your data storage infrastructure has gotten too complex to manage, or your existing hardware needs a refresh, HPE MSA Gen6 arrays are a smart choice. HPE MSA Storage has always been a simple, affordable storage solution. The new Gen6 models take entry level storage further, matching today’s workloads, automating and simplifying IT processes, and protecting business data anywhere.

For more information on new HPE MSA Gen6 storage solutions:


Take business to the next level with HPE Small Business Solutions

Modern, efficient, and powerful technology can help take business to the next level. But it can be hard to know where to get started. HPE has a portfolio of small business solutions for top use cases.


Simplicity is important to your customer’s business as they plan for the future. Your criteria for selecting new tech are better product experience, great value, and solutions performance. Your choice would lean towards choosing solutions that will meet their long-term needs.

  • Easy to select – Find the right solutions and configurations that provide the foundational on-premises component for the hybrid cloud by using the HPE Solutions Wizard.
  • Peace of mind – Tested and validated HPE Small Business Solutions—built on the excellence of HPE ProLiant servers, Aruba Instant On switches, and HPE storage—offer the speed, security, and services that you need.
  • Simplified installation – Achieve fast and flexible deployment of servers for custom or for automated setup by using Intelligent Provisioning, a server provisioning tool.
  • Artificial Intelligence – Use artificial intelligence and analytics to examine, predict, and heal infrastructure with HPE InfoSight for Servers and HPE MSA Health Check Tool.

IT that manages itself—so your customers can manage their business

It’s said that 77% of small businesses lack IT resource and need help getting started.

Now more than ever, it has never been more important to stay relevant with IT. This guide focuses on a new generation of IT infrastructure that manages itself – HPE Infosight.

If your customers needed just one reason to maximise speed and agility, this guide outlines many.

How HPE Infosight helps customer’s business:

  • Improves performance of IT
  • Delivers a better user experience to customers and employees
  • Reduces the time and cost of looking after IT
  • Avoids downtime, interruption to business, and damage to reputation



7 must-reads for small and medium-sized businesses

It’s not the size of the company that determines success but the strength of the strategy.

From navigating IT security challenges to choosing the right tech financing, here are seven articles to help SMBs remain competitive.

Small to medium-size businesses may have tighter budgets and smaller staffs than larger companies, but with the right playbook, a nimble shop can achieve big wins. It’s not the size of the company that determines success but the strength of the strategy.

IT security at home: Hard but not impossible
You probably can’t provide security for workers at home that matches that of your office, but you can come close. Here are some ideas.

Small business security requires a password manager
Weak passwords are an attacker’s key to your assets. For now, passwords are unavoidable, but with the right software, your team can use them securely.

How big can the virtual office scale?
In theory, many businesses—even very large ones—can operate without a physical office. But can they operate optimally? Depends on whom you ask.

SMB technology in 2020: Hybrid cloud looms large
SMBs lean into the cloud and experiment with new technologies while grappling with traditional challenges such as lack of in-house expertise and security concerns.

The essential SMB guide for technology financing
SMBs are often constrained by tight budgets and minimal staffing. To drive business forward, it’s critical to look for the most cost-effective IT spending strategies.

Five predictions for the future of contactless payment
Adoption of contactless payment has been slow, but the worldwide pandemic is providing additional motivation for it to become standard.

Internet video streaming and video conferencing services: The basics
Video on the Internet is either live or on demand. For either, there are products and services to meet particular business needs.