Top 3 Reasons to buy VMware via HPE’s VMware OEM Program

For 18 years, HPE and VMware have worked together to revolutionize virtualization economics and create new efficiencies for clients by delivering the industry’s most complete portfolio of integrated systems.

Here are the top 3 reasons why you should buy VMware through HPE’s OEM program.

Better Support

Did you know that if you purchase VMware licenses directly from VMWare you only get technical support in English?  This is a challenge for many Spanish speaking customers.  When you buy the license through HPE’s VMware OEM program, support is available from a single vendor for both physical & virtual infrastructure with over 1,100 HPE support professionals trained on our integrated solutions.

The VMware OEM portfolio from Hewlett Packard Enterprise includes a 1 / 3 / 5-year 24x7 unlimited support and subscription services.  What’s most attractive is that you get level 1 and 2 support with an HPE representative which can open your ticket in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German or even Chinese.  This is especially useful for your customers in Central America and Spanish speaking countries.

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Special Pricing

If you are already an HPE partner and can register opportunities, adding the licenses to an infrastructure project (or even if just buying them standalone) can get you better volume pricing and better discounts.  An added benefit is you are purchasing them from the same distributor in the same purchase order.  This makes your purchasing process much simpler and streamlined.

Remember that Hewlett Packard Enterprise branded licenses are identical to VMware native software and are transferable to any other HPE or non-HPE servers as needed and fully supported.  Base licenses must be sold with the equivalent number of HPE ProLiant Servers within 30 days.

Additional Incentives

You can train to sell VMware in HPE’s Engage and Grow portal.  You can get points for the trainings and this translates into fun prizes.  Make sure to sign up directly in the Engage and Grow platform.

https://www.hpeengageandgrowlac.com/login.php

Next time your customer asks about virtualization software, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team to help you put together a winning offer.  As a reference, the VMware OEM portfolio from Hewlett Packard Enterprise includes:

  • All VMware vSphere core server editions and related acceleration kits
  • VMware Hyper Converged Infrastructure Kits
  • Upgrade licenses within the core server editions
  • VMware vCenter management products including Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • vRealize products including vRealize Operations, vRealize Suite
  • vCloud products including vCloud Suite
  • vSAN
  • VMware Horizon products

HPE Synergy Virtual Roadshow Recorded Sessions

Synergy

We have created a Synergy virtual roadshow which includes four sessions that undoubtedly will give you all the knowledge you need to understand Synergy and all its benefits.

Learn how you can gain efficiency and control, and deploy IT resources quickly for any workload through a single interface. HPE Synergy, a powerful software-defined solution, enables you to compose fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric resources into any configuration for any application.

HPE Synergy Virtual Roadshow #1

HPE Synergy Virtual Roadshow #2

HPE Synergy Virtual Roadshow #3

HPE Synergy Virtual Roadshow #4

HPE Nimble Storage Territory Availability

We are currently offering the entire HPE Nimble Storage portfolio to practically every country in our territory.

Countries currently enabled to sell Nimble Storage:

With any support option available (always taking into consideration a ~170 miles distance from local depot):

Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela.

With Next Business Day and Spares, until further notice:

Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic,  El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Please contact us if you are interested in this great product line.  To read more about Nimble solutions, visit http://www.hpe.com/nimble-storage/

 

 

How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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On October 4, 2018, an article published in Bloomberg Business Week described a technique allegedly used to implant a tiny microchip on motherboards produced by
Super Micro Computer, Inc. The microchip was allegedly implanted at factory locations and would interfere with and compromise the baseboard management controller (BMC) firmware of the server.

All companies named in the article as being involved (Super Micro, Apple, and Amazon Web Services [AWS]) have categorically denied all claims. Furthermore, both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre have issued statements that they have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by Apple and AWS that refute the validity of the alleged security breach.

We would like to inform you that HPE is not aware and has no evidence that any motherboards used in HPE products have been implanted with the suspect microchip. Through stringent supply chain risk management practices and controls, which include the vetting of supplier and contract manufacturing supply chain practices, cyber security, physical security, and quality assurance, HPE works diligently to mitigate security risks and deliver the highest quality products to support our IT and computing needs.

Security is also designed into HPE Gen10 servers that use the iLO 5 silicon — including HPE ProLiant, HPE Apollo, HPE Synergy, and HPE BladeSystem — to provide enhanced protection. If the server - essential firmware (like the BMC or unified extensible firmware interfaces [UEFI]) of an HPE Gen10 server is altered, not only will the server likely detect the compromised code, but the server will also recover to a known good state of firmware.

Your business’ security is important to us and it’s why HPE put such strong controls and supplier codes of conduct in place.

Thank you for your business and continued support of HPE products, services, and solutions.

Offering Great Value to our Clients

One of the greatest challenges that IT resellers face nowadays is trying to keep up with ever-changing technologies.  Case in point, we were all accustomed to selling HPE’s C7000 chassis with blade compute nodes. With the introduction of the Synergy Frame to replace the C7000, we may be feeling the uncertainty of offering such solution.  Do we know how to configure it? Does it solve the customer’s need?  So, instead of offering a new frame to expand your customers capabilities, we might offer more ram and more processors for their aging blade infrastructure.  If we ask ourselves why this phenomenon, the old saying, “You can’t sell what you don’t know” rings very true.  Technology is ever-changing, and your sales team is having a challenging time keeping up.

The HPE C7000 Chassis, was launched in 2006! Few products have had such a long lifecycle. Speaks very well of HPE’s technology.

Why is a relationship with an HPE value distributor indispensable?

Your HPE distributor knows the technologies and solutions inside and out.  For that reason, they can help train your sales force and lead them in conversation with your customer to promote innovative technologies to find the best solution.

Your distributor acts as an extension of your team, bringing all that knowledge to your entire sales staff.  It is always good for resellers to have presales engineers, in fact we encourage it and we can help you develop one.  But in many cases, resellers must rely on their distributor for these activities.

Did you know you can include your distributor sales rep in a call with your customer for additional leverage?  Heck, your distributor might invite and HPE Rep to for added reassurance to your customer.

Westham has 6 presales consultants ready to help. Schedule a session today.

An outstanding distributor can prepare proof of concepts for you. If you have an end-user that is evaluating an HPE solution, a POC (proof of concept) will likely lead to a sale, as long as the equipment performs as expected. The key to a proper POC is to know exactly what the challenges are, what we are trying to solve and finally, the right metrics for measurement. The key is to know which metrics the customer will use to determine success, and what will be considered a failure.

This is especially true with Aruba solutions, where a proof of concept might include access points, switches and software. A proof of concept can be installed on premise and tested for a few weeks in parallel to their current equipment. Testing and benchmarking is crucial. (We have the software to test any Aruba solution).

Aruba POC
Antonio Ramos, HPE Aruba Engineer, giving a thumbs up to Westham's POC for a large caribbean resort. The POC includes controllers, ClearPass, indoor/outdoor access point and much more.

For Compute and Storage solutions, the live demos are usually the best course of action. You can schedule your live demos for Synergy by following this link. Synergy Demo Signup

Did you know that HPE has a customer engagement center in Houston, where we can bring your customer to see the equipment live at the HPE labs? They can even upload the software and do a live test using their applications and measure using their own benchmarks for comparison.

You might be thinking these activities are way over your budget. Well, yes and no. These activities are not cheap and require a three-way investment. The manufacturer, the distributor and the reseller usually co-invest to make these demand generation activities sprout. The distributor has a vested interest in your success, we will work with you to make it affordable. You might ask why would the distributor be willing to co-invest with you? What do they ask in return?

The answer is simple: your loyalty when sourcing the solution and for future projects.

Finally, your distributor can help you negotiate pricing with HPE. We know the methodology and can help you create a compelling case to get the most aggressive pricing possible therefore improving our win probability.

Choosing the right HPE distributor is key to improve your win rate in HPE solutions. At WESTHAM, we pride ourselves in offering the most personalized, fast and friendly service to our clients. We are an HPE Unique Distributor, so you can count on the fact that we know HPE. I am sure that once you start working with us you will never regret it.

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Oscar Jaen Interview

I had the chance to talk to Oscar regarding what he thought were the main concerns of an IT manager today.  He also discussed some of the new technologies we promote.

Make sure to contact Oscar regarding any solution that contains Synergy, SimpliVity, Nimble or 3Par.  He will be happy to guide you in the right direction.