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.

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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).

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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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NinjaSTARS for Nimble Storage

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HPE NinjaSTARS is an interactive storage-sizing tool for HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble storage arrays. It can size and configure a cost-effective and performance-optimized array that can replace existing legacy arrays.

Based on a set of basic capacity and performance metrics (requirements) from an existing storage environment, it converts these requirements into a ready-to-order bill of materials list

This new version includes not only some fixes, but also some new features:

1.   You now can “change” Controller Models while working with your initial configuration instead of having to re-create everything from scratch.

2.   You can now export your scenario to either Word or PDF files.

3.   New Dedup Enable/Disable option, with impact to “reference IOPS” shown in the tool.

4.   And more…

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.

Finally the unveiling of a New HPE Simplivity

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Not quite long ago, the term hyperconvergence surfaced in the market; a fresh promise of less footprint on hardware devices and more compute advantage.  New brands and new models started showing up gradually. It was this that instigated a challenge among technology manufacturers, which all centered on who would take the market share domain.

It is not surprising that the manufacturers wanted a cut of this cake. It humbly represents a 12.5 Billion business opportunity based on IDC evaluation 2018 report. Revenues from Hyperconverged market sales increased 69.4% which means that in 2017 the Hyperconverged market surpassed $3.7 billion.

The demands were forthcoming until the final benefits of a Solution to minimize data center complexity and improve scalability. HPE came up with HPE Hyperconverge HC380 solution, an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system.  HPE hardware was top of the line solution that used Apollos configuration where you could have up to 4 server nodes in a 2U rack footprint.

HPE did not remain in the market lead with the hardware model at this time but something was cooking in the strategy kitchen. Simplivity was on the drawing table. HPE came to terms to purchase Simplivity for $650 million as a means of expanding. Its hyperconverge offering and analytics believed it was a good deal. Nonetheless, the rest is History.

HPE became the most requested Hyperconverge Brand with the HPE Simplivity 380 based on Gen9 and Gen10 models. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, the OmniCube, replaces storage, switches, cloud gateways, high-availability shared storage, and appliances for backup and deduplication, WAN optimization, and storage caching.  Aren’t these features a jonesing? It’s all that an IT Manager wants and desires.

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The Uniqueness of HPE Simplivity 380 from other Solutions:

  • FAST: Advanced VM-centric management and mobility speed deployment and application performance
  • Powerful and efficient: All IT infrastructure and advanced data services for virtualized workloads plus increased storage efficiency
  • Multi-cloud: Transform your VM environment into an enterprise cloud that delivers cloud-like speed, operations and economics across all your private clouds

Until now, we were thinking that it was all wrapped up but HPE lately proclaimed that a new HPE Simplivity model was going to emerge, no more waiting. The former and most desired hardware solution is operative once more. It’s the HPE Simplivity 2600 hyperconverge appliance based on HPE Apollos Gen 10 Server and all-flash storage. It is designed to solve client needs as a simpler and powerful infrastructure for Virtual desktop infrastructure.

HPE Simplivity 2600 will be capable of holding more virtual desktop users in a limited data center space, it will also have 2 times more dense advantage compared to HPE Simplivity 380. Rigid flexibility with customer’s choice in HPE Apollo chassis. Although it first addresses the VDI environment it will keep offering 100% Software optimize Simplivity with always on deduplication & compression, validated by HPE and Login VSI.

Where can HPE Simplivity 2600 be positioned?

  • Oil & Gas: Extreme space constraints on offshore platforms and remote drilling sites
  • Retail (POS) - Chain stores and franchises who want to manage POS centrally, but want  equipment onsite
  • SLED - Need many desktops for computer labs. Very little space available for infrastructure
  • Co – locations: High cost of rack space in urban Co-location centers place a premium on dense  infrastructure

Are you catching my drift? More amazing features are being developed and soon, more and more information on this revolutionary solution will be announced.

Being successful takes more than hardware, software, or services. It requires a partner like WESTHAM TRADE able to bring all these elements together, aligned to your customer industry, and enterprise.

Marketing Campaign -EU Demand Generation

We have created a "Business Continuity" campaign with the following objectives in mind:

  • Directed towards end users
  • Objective is to capture leads that are interested in HPE solutions that we can share with our partners.
  • Showcase some of the most important solutions related to business continuity.

This is a great opportunity for HPE resellers and VAR's in the Caribbean, to join forces with us to increase demand on these solutions.  If you are one of our partners, we will share the leads with you and work together.