Hewlett Packard Enterprise took a big step toward delivering on its \u201centire-portfolio-as-a-service\u201d strategy this week by unveiling cloud-based storage and data service that will help manage storage needs in distributed IT enterpises.\nHPE said in 2019 that by 2022 it wanted to remake itself into a more service-oriented company and announced plans to transition its entire portfolio to subscription based, pay-per-use, and as-a-service offerings. It has since made headway, for example, recently adding HPE GreenLake cloud services for HPC.\n\nThe company\u2019s storage move begins to transform the nearly $5 billion HPE Storage business into a cloud-native, software-defined data-services core. It will help organizations reduce complexity and break down silos within their data and infrastructure across the hybrid cloud, said Tom Black, senior vice president and general manager of HPE Storage. \u201cStorage complexity is the roadblock to innovation,\u201d he said.\nSimplifying that complexity will begin with a plan HPE calls its Data Service Platform that features new data-service technologies available through HPE GreenLake, the company\u2019s on-premises, pay-per-use service.\nAt the center of the new offering is HPE\u2019s Data Services Cloud Console, a cloud-based console that utilizes the HPE Aruba Edge Services Platform to support AI-based analytics, workflow automation, and security.\u00a0\nThe console is designed to abstract and control infrastructure and data workflows\u00a0 from edge to cloud, Black said. \u201cThe Data Services Cloud Console strips away all the traditional management work across the lifecycle of storage\u2014from deployment and provisioning to global management\u2014all from the ease of a single cloud console. The idea is that storage deployment can be done in minutes, rather than days or in some cases weeks, with auto-discovery and configuration,\u201d Black said.\nThe console features an API that will include application automation features and allow for integration with other HPE and third-party data services and software.\nIn addition, a Data Ops Manager will let customers provision and manage their data infrastructure from anywhere, using any device, Black said.\nThe final components are two new storage boxes\u2014HPE Alletra 9000 and 6000 systems\u2014that can be managed at large scale by the console.\u00a0\nThe NVMe Alletra 9000 is aimed at high-end mission-critical storage and the 6000 at business operations. Both can be automatically discovered and configured and managed remotely. The two are derived from existing HPE storage technology with the 9000 related to its Primera arrays and the 6000 to HPE\u2019s Nimble system.\nBlack said this is the opening salvo for the storage-as-a-service portfolio and that support for other storage-management capabilities as well as existing storage systems such as Nimble and Primera will be brought into the Data Services Cloud Console in the future.\nThe Data Services Cloud Console, cloud data services, and HPE Alletra will be available for order this month.