CEO Whitman: HPE's Hybrid IT Innovation Is Saving Customers Staring Into Public Cloud 'Abyss'


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman Monday said the company's hybrid IT innovation is saving customers that are staring into a public cloud "abyss."

"The reality is that while we keep hearing the hype that everything is moving to the public cloud, it is just not happening," said Whitman rallying several thousand HPE partners at the company's Global Partner Summit to take the hybrid IT high ground.  "In fact, according to [market researcher]  IDC, 53 percent of enterprises have or are considering bringing their workloads back on-premises, and I am willing to bet that percentage is going to increase."

Many enterprise organizations that went all-in with public cloud are standing on the edge of  a public "cloud cliff" that leaves them staring into an "abyss," said Whitman.

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"Whether for reasons of cost or security or performance, the public cloud was no longer the best option for them," she said. "These customers don't want to just unplug. They want to scale to a hybrid environment that is developer-friendly and gives their business more control and better total cost of ownership."

A major factor in the hybrid IT renaissance is a new wave of infrastructure innovation from HPE including Synergy composable infrastructure, which has made it easy for customers to compose "bare metal hardware as a pool of resources" that resembles public cloud, said Whitman.

HPE partners, for their part, say the the vendor's all-out hybrid IT innovation offensive is allowing them to drive sales growth against public cloud providers.

CB Technologies, an Orange, Calif., based HPE Platinum partner, was singled out for its Cloud@scale managed private cloud solution, which offers increased security compliance versus public cloud at a 35 percent to 50 percent cost savings.

LiquidSky, a cloud service which allows gamers to install and play any game, embraced the CB Technologies  Cloud@scale offering because it provided better performance and economics in a more robust managed cloud environment, said LiquidSky CEO Ian McLoughlin in a video testimonial shown at the conference.

"We started the company on a public cloud infrastructure, but over time as we grew we needed to move towards a private cloud solution," said McLoughlin. "Cloud@scale was great for us because it gave us the speed and drove in the ease-of-use that we had with public cloud. HPE gave us more bang for the buck. We can actually fit double the amount of users per server, which gives us much better economics.''

CB Technologies President Jason Mendenhall said there are more than two dozen customers in the Cloud@scale sales pipeline that moved aggressively to the public cloud and are now looking for a more economical and secure managed private cloud offering.

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