HPE CEO Whitman: Businesses Will 'Live or Die' Based On How They Adapt To A World In Which 'Everything Computes'


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman Tuesday told several thousand customers that businesses will "live or die" based on how they adapt to a world in which everything is connected and "everything computes."

"We see this emerging world as one where everything computes and, in that world, your business will live or die based on technology," said Whitman in a keynote address at the HPE Discover conference. "We see it over and over again: outstanding business outcomes occur when you combine the right mix of breakthrough innovations with the right experience at the right time. A world where everything computes comes with tremendous opportunities and challenges."

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Conquering those real world challenges and helping customers capture the opportunities that come in an "everything computes" world is at the heart of HPE's strategy to make hybrid IT simple, power the intelligent edge and provide the services expertise to "make it all happen," said Whitman.

HPE unveiled a blizzard of technology breakthroughs at HPE Discover 2017 aimed at helping customers build more secure and dynamic infrastructure and drive better business outcomes in an "everything computes" world. These included a new Gen10 server platform billed as the world's most secure industry standard server; robust updates to the company's Synergy composable infrastructure, which is accelerating  private cloud adoption; a new Aruba 8400 core switch that partners are calling a Cisco Catalyst "killer;" a new Aruba Internet of Things asset tracking solution for the intelligent edge; and new HPE Edgeline Services Platform to help partners manage and control industrial connected systems and networks.

The key to making hybrid IT simple is helping customers make decisions on which applications run off premises, on premises or at the edge, said Whitman. Just as important, said Whitman, is HPE's mission to help customers stretch beyond the data center to deliver transformative experiences for their customers at the intelligent edge.

"In this new world autonomous systems will make data-driven decisions that improve profits, save lives and enhance the world in which we live," said Whitman. "This is so important because according to (market researcher) IDC 43 percent of IoT (Internet of Things) data will be analyzed at the edge."

HPE's "trusted advisor" Pointnext services organization- which was launched three months ago – is developing new services aimed at providing customers the ability to "turn data into insight and insight into action" to drive better business outcomes, said Whitman.

To drive home the power of the HPE strategy, Whitman pointed to cloud workplace provider Smartsheet's decision to move from a public cloud platform for its highly regarded software-as-a-service offering to an on-premises HPE private cloud and Merck, a $40 billion pharmaceutical company, which also embraced an HPE hybrid platform.

Clark Golestani, president of the emerging business and global CIO for Merck told HPE Discover attendees that his company did a comprehensive analysis of the public cloud versus hybrid IT and selected HPE hybrid IT. "With regulatory constraints, privacy and also cost – which is very important for us – it really drove us to a converged (HPE) infrastructure solution on premise," he said.

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