A Busy Year For HPE
For HPE, 2016 was a year of blockbuster spin in mergers and deals aimed at making the company a smaller, faster-moving, more innovative next generation infrastructure hybrid computing superpower.
Ultimately 2016 marked the year that HPE CEO Meg Whitman delivered on her five-year plan to make HPE matter again. The one time battered behemoth was viewed as a Silicon Valley dinosaur with a dispirited partner network when Whitman took the helm in September 2011. If that wasn't enough the company was $12.5 billion in debt.
HPE ended 2016 with $7.6 billion in cash and its sights set squarely on dominating the next generation software defined hybrid infrastructure market with a reignited innovation engine led by an all-star channel team.
The year included a number of breakthrough technology offerings including the ProLiant EC200a – which changed the SMB cloud services landscape – and new Edgeline systems, which are being touted as the industry's first converged systems for IoT.
Here are the top HPE stories of 2016.
(For more of our 2016 retrospective, check out 'CRN's 2016 Tech Year In Review.')