HPE Steps Up March To Integrate Nimble Infosight Across Hybrid IT Portfolio With Storage Management Rotation

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rotating two of its top storage management leaders as part of an all-out drive to fuel continued storage sales growth and innovation with Nimble Infosight artificial intelligence software integration across its full Hybrid IT product portfolio.

Bill Philbin (pictured), the current storage general manager who led the successful integration earlier this year of all-flash superstar Nimble and its popular Infosight software, which HPE acquired in April for $1 billion, is taking the CTO for Hybrid IT position.

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"Looking forward, Bill will lead our long-term technology vision for Hybrid IT," said Hybrid IT Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Alain Andreoli in an internal memo announcing the management rotation. "This includes advancing the convergence of compute, storage, networking, and integrating Infosight across the entire Hybrid IT portfolio."

Andreoli singled out Philbin, who has overseen technology strategy and engineering for a number of companies including NetApp, as the "right person" to drive the next critical technology step in the storage journey.

Andreoli said one need "look no further" than the 57 percent increase in Nimble sales in the most recent quarter for proof of what a great job Philbin did with the "very successful acquisition and integration of Nimble."

Milan Shetti, the current CTO, meanwhile, will take the general manager of storage post from Philbin.

Shetti, who was the CEO of Ibrix, a storage company HPE acquired eight years ago, was a key leader in developing HPE's fast-growing all-flash strategy, said Andreoli.

"Milan's deep storage knowledge, operational strength, as well as his broad understanding of our portfolio make him the perfect person for this role," said Andreoli.

"With the addition and successful integration of Nimble now complete, we are moving to the next phase of our storage journey," said Andreoli. "We need our storage business to continue to grow, fueled by innovation. And, we need to integrate Nimble Infosight with the rest of the Hybrid IT portfolio."

Andreoli said HP is making the change with the the "best" storage portfolio in the market powered by 3Par, Nimble, and secondary storage offerings including Storeonce and the Apollo 4200.

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