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40 Channel Milestones Over 40 Years

Steven Burke

As CRN celebrates its 40th anniversary, here are the 40 milestones that have shaped the channel over the last four decades.

HPE’S NERI: AS-A-SERVICE PLEDGE

When Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri made a pledge three years ago to transform the complete HPE product line into an as-a-service model, there were more than a few competitors that scoffed at the lofty goal. “Our vision for our company is to deliver everything we do as a service,” said Neri, addressing partners at the Global Partner Summit in 2019. “Three years from now, this company will become consumption-driven, and everything we do—whether it is at the edge, the core, the cloud business, software or infrastructure and services—will be available to you and to our customers as a service.” Today, Neri’s bet has become a reality and is paying off in an HPE GreenLake pay-per-use cloud service, storage and infrastructure subscription sales renaissance. Neri himself described HPE’s full pivot to an as-a-service edge-to-cloud company as the start of a new era. “This is just the beginning,” he said. “We have been talking about this and see the momentum, but this is a new beginning to me, which is the next phase of who we are and how we are transforming ourselves.”

 
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