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The 18 Biggest News Stories Of 2018

From microprocessor vulnerabilities to billion-dollar acquisitions, from data privacy scandals to top executive resignations, CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in 2018.

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18. HPE Offers Groundbreaking GreenLake Flexible Consumption Model

Hewlett Packard Enterprise upended the IT channel in 2018 when it debuted its GreenLake Flex Capacity offering that brought the pay-per-use model of cloud computing to partners selling HPE infrastructure.

HPE said the GreenLake compensation model, an alternative to public cloud, provided partners with rebate incentives much greater than traditional capex deals. The goal was to provide partners with a significant margin boost as they adopted a pay-per-use consumption model.

GreenLake is also designed to eliminate overprovisioning where customers buy more on-premise compute, storage or networking capacity than they need. It speeds up IT provisioning, provides detailed consumption information for customers and gives partners the option to provide a service as a capital or operating expense.

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