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HPE CEO Antonio Neri: 5 Bold Statements At HPE’s Securities Analyst Meeting

Joseph F. Kovar

HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri told analysts at the annual meeting that the COVID-19 pandemic - combined with digital transformation - is making HPE a more attractive company for customers navigating the new normal.

Customers Want To Consume IT As A Service

Neri said HPE is committed to delivering its entire portfolio as a service by the end of 2022. Enterprises are looking to digitally transform, which he said includes developing next-generation cloud-native applications and creating actionable insight from data. But many of these enterprises may lack in-house IT skills, face limited budgets and financing options, and don’t have the flexibility to choose the right technology foundation.

“Consumption-based IT offers solutions to these challenges by providing greater agility, empowering people to shift from managing infrastructure to driving innovation by leveraging insights from their data all while eliminating capital and operating expenses tied to infrastructure over-provisioning,” he said.

HPE is meeting this opportunity with industry-leading software, services, infrastructure, financing and as-a-service capabilities, Neri said. This includes a modern cloud-native software stack that addresses legacy and cloud native environments, as well as a broad infrastructure portfolio, backed by best-in-class services talent and capabilities and a wide range of financing solutions providing asset life-cycle management and consumption-driven business models, he said.

“Our as-a-service experience is years ahead of the competition, driven by early investments in our software platform and managed services capabilities enabling HPE to provide a true consumption-based experience from the edge to the cloud for all workloads, applications and data,” he said.

HPE last year proclaimed itself as the edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company, Neri said.

“Our approach hinges on providing a true, distributed cloud experience—at the edge, in a data center, in a co-location or in the public cloud—to help customers modernize and transform their applications,” he said.

One of the keys to that move is HPE GreenLake Cloud Services, which saw bookings in the last quarter grow 82 percent year-over-year, Neri said.

“At our Discover Virtual Experience in June, we launched our next-generation HPE GreenLake Cloud Services, all accessible via a self-service point-and-click catalog on our HPE GreenLake Central cloud portal,” he said. “We also introduced our new HPE Ezmeral Software platform that underpins our customers’ cloud experience through HPE GreenLake and enables transformation of apps, data and operations to drive speed, unlock insight and boost efficiency.”

HPE also offers HPE Pointnext Technology Services to accelerate customers’ digital transformation and to design, build, optimize and run their hybrid IT estate, he said.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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