HPE Discover 2022: CEO Antonio Neri’s 10 Most Provocative Statements
Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri took on all the big issues at HPE Discover 2022 from HPE’s transformation into a software and services company with GreenLake to how HPE is out-innovating competitors. Here are his 10 most provocative statements from the event.
GreenLake Momentum: Customers Have ‘Voted With Their Workloads And Data’
HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri said the company’s GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform now has 65,000 customers with 120,000 users with over an exabyte of data under management.
“Customers have voted with their workloads and data,” said Neri in his keynote address at HPE Discover, where 8,000 customers and partners gathered for the first time since the pandemic to see the latest edge-to-cloud innovation from HPE. “Today 65,000 customers and 120,000 users are on the HPE GreenLake cloud platform consuming 70 unique cloud services with over an exabyte of data under management with customers worldwide. This demonstrates how customers are increasing and expanding their reliance on HPE GreenLake.”
When asked what workloads should be put in the public cloud and what workloads should stay on-premises, Neri said, “That is the wrong question. We think the better question is how do I bring a consistent cloud operating model across all my workloads and data? To do that you need to start with an edge-to-cloud architecture in a platform built specifically for a highly distributed enterprise. This is why the [GreenLake] platform not only complements your public cloud capabilities it also completes your hybrid cloud strategy by addressing your biggest data-first modernization challenges.”
Among the biggest challenges in that regard is the ability to provide an on-premises cloud model for customers struggling with moving to the public cloud because of data gravity and data compliance issues. “HPE GreenLake solves that problem by bringing the cloud operating experience to your data,” Neri said. “Because of this flexibility you can deploy your cloud anywhere.”
Another big differentiator is HPE’s continuing build-out of a growing GreenLake partner ecosystem that includes distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, ISVs and service providers, said Neri.
“We are placing partner capabilities at the center of our platform through our strategy to open our unique APIs [application programming interfaces] to partners,” Neri told the audience. “The bottom line is there is a growing partner ecosystem building on HPE GreenLake ready to help you. In fact, I believe that is another big difference from our competitors. We are winning with a growing partner ecosystem. We are helping our partners build a business on top of HPE GreenLake.”