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The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing News Stories Of 2020 (So Far)

Donna Goodison

CRN breaks down the top cloud news midway through the year—from coronavirus-fueled cloud spending to cloud leaders decrying racial injustice to the explosion of cloud-based videoconferencing.

9. HPE GreenLake Blockbuster

Hewlett Packard Enterprise this month unveiled a “huge step forward” in its GreenLake pay-per-use channel model, moving from a bespoke, customized model to a standardized group of 17 “building block” offerings for small, medium and large businesses.

HPE said the building block breakthrough should allow partners to reduce the sales cycle to 14 days or less from price quote to delivery, from what previously took as long as six months, CRN’s Steven Burke reported.

The new HPE GreenLake Cloud Services, which include container management, machine-learning operations, data protection, networking, virtual machines (VMs), storage and compute, will help customers modernize their applications and data in the environments of their choice, from the edge to the cloud. Based on preintegrated building blocks, they’re being sold in small to large configurations.

HPE also is bringing the full GreenLake Cloud experience to, where customers can try and price packages ranging from disaster recovery/backup to private cloud and containers as a service, and then purchase them through HPE partners.

“This is really built for the channel,” HPE Senior Vice President Keith White told CRN. “This gives them much more standardized opportunities to deliver these services, such as virtual machines or containers or machine-learning-type capabilities, depending on what they want to deliver to their customer set. It gives them that flexibility.”

HPE is building a next-generation partner ecosystem, moving deeper into the channel with systems integrators, managed service providers, independent software vendors, telcos and colocation providers, according to White.

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