CRN Exclusive: HPE's Whitman On New Products, Dell EMC's 'Old Technology' Bet, Cisco's UCS-VCE Data Center Dilemma And Her Future Plans

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Whitman On The Record

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, who has recast the company as a hybrid IT and intelligent edge technology leader, spoke with CRN about the new wave of innovation from HPE being showcased at HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas, how HPE's strategy compares with Dell EMC and Cisco, HPE's acquisition strategy and just how committed she is to continuing to run the company.

For Whitman – who has completely reimagined and reinvented HPE since its official split from HP's PC and printer business 17 months ago – the future belongs to the fleet of foot. "It is going to belong to the partners who are fast," she says. "It is going to belong to the distys who are fast and it is going to belong to the vendors who are fast."

The HPE of today is moving at a pace more akin to a Silicon Valley startup – even if it is still a $30 billion company – than a legacy infrastructure technology provider. It's a long way from the $127 billion Silicon Valley dinosaur with 325,000 employees and $12.5 billion in debt that Whitman took the helm of in September 2011.

Among the biggest HPE breakthroughs at Discover are new Gen10 servers with a silicon-based security solution that HPE says makes them the world's most secure industry standard servers, improvements to HPE's highly acclaimed Synergy composable infrastructure and new Aruba innovation.

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