CRN Exclusive: HPE EVP Antonio Neri On The Enterprise Services Spin-Off, DXC, Dell, And Why Aruba Is Beating Cisco

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Neri On HPE's Software Defined-Intelligent Edge Future

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Executive Vice President Antonio Neri, the principal architect of company's hybrid IT buildout, spoke with CRN ahead of HPE Discover about the company's software-defined data center strategy, and how HPE stacks up against Cisco and Dell EMC.

Neri, a 22-year HPE veteran who said he feels "liberated" by the structure of the new HPE, says the speed at which the company is moving has been particularly pronounced in the time to close acquisitions like the SimpliVity deal – start to finish in just four weeks -- and the Nimble dea -- start to finish in just five weeks,

Now is the time for HPE and its partners to execute, said Neri. "I always say no good deed goes unpunished," he said. "It is true. Before, we were part of a bigger organization, there were a lot of moving parts. … There is a saying, 'With power comes responsibility.' This is a very interesting time. Now we have a clear vision. We have a clear strategy. And we have an operating model that simplifies things for us to go execute."

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