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HPE CEO Meg Whitman On Upcoming Changes To Field Compensation, The Impact Of Dell On HPE's VMware Relationship And Why Hardware Still Matters In The Software-Defined Era

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman tackled questions at the Best of Breed conference, ranging from the channel impact of the company's HPE Next restructuring to what her next career move might be after HPE.

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You announced a relationship with Microsoft as your preferred public cloud provider. What does that mean in the long term to you and the channel? Does it mean you're not going to have those types of relationships with others?

Our first strategy decision we had to make, when we decided hybrid It would be the future, it would be a multi cloud environment for most of our collective customers. We can cover traditional data center, we can cover private cloud on-prem. Managed services, we work with many of you for managed services. We said who is going to be the best initial partner for public cloud, and we decided to pick Microsoft. We have longstanding relationships with Microsoft. They are a channel-friendly company. We meet in the channel all the time. We know how to sell together with you. Second, we thought their technology was excellent. It's a modern architecture, modern technology, and we knew that Azure Stack was coming. Azure Stack turned out to be a little late, but I have to say Azure Stack is a remarkable piece of technology because it is public cloud functionality that you get on-prem. Think about how hard that is to do.

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