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HPE Vows $4 Billion Investment In Edge Computing, Offers New Hybrid Cloud Service

Hewlett Packard Enterprise was demonstrating both its technology chops and its leading role in the channel this week with a series of announcements streaming from the company's Discover and Global Partner Summit conferences.

CEO Antonio Neri said HPE will spend $4 billion over the next four years to accelerate the company's R&D efforts to develop new intelligent edge products, services and consumption models across a range of technology domains including connectivity, security, edge computing, automation, machine learning and AI. To get things rolling the company announced the ability to run unmodified applications from vendors such as Microsoft and SAP on HPE Edgeline converged edge systems.

HPE also introduced GreenLake Hybrid Cloud, a new pay-per-use offering that combines on-premise private cloud with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack services. And HPE's Aruba introduced an SD-WAN solution, SD Branch, that combines new branch gateways and headend gateways with existing Aruba technology to create an integrated SD-WAN, WLAN, LAN and security solution.

But it wasn't all about new technology. For partners HPE, at its Global Partner Summit that preceded Discover, debuted the GreenLake Flex Capacity channel compensation model that offers a pay-per-use compensation model to partners selling on-premise HPE infrastructure.

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