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HPE Storage GM Tom Black: 10 Boldest Statements On HPE’s Storage-As-A-Service Transformation

HPE Storage General Manager Tom Black says competitors are playing catch-up in the on-premises cloud data services market. Here are his 10 boldest statements on HPE’s Storage-as-a-Service makeover and what he calls HPE’s ‘tech stack advantage.’

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A Storage Game-Changer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Black says HPE has a “tech stack advantage and a head start” over legacy on-premise- storage competitors with its massive Storage-as-a-Service business transformation.

“Everything about this transformational pivot we are making is about efficiency, speed and a cloud operational model,” Black told CRN. “This is not about selling bits to customers as a primary focus. This is about a true north obsession with the customer’s operational experience and how they do business with a partner. We flipped this business on its head.”

Black, who before taking the helm of the storage business headed up the Aruba cloud-first software switching business, said key to building the unified cloud-native, software-defined storage platform was leveraging Aruba’s cloud-first Aruba Central software and refashioning it into a SaaS-based Storage-as-a-Service platform.

“Nobody has got anything like this,” said Black. “This is unique in the industry. We have built a common cloud platform in the company that is based off of seven years of Aruba development. That platform has over 2 million devices under management, production clusters around the world in 11 different geographies. It is a full-blown SaaS platform that Aruba was adding applications on top of strictly for networking.”

Black said the new HPE Data Services Cloud Console coupled with a new suite of data services forever transforms storage and data management. In fact, he said, the changes open the door to a new era of AI-based “data insights for customers.”

Black said partners and customers should expect a wave of new cloud data services going forward. “We have a whole rolling thunder of cloud-native and cloud-centric storage and data services coming over the next year-plus,” he said. “This is the opening round. This is a very different company moving forward. This is a tremendous opportunity for partners.”

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