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HPE Enterprise's Antonio Neri On The Blockbuster SimpliVity Acquisition And The Hyper-Converged Shortcomings Of Nutanix, Cisco And Dell-EMC

HPE Enterprise Group Executive Vice President Antonio Neri sounds off on how the $650 million acquisition of SimpliVity puts the heat on Nutanix, Cisco and Dell EMC.

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How quickly are you going to productize this across the full HPE hybrid IT portfolio?

Within the first 60 days of closing between now and sometime in March, we are going to take the OmniStack from SimpliVity and put it on our HC380. So you are going to have an HPE SimpliVity platform. What that means is you are going to have the SimpliVity OmniStack on the DL380, which is the war horse that channel partners sell into enterprise and SMB [acccounts].

Within the first six months – sometime in September – we are going to introduce the next generation of hybrid IT systems, which Ric Lewis [general manager and senior vice president of HPE's Software Defined and Cloud Group] and his team have been working on. Those provide the full hybrid IT experience customers are looking for. This goes beyond hyper-converged, and we are going to leverage the SimpliVity software-defined storage [software] in our Composable [infrastructure] strategy, including Synergy.

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