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CRN Exclusive: HPE EVP Neri On SimpliVity Road Map, Nutanix's Storage Dilemma, Cisco And Lenovo's SimpliVity's Problem, And VMware Partnership

Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager of HPE's Enterprise Group, speaks with CRN about HPE's hyper-converged product road map and more in the wake of its just-completed $650 million acquisition of SimpliVity.

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According to IDC, SimpliVity sales have actually been falling year over year, at least in the third quarter of 2016. What happened?

I can't comment on specific numbers, but SimpliVity sales have continued to grow, high double digits. … They were keeping pace, actually growing at a much faster pace, than the market growth. The hyper-converged market is one of the markets in the traditional data center that's growing fastest.

The SimpliVity team has done a phenomenal job and continued to grow, in particular in the enterprise, which was their strength … because of the features of the product.

So overall, what they saw here was an opportunity to accelerate their go-to-market with the other assets of HPE to really take that to the next level. Absolutely, it continues to grow very nicely.

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