Enterprise Group lead Antonio Neri on HPE's commitment to software-defined infrastructure


Recent acquisitions deliver on long-term business strategy

Today’s digital environment is driving a new generation of applications, workloads and data that is radically different from what we have known, and is moving and changing at a speed and scale we have never seen.

Traditional IT infrastructure and operations simply weren’t built for this new set of demands—and the complexity is increasing every day.

In this new world, our customers need a new approach to manage apps and data across multiple environments. They look to us to provide a new class of architectures to maximize the value of their underlying data and provide business and IT services faster through a differentiated, simple experience.

Software-Defined Infrastructure

HPE is focused on meeting the challenges of this new world, and systems software is a critical part of our go-forward strategy. We are working towards our vision of being the industry’s leading provider of hybrid IT, built on the secure, next-generation, software-defined infrastructure that will run customers’ data centers today, bridge to multi-cloud environments tomorrow, and power the emerging intelligent edge that will run campus, branch and Industrial IoT applications for decades to come—all delivered through a world-class services capability.

Strategic Acquisitions

HPE is investing aggressively to deliver on this software-defined vision, both organically and inorganically. Over the past few weeks, we have made some very exciting acquisitions that will strengthen each of these core areas.

Simplifying Hybrid IT

On January 17, 2017, HPE signed a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity, a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure. This is a significant step forward in our vision to expand HPE’s software-defined capability and make Hybrid IT simple for our customers.

Adding SimpliVity to our portfolio will be a game-changer for us. With this deal, we will bring together our best-in-class infrastructure, automation and cloud management software with SimpliVity’s software-defined data management platform. Together, HPE and SimpliVity will deliver solutions that bring customers secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics.

Strengthening Services

On January 23, 2017, HPE announced plans to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a leading provider of cloud consumption analytics software that provides clear insight into IT usage and spend and helps customers more effectively plan and manage their IT systems. This acquisition will further differentiate our Flexible Capacity offering and strengthen this high-growth service.

Flexible Capacity, a strategic and high-growth component of HPE’s Technology Services portfolio, offers customers on-premises IT infrastructure with cloud economics. It enables our customers to manage IT infrastructure in their own data center but pay for it as a service. This reduces the risk of organizations investing too much—or too little—in IT, eliminates unused capacity, and frees up valuable IT resources for new value-adding projects.

Securing the Intelligent Edge

And today, I am excited to announce that HPE Aruba has acquired Niara, a leader in the developing User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) market space, to help our customers detect and protect their networks against advanced cyber-attacks that have penetrated their perimeter defenses.

Niara is a leader in this new category of products that employ machine learning and big data analytics on enterprise packet and log streams to discover these advanced attacks. By integrating Niara into Aruba’s ClearPass policy management capability, we will create a powerful network security offering to better protect our customers’ data as IoT applications become increasingly central to the way they run their businesses. This also enhances the existing partnership between HPE Aruba and HPE ArcSight, the market-leading intelligent security operations solution from HPE Software.

I am pleased with the progress we’ve made in identifying the right assets to deliver on our long-term business strategy, and I’m excited to see how these investments will enable our customers to accelerate their journey to Hybrid IT.


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