Hybrid cloud is the new “Cloud-First”



  • Fifty percent of organizations prefer a hybrid multi-cloud model and about 70% will operate a hybrid multi-cloud model within three years
  • HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is the primary solution from HPE that brings the cloud operating model, and its associated benefits to applications and workloads at the edge, colos, and data centers, while bridging the gap with public clouds

HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is the primary solution from HPE that brings the cloud operating model, and its associated benefits to applications and workloads at the edge, colos, and data centers, while bridging the gap with public clouds

Gartner predicts that over 85% of organizations will embrace a cloud-first principle by 2025 and will not be able to efficiently execute on their digital strategies without the use of cloud-native architectures and technologies.

But what does “cloud-first” mean? If you asked most CIOs or analysts that question a few years ago, “public cloud,” would have likely been their response.

The cloud operating model has become extremely popular over the past few years versus rigid and operationally complex traditional IT. Public cloud was the preferred option for many organizations due to its pay-as-you-go optionality, rapid scalability, abstraction of operational complexity, and simple experience. However, as they have quickly learned, it also has limitations that can constrain business agility and quickly consume budgets.

As more private and public sector organizations seek to modernize in a way that will maximize their agility and control their costs, the adoption rate of a hybrid multi-cloud model has accelerated. In fact, hybrid, multi-cloud is the preferred computing model for 50% of organizations, while 70%4 are expected to operate a hybrid multi-cloud model within three years.

This is why I can say with confidence, that hybrid multi-cloud has replaced public cloud as the de facto synonym for “cloud-first.”

From “Either/Or” to Hybrid

At HPE, we’re experiencing this firsthand through the incredible momentum in the market behind HPE GreenLake. With $7.7 billion in contract value, and over 65,000 customers in every industry worldwide, including some of the world’s largest financial institutions, manufacturers, and retailers, we’re thrilled to not just be part of this shift, but also helping shape it. 

Our significant and continuous investments in cloud software and hardware over the past few years, have enabled us to bring the benefits of the cloud operating model—speed, agility, self-service, pay-per-use, automation, and scalability, close to where the applications and data reside — in customer data centers, in colos, and at the edge—managed however our customers want.

One of the key ways we are making the benefits of hybrid, multi-cloud adoption even more accessible to organizations is via HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise, which I’m thrilled to share is now generally available.

This cloud service is a totally reimagined private cloud with a completely modern experience—delivering a true cloud operating model everywhere in five ways:

1.      Familiar Experience: There is no cloud operating model without “the cloud experience.” To us and our customers, this means, ready “out of the box” availability, quick access to resources (speed to value), a managed environment that abstracts complexity, an intuitive console experience with CLI/API interfaces, and a curated, pre-validated set of ISVs and enabling services (HPE GreenLake Marketplace).

2.      Optimized Performance: With an estimated 50% of data originating and being processed at the edge by 2025,2 performance and responsiveness are important requirements. HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is built on a foundation of preconfigured and workload-optimized infrastructure building blocks, which can be placed close to where data and applications live, both reducing latency and TCO for data-rich applications.

3.      Cost and TCO Predictability: Ingress and egress fees, lock in with proprietary services, and over provisioning can add up quickly and unexpectedly consume organization’s budget.3 HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise enables scaling up and down to align capacity to demand, and high levels of automation leads to reduced TCO. Moreover, its operations console runs, manages, and optimizes the entire cloud estate (yes, including multiple public clouds) with a built-in recommendation engine to optimize resources, predict capacity needs and optimize cloud spend.

4.      Data Sovereignty and Compliance: Continuously evolving data sovereignty and industry-specific compliance requirements are a reality for most of our customers. Therefore, our cloud solutions are designed so customers can easily switch on common security controls that allow simple compliance and geo fencing.

5.      Open Ecosystem: Our design principles are centered on deploying open standards and open systems which provides our customers choice and prevents vendor lock-in. An open systems and open standards approach gives our customers the choice and the optionality to port and place workloads to the environment of their choice.

Over the past six months, I’ve travelled across North America, EMEA and APAC, speaking with organizations across every industry. The response for HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise has been resoundingly positive, as they recognize this solution’s tremendous potential to drive their unique business outcomes through these five simple, yet powerful, value propositions. 

Moreover, because it comes as a cloud managed offering, it abstracts the complexity of managing infrastructure, so our customers can focus their scarce resources on the upper layers and more business-specific elements of the IT stack.

The most exciting part is that this is just the beginning. I’m looking forward to the future innovations made possible as more organizations continue to recognize they no longer must choose between public cloud and traditional IT but can get the best of both with HPE GreenLake. 


1 Gartner press release, Nov. 2021: Gartner Says Cloud Will Be the Centerpiece of New Digital Experiences

2 Gartner article, What Edge Computing Means for Infrastructure and Operations Leaders

3 See, for example, this CIO.com article: We’re seeing a wave of workload repatriation. Here’s why

4 Sources: Bain & Company survey and HPE estimates. 2021 and 2022.


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