APRIL 9, 2019 • BLOG POST • PHIL DAVIS, PRESIDENT OF HYBRID IT & CHIEF SALES OFFICER
HPE partners with Google Cloud and Nutanix to provide customers greater choice and agility
Organizations everywhere are on a hybrid cloud expedition. One that can be complex but one that we, at HPE, aim to simplify no matter which path our customers choose.
In recent years, we’ve taken many steps to accelerate customers’ hybrid cloud journeys. We’ve simplified our own organizational structure, creating a Hybrid IT business group that is integrated and easier for customers to navigate – because all infrastructure, software, and services capabilities are under one roof.
Plus, we have made extensive additions to our suite of products and services in order to give customers the choice and flexibility they crave for a consistent and optimal experience across public and private clouds. One of those is HPE SimpliVity, a key component of our Composable Cloud portfolio which enables customers to streamline IT operations with a fast, uncomplicated and efficient hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform – and at a fraction of the cost.
And today, we’re further expanding our commitment to deliver the options and the experiences our customers desire for hybrid cloud by strategically aligning with two powerful industry players. Each is designed to extend our fast-growing and ever-evolving HPE GreenLake ecosystem.
To extend the HPE Composable Cloud portfolio, HPE and Google Cloud have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver hybrid cloud solutions that accelerate innovation and expand choice and agility for customers. The partnership will provide customers with a consistent experience across public cloud and on premises environments.
As an initial part of this strategic agreement, HPE will offer two validated designs for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) based on HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged offering and HPE Nimble Storage with HPE ProLiant offering. In addition, HPE will offer these solutions as a service through HPE GreenLake, HPE’s fully managed consumption offering. Customers that choose this offering can run applications as a Service in the Google Kubernetes Engine environment on premises and benefit from the same container-based design across their hybrid cloud.
In addition to that, we are partnering with Nutanix to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as-a-service solution. The offer -- which leverages Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS delivered through the HPE GreenLake as-a-service solution – will provide customers with a fully HPE-managed hybrid cloud.
As part of the agreement, Nutanix is also expanding platform choice to its customers and will enable its channel partners to directly sell HPE ProLiant DX and HPE Apollo DX servers combined with Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software, so that customers can purchase an integrated, turnkey appliance with built-in intelligence and security.
We believe our offering with Nutanix is an attractive choice that will reduce cost and complexity by offering a fully managed hybrid cloud infrastructure delivered as-a-service, to be deployed in customer data centers or in a customer’s co-location facility.
With tools like these, customers have the wherewithal to build hybrid and private clouds and transform their existing applications. They can provision workloads of all types, across virtualization, containers and bare metal, in minutes. And as a result, they will spend less time managing infrastructure and more time creating value-added services at a fraction of past operational costs.
Some might ask why we are pursuing such unique and collaborative offerings with other providers. But to me, the reason is obvious: For certain customers, in certain situations, we can offer stronger composable solutions, together. It’s all about delivering what the customer wants and needs, and we don’t mind sharing – while still continuing to compete vigorously across our entire portfolio of solutions.
The transformation to hybrid cloud can be difficult and confusing. With bold, customer-centric, and simplified initiatives – such as today’s two groundbreaking announcements with Google and Nutanix – HPE further strengthens our position as the strategic hybrid cloud transformation partner for any enterprise.
And in doing so, the pathway to hybrid cloud just became a lot easier to travel.