HPE adds GreenLake Hybrid Cloud to enterprise service offerings

HPE's GreenLake management and flexible-consumption service now has Azure, AWS capabilities

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James Niccolai

With its new GreenLake Hybrid Cloud offering, HPE's message to the enterprise is simple: Your cloud, your way.

HPE is adding Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services capabilities to its GreenLake pay-per-use offerings, providing a turnkey, managed service to deploy public and on-premises clouds.

The company debuted the new HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud service Tuesday at its Discover conference in Las Vegas, saying that it can manage enterprise workloads in public and private clouds using automation and remote services, eliminating the need for new skilled staff to oversee and manage cloud implementations.

"What you’re seeing is, we’re shifting the company to be very much services-led," said Ana Pinczuk, senior vice president and general manager for HPE Pointnext, which runs the GreenLake services. "We're leveraging our 'right-mix' heritage and we're moving to consumption models that provide customers with flexibility –  we call it 'their cloud, their way,' and it gives us an entrée to a relationship with a customer  that’s much more long-term."

When HPE GreenLake launched last November it offered a variety of packaged workload services including big data, backup, database with EDB Postgres, SAP HANA, and edge compute solutions, but was limited to on-premises deployments.

Since just about every large enterprise runs a hybrid cloud to some extent, the move to embrace public cloud was arguably inevitable.

"I’d say it was a position they had to take," said Rob Brothers, vice president of Data Center and Support & Deploy Services at IDC. "They know that workloads aren’t going to reside in one place so they need a strategy where if it didn’t make financial sense to use  GreenLake on premise they need to be able to help the customers with migration to the cloud side of the equation, to the public cloud sectors. So for me it’s a kind of an evolution and something they had to get into to be able to paint the whole picture."

Growing through acquisition

HPE has added expertise gained from the acquisition of two companies: London-based RedPixie,  a cloud consultancy and application developer specializing in Microsoft Azure, and Boston-based Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), a consultancy firm focused on migrations to Amazon Web Services (AWS). CTP was acquired last September and RedPixie was scooped up in April.

HPE says GreenLake Hybrid Cloud can design, implement, manage and optimize hybrid cloud environments using an automated toolset based on HPE OneSphere and the company's software-defined technology.

HPE's Pointnext IT services unit has 25,000 staff around the world. The unit is a rebranded version of HPE's old Technical Services arm, which took up the slack on consulting and services after HPE two years ago spun out its huge

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