Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has partnered with Nutanix to offer Nutanix\u2019s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software available as a managed private cloud service and on HPE-branded appliances.\nAs part of the deal, the two companies will be competing against each other in hardware sales, sort of. If you want the consumption model you get through HPE\u2019s GreenLake, where your usage is metered and you pay for only the time you use it (similar to the cloud), then you would get the ProLiant hardware from HPE.\nIf you want an appliance model where you buy the hardware outright, like in the traditional sense of server sales, you would get the same ProLiant through Nutanix.\n\nAs it is, HPE GreenLake offers multiple cloud offerings to customers, including virtualization courtesy of VMware and Microsoft. With the Nutanix partnership, HPE is adding Nutanix\u2019s free Acropolis hypervisor to its offerings.\n\u201cCustomers get to choose an alternative to VMware with this,\u201d said Pradeep Kumar, senior vice president and general manager of HPE\u2019s Pointnext consultancy. \u201cThey like the Acropolis license model, since it\u2019s license-free. Then they have choice points so pricing is competitive. Some like VMware, and I think it\u2019s our job to offer them both and they can pick and choose.\u201d\nKumar added that the whole Nutanix stack is 15 to 18% less with Acropolis than a VMware-powered system, since they save on the hypervisor.\nThe HPE-Nutanix partnership offers a fully managed hybrid cloud infrastructure delivered as a service and deployed in customers\u2019 data centers or co-location facility. The managed private cloud service gives enterprises a hyperconverged environment in-house without having to manage the infrastructure themselves and, more importantly, without the burden of ownership. GreenLake operates more like a lease than ownership.\nHPE GreenLake's private cloud services promise to significantly reduce costs\nHPE is pushing hard on GreenLake, which basically mimics cloud platform pricing models of paying for what you use rather than outright ownership. Kumar said HPE projects the consumption model will account for 30% of HPE\u2019s business in the next few years.\nGreenLake makes some hefty promises. According to Nutanix-commissioned IDC research, customers will achieve a 60% reduction in the five-year cost of operations, while a HPE-commissioned Forrester report found customers benefit from a 30% Capex savings due to eliminated need for overprovisioning and a 90% reduction in support and professional services costs.\nBy shifting to an IT as a Service model, HPE claims to provide a 40% increase in productivity by reducing the support load on IT operations staff and to shorten the time to deploy IT projects by 65%.\nThe two new offerings from the partnership \u2013 HPE GreenLake\u2019s private cloud service running Nutanix software and the HPE-branded appliances integrated with Nutanix software \u2013 are expected to be available during the 2019 third quarter, the companies said.