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HPE & Nutanix join forces to deliver hybrid cloud as a service

10 Apr 2019

Tech giants Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Nutanix have sealed a global partnership to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service offering to the market.

According to the duo, the new solution will leverage Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software including its built-in, free AHV hypervisor, delivered through HPE GreenLake that will provide customers with a fully HPE-managed hybrid cloud that dramatically lowers total cost of ownership and accelerates time to value.

Furthermore, Nutanix will enable its channel partners to directly sell HPE servers combined with Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software so that customers can purchase a fully integrated appliance shipping directly from HPE factories.

According to HPE and Nutanix, today’s businesses are under unrelenting pressure to innovate and accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Despite this, current legacy approaches to hybrid IT brings many challenges that include complex systems that require large IT operations staff, increasing software licensing and operating costs, and concerns over vendor lock-in.

It’s these challenges that the companies are looking to address, with an ‘attractive alternative’ purported to reduce cost and complexity in providing fully managed hybrid cloud infrastructure delivered as a Service and deployed in customers’ data centres or co-location facilities.

“HPE created the modern on-premises, as a service consumption market with HPE GreenLake. Hundreds of global customers now leverage HPE GreenLake to get the benefits of a cloud experience combined with the security, governance, and application performance of an on-premises environment, while paying for the service based on actual consumption,” says HPE president and CEO Antonio Neri.

“Today, HPE is expanding its leadership in this market by providing additional choice to customers seeking a hybrid cloud alternative that promises greater agility at lower costs.”

Nutanix founder, CEO and chairman Dheeraj Pandey says the combination of HPE GreenLake and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software is ideal for customers who want to use Nutanix, including its AHV hypervisor technology, to support a range of use cases.

These include mission-critical workloads and big data applications; virtualised tier-1 workloads such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft; as well as support for virtualised big data applications, such as Splunk and Hadoop.

“Our customers tell us that it’s their applications that matter most. Our partnership with HPE will provide Nutanix customers with another choice to make their infrastructure invisible so they can focus on business-critical apps, not the underlying technology,” says Pandey.

“We are delighted to partner with HPE for the benefit of enterprises looking for the right hybrid cloud solution for their business.”

Pandey says the specific benefits of this major new partnership are a reduction in the cost of operations, capital expenditure and support and professional services costs; productivity and acceleration of time to value; and choice and simplicity.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software on HPE GreenLake and the integrated appliance utilising Nutanix software on HPE servers are expected to be available in Calendar Q3 2019.