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HPE Goes All-In With As-a-Service, GreenLake

HPE explains why it's making the shift to an as-a-service company by 2022.

Lynn Haber

June 18, 2019

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HPE Goes All-In With As-a-Service, GreenLake

(Pictured above: HPE’s Antonio Neri on stage at HPE Discover/Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas.)

HPE DISCOVER/GLOBAL PARTNER SUMMIT — HPE not only has described GreenLake business growth as “hitting it out of the park,” but the vendor on Tuesday formally announced its shift to an as-a-service company – a multiyear transformation – with GreenLake a key part of that strategy. The vendor’s plan is to continue to expand GreenLake with a targeted focus on SMBs.

HPE project it will offer its entire portfolio through the as-a-service, pay-per-use consumption model by 2022, noting its strategy is designed to offer customers choice, and will continue to offer hardware and a software license option — a la the capex way of procuring IT. Not only does this strategy include new HPE GreenLake offerings for the midmarket, but also new services for the edge, and new and expanded partnerships with CyrusOne, Equinix and Google Cloud. In addition, HPE will continue to invest and innovate in its suite of software delivered via a subscription model, including HPE Aruba Central, BlueData, Cloud Volumes, InfoSight and OneView.

“Our vision for our company is to deliver everything we do as a service,” HPE CEO Antonio Neri told partners Monday during his Global Partner Summit keynote in Las Vegas. “We are at an inflection point in the market. Everyone recognizes that customers want technology delivered as a service, but they also want it on their terms. HPE’s unique approach to as-a-service, which empowers customers with choice, flexibility and control, is driving HPE GreenLake’s tremendous success.”

HPE has been investing in its GreenLake for about 10 years, having its roots in an earlier HPE business called Flex Capacity, a usage-based consumption model for on-premises compute. Fast-forward to 2017 with the rise and rebrand of HPE GreenLake, and soon after the HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity for partner program, announced at HPE Global Partner Summit 2018.

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HPE’s Flynn Maloy

“That was the company’s third attempt, in the 10 years prior, to get the channel involved in selling, flex capacity,” said Flynn Maloy, HPE Pointnext marketing, enterprise group at HPE, told Channel Futures.

The vendor had some co-sell with the channel but wanted to get partners to do it on their own — an effort that failed twice.

It seems that the third go at it was the charm, with HPE signing up 50 partners per month to sell GreenLake. Paul Hunter, global channel chief at HPE, says 120 GreenLake deals have closed and 400 partners have GreenLake opportunities in the pipeline.

“We will continue to invest aggressively in this opportunity, to capitalize on our market leadership, leverage our world-class channel and partner ecosystem, and deliver our entire portfolio, from edge to cloud, under the HPE GreenLake portfolio. As a result, we will reshape HPE and transform the market, with a new and better way to deliver as a service,” said Neri.

What began last year with seven prepackaged, flex capacity, pre-priced GreenLake solutions available for partners to sell to large enterprise customers, HPE said Tuesday it has five new HPE GreenLake offerings that provide midmarket customers with pre-configured as-a-service workloads for compute, database, private cloud, storage and virtualization.

“What we heard from customers was that the program was going great, large customers love it, but the offers weren’t right for the midmarket customer — they’re too expensive and too complex,” said Maloy.

Partners pushed HPE to offer smaller and lighter GreenLake options for their midmarket customers, he said.

For customers that want to leverage an external data center for their HPE GreenLake applications, the vendor has signed strategic partnerships with CyrusOne and Equinix. To facilitate partner growth, and to help them order and onboard new customers, HPE has two new …

… tools: HPE GreenLake Quick Quote and HPE GreenLake Chatbot.

  • HPE GreenLake Quick Quote is a user-guided, automated quoting tool that starts with the customer’s workload needs and delivers fast quoting and transparent pricing. Partners can easily adjust the workloads for cost or performance needs, and the tool cuts HPE GreenLake time to generate a proposal to just a few minutes, the company said.

  • HPE GreenLake Chatbot is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, automated chatbot that quickly answers partners’ HPE GreenLake inquiries, saving them time. Inquiries are routed to HPE GreenLake sales support if it the bot can’t answer a question right away.

Here are two strategic related announcements:

  • HPE is extending the HPE GreenLake portfolio to the edge, with a new network-as-a-service (NaaS) offering called HPE GreenLake for Aruba. Aruba is an HPE company. The new offering incorporates the breadth of Aruba networking offerings, including: enterprise Wi-Fi, edge switching, security, end-user analytics, end-user experience validation and other tools. HPE Greenlake for Aruba is available directly from Aruba and its global network of channel partners.

  • HPE and Google Cloud have expanded their strategic partnership to provide customers with hybrid cloud solutions. Building on the HPE Validated Designs that were announced in April, HPE and Google Cloud are unveiling a collaboration to deliver a true hybrid cloud for containers — with choice for as-a-service delivery through HPE GreenLake. In addition, HPE will offer advisory and professional services to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption.

The true hybrid cloud solution features Google Cloud’s Anthos in combination with HPE’s on-premises infrastructure, HPE Cloud Data Services and HPE GreenLake. The combined offering brings together Google Cloud’s Anthos with HPE ProLiant and HPE Nimble Storage on premises. And coming soon, HPE Cloud Volumes will provide a storage service for Google Cloud Platform and other public clouds. HPE plans to offer GreenLake for Google Cloud’s Anthos to provide the entire hybrid cloud as a service.

The HPE GreenLake offerings for the midmarket, HPE GreenLake offerings through colocation partners CyrusOne and Equinix, and HPE GreenLake for Aruba are available now.

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Lynn Haber

Content Director Lynn Haber follows channel news from partners, vendors, distributors and industry watchers. If I miss some coverage, don’t hesitate to email me and pass it along. Always up for chatting with partners. Say hi if you see me at a conference!

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