It is a long time ago there was so much fuzz on (social) media around partnerships and acquisitions done by HPE like this one… So if you were living under a rock this week, you probably missed the announcement HPE released this week on its new partnerships with Nutanix and Google…

Definitely the partnership with Nutanix was heavily discussed, seen the positioning in the HCI market of HPE with its own Simplivity portfolio… Yes I was surprised myself as well…

However! When reading this announcement more in detail showed the details of how HPE and Nutanix will work together in the future… And there is no worry for the Simplivity solution whatsoever… It is all about positioning HPE and Nutanix even stronger together in the HCI market.

Greenlake

Greenlake you say ? HPE GreenLake is a suite of consumption-based solutions available for most workloads – such as big data, backup, open database, SAP HANA, and Edge computing – which deliver IT outcomes in a pay-per-use model out of your own on-premise environment. Each solution comes with advisory and professional services options to further help you with solution design and integration into your environment. This all is delivered by HPE PointNext, the services department from HPE.

Nutanix Hybrid Cloud

And so it is in this HPE Greenlake offering that the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software platform will be delivered in a as-a-service model.

So the message here is : if a customer wants a cloud experience (let me be clear, the cloud is an experience of how you consume your IT services, not more not less) running HPE hardware with the management experience of the Nutanix software platform with their AHV hypervisor, and they want it in a as-a-service model, you go for the HPE Greenlake solution…

From the other side, current Nutanix customers will have the possibility now to select the HPE Proliant and Apollo servers as validated hardware platform to run the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software stack.
Talking about a win-win solution.

Conclusion

At the end, this partnership will give more flexibility to both HPE and Nutanix customers in their choice of selecting their preferred hardware and software platform to run their applications. It’s all about customers choice…

The HPE side of the story is clear. You have to go Greenlake with an as-a-service model, it is not that you can buy  a Proliant DL380 server with Nutanix on it from HPE, wont be possible after this announcement… It is just one more option besides the various other hyperconverged and composable solutions from HPE available yet. Not more not less…

If you are looking for an hyperconverged solution where you want to have full control starting from buying, installing and managing the solution, you still want  to go for SimpliVity anyway… Not convinced yet? Contact me, after a demo you will be…

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