HPE, Nutanix ink deal to deliver hybrid cloud as a service

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Nutanix have signed a global partnership deal to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a service solution.

The partnership will use Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud OS software including its built-in, free AHV hypervisor, delivered through HPE GreenLake, the company's pay per use model.

The combined offering will provide an HPE-managed hybrid cloud infrastructure delivered as a service and deployed in customers' data centres or co-location facility.

As part of the agreement, Nutanix will allow its channel partners to directly sell HPE servers com-bined with Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud OS software, offering an integrated appliance.

According to the companies, organisations are under pressure to innovate and transform digitally, but are being hampered by legacy approaches to hybrid IT, complex systems that require large IT operations staff, increasing software licensing and operating costs, and concerns over vendor lock-in. As a result, businesses are losing flexibility in a world that demands choice and agility, and the partnership aims to address this.

The combination of HPE GreenLake and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software will support a range of use cases. These include mission-critical workloads and big data applications; virtualised tier-one workloads such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft; as well as support for virtualised big data applications, including Splunk and Hadoop.

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

"Our customers tell us that it's their applications that matter most. The 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 Dheeraj Pandey, founder, CEO and chairman of Nutanix.

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 the third quarter.

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