HPE's Whitman reveals hyperconverged solution coming this month


Hewlett Packard Enterprise revealed during a financials call Thursday that it aims to propel a new product this month into the hyperconverged market.

According to the call's transcript from Seeking Alpha, CEO Meg Whitman mentioned startup Nutanix specifically as a competitor HPE wants to beat on price, with Whitman claiming it can comparatively bring cost down 20 percent. The company is basing the new product on its ProLiant virtualization server.

HPE views hyperconverged infrastructures as the approaching evolution for data center architectures. Hyperconverged systems take the bundling of converged infrastructures a step further with more reliance on software-defined infrastructure controls.

Whitman further said the new product is organic and was built in-house at "record time."

"The hyper-converged market is big. It's growing fast. It's also getting pretty crowded. You've seen a lot of announcements over the last couple of months, but we very much like this product from a side-by-side comparison and features and functionality to our competitors," Whitman said.

Those competitors include Nutanix, as well as a who's who of enterprise players like Hitachi and an EMC collaboration. 

Whether or not the new offering will eat away existing HPE businesses remains to be seen, though Whitman said that's the nature of the beast. Constant refinement and tech evolution requires some level of transformation that will not necessarily grow every line of business, she said, specifically pointing to the company's converged infrastructure solutions.

"Listen, our business is cannibalistic. Right? I mean, new products come in to replace old products, but we think we can get an increased share of that data center spend," she said.

For more:
- read the transcript from Seeking Alpha

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