VMware and HPE: Driving hybrid cloud digital transformation

An advancement in the partnership between VMware and HPE will deliver a unified hybrid cloud solution to help drive organisations’ digital transformations


VMware and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced an advancement of their partnership to help organisations’ digital transformations through a fully-integrated hybrid cloud model.

In an announcement at VMware Explore Europe 2022, the companies said HPE Greenlake for VMware will provide customers with “a fully integrated and modern hybrid cloud experience”, delivering a fully-integrated solution in a pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud consumption model.

It is expected the solution will be available in the first half of 2023.

Fully integrated and modern hybrid cloud experience

Greenlake, HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform which it launched in 2017, provides its more than 120,000 users with access to more than 70 cloud services, and powers more than two million connected devices.

HPE announced in 2020 it would shift its entire portfolio of hardware and software to subscription-based and pay-per-use cloud services by 2022.

When managed correctly, a shift to hybrid cloud - a combination of public and private cloud - could bring enormous business benefits by allowing data and applications to be shared between them.

HPE GreenLake for VMware will provide customers with a fully integrated and modern hybrid cloud experience, said a joint statement by the companies. 

“Customers will benefit from a true cloud experience coupled with the benefit of purchasing only the amount of infrastructure they require through a pay-as-you-go cloud consumption model,” the statement added. “Customers will also have the flexibility to determine the best environment for operating their hybrid cloud.”

VMware Cloud will be fully integrated across the HPE GreenLake portfolio including HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise and customers will be able to deploy on-premises, in colocation facilities or at the edge, all managed by HPE GreenLake.

As joint collaboration partners within the expanding HPE GreenLake ecosystem, HPE and VMware will continue to accelerate the pace of co-innovation, such as industry-first support for VMware vSphere on DPUs.

“Today’s announcement with VMware represents the next step in the expanding partner ecosystem of HPE GreenLake, which offers a differentiated edge-to-cloud solution that resonates with customers and partners,” said Antonio Neri, President and Chief Executive Officer at HPE. “Together, HPE and VMware will give organisations greater choice and flexibility with a fully integrated hybrid cloud offering designed to accelerate innovation and data-first modernisation.”

Looking to escape from ‘cloud chaos’

Together with its ecosystem partners, VMware says it is helping organisations successfully adopt a “Cloud Smart” approach, with flexibility and choice across multiple clouds. Cloud-smart organizations have benefitted from their multi-cloud operations noting their enhanced competitiveness and top-line results. For example, according to research by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by VMware, 97% of cloud-smart organisations surveyed say their approach to multi-cloud has improved their revenue growth, and 96% say it has improved their profitability.

“Organisations are looking to evolve from a state of cloud chaos where cost and complexity reign, to a more cloud smart approach,” said Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer at VMware. “VMware Cloud is the trusted platform for enterprise workloads on private and public clouds that gives customers the flexibility and choice to become cloud smart. VMware and HPE will enable customers to combine VMware’s state-of-the-art multi-cloud software with HPE GreenLake’s cloud operating model and consumption economics to support any workload on a modern hybrid cloud.”

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