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HPE GreenLake Helps Move Away From On-Premises Infrastructures Without Going To Cloud

HPE | February 01, 2021

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's GreenLake is key for clients who are hoping to move away from dealing with their on-premises infrastructures however may not be all set all in on the cloud.

That is the word from Paul Poynter, provider administrator for HPE GreenLake at Arrow, who Wednesday told solution suppliers during CRN parent The Channel Company's Best of Breed virtual conference that the traditional model for building data center infrastructures—which includes buying process, stockpiling, and other hardware-dependent on extended requirements for that gear—no longer works for some organizations.

“[Those needs] might be unknown,” Poynter said. “So to accommodate for that, they would typically overprovision and might purchase two times what they actually need. By contrast, HPE GreenLake affords customers the option to eliminate the up-front cash outlay and they only pay for what they use on-premises with metered usage. So, [it’s] similar to a cloud model, but on-premises, in their own location or in a co-location data center of their choosing.”

“That metering can be by storage, by compute, by application,” he said. “Or we can incorporate active capacity planning for cost savings and to help to eliminate overprovisioning. Inherently, it’s multi-cloud and multi-stack. You can actually utilize GreenLake to take advantage of and to monitor your existing cloud instances, which might be based around [Microsoft] Azure or AWS. The consumption-based portal gives you that complete view, and you can see what you’re spending on a monthly basis [and] what the usage is.”

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IBM | February 02, 2022

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Exasol | February 04, 2022

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