According to HPE, GreenLake is a suite of curated solutions that deliver IT outcomes –such as big data management and backup – with hardware, software and expertise on premises. Users, or technology decision makers, pay for the service as a “single-pay-per-usage” metric relevant to users’ and their business’s needs. The solution is intended to “accelerate time to value, align IT economics with business priorities, simplify IT operations, and gain better control.”
One key goal HPE has, The Register reports, is “to ride the shift from capex to opex that’s taking place as businesses look to consume more IT services cloud-style instead of owning and operating IT gear outright.” As a result, the company is planning on widening the set of partner companies in each of the GreenLake applications, including:
- GreenLake Big Data – Hadoop datalake, pre-integrated and tested on HPE technology and HortonWorks or Cloudera software
- GreenLake Backup – on-premises backup capacity using Commvault software pre-integrated on HPE kit with HPE metering technology and management services
- GreenLake Database – EDB Postgres delivered on-premises and built on open source PostgreSQL technology
- GreenLake for SAP HANA – on-premises appliance operated by HPE with SAP-certified hardware, operating system, and services
- GreenLake Edge Compute – scalable IoT tech and services at the edge
What this means for decision makers:
For decision makers interested in this type of hybrid-IT model, the benefits are clear: you’re able to get a private cloud-as-a-service experience that is scalable and secure, have the solution customized and made flexible to your meet your needs, and only pay for the services and pieces that you actually use. Plus, HPE provides experts through HPE Pointnext, who can help businesses implement, operate and support whichever solution they are utilizing, which takes pressure off of in-house IT staff.
The Register also says that HPE claims the cost of its GreenLake solution is comparable to the public cloud; however, the publication notes that no data have been released yet to support this claim. It seems HPE, which acquired Cloud Cruiser earlier this year, is using Cloud Cruiser’s capabilities for metering and billing hybrid cloud usage. As a result, decision makers should keep this in mind before diving full force into the solution.