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What the HPE-SimpliVity Acquisition Means for You

Published: 06 March 2017

ID: G00325248

Analyst(s): Roger W. Cox, Andrew Butler, Stanley Zaffos, George J. Weiss

Summary

The acquisition of SimpliVity establishes HPE as a leader in the growing hyperconvergence market. I&O leaders need to understand the benefits and risks of the combined company as well as how best to weather the inevitable vendor volatility in the hyperconverged system market.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • I&O leaders using SimpliVity on non-HPE hardware who move to the HPE ProLiant DL380 face a transition period of 12 to 24 months
  • As SimpliVity becomes HPE's HCIS strategic offering, I&O leaders can expect HPE to subordinate HC 250 and HC 380 R&D and go-to-market investments to the HPE-SimpliVity portfolio
  • HPE software integration will create opportunities and challenges for I&O leaders desiring greater heterogeneity
  • I&O leaders could face higher average selling prices during the transition period as HPE-SimpliVity seeks greater market differentiation (e.g., with containers, multiple hypervisors, hybrid cloud and expanded scalability)

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