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HPE takes aim at Nutanix

Vendor unveils a 'lower cost,' more capable hyper-converged platform

HPE is the fastest-growing hyper-converged player in the market.
HPE is the fastest-growing hyper-converged player in the market.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has said its hyper-converged offering has more capability, scalability and availability at a 25 to 30% lower cost than market leader Nutanix.

HPE's latest software release provides a lot of capability, better node support, better capability from a redundancy and high availability perspective, all at about a 25 to 30% lower cost [than Nutanix]," said Chuck Smith, vice president and general manager of HPE's data centre and hybrid cloud group.

HPE got into the hyper-converged market later than it would have liked from a platform perspective, Smith said HPE is the fastest-growing hyper-converged player in the market and has better capability, lower cost, better scalability and better availability from a platform perspective. "All with the same ease of use which is kind of the customer experience that Nutanix was focusing on," he added. "And we are going to continue to invest here."

Nutanix has also enjoyed stratospheric growth, with sales climbing from $127.1m two years ago to $241.4m last year to $444.9m in its most recent fiscal year, which ended July 31.

Nutanix had nearly 3,800 end-user customers of its hyper-converged infrastructure system as of July 31, including 310 global 2000 enterprises. And the company raised a higher-than-expected $238m in an initial public offering (IPO) in September 2016.

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