UPDATED 18:30 EST / DECEMBER 04 2023

Christophe Le Roux, HPE Discover Barcelona, 2023 AI

Microsoft and HPE unite to integrate AI into cloud solutions

Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. have partnered to combine their expertise in on-premises and public cloud to create a hybrid solution.

The partnership between HPE and Microsoft benefits organizations by saving money on power, simplifying operations and standardizing infrastructure, according to Christophe Le Roux (pictured), EMEA cloud sales lead at Microsoft. Organizations are benefiting from GreenLake for Azure by having a packaged solution with preloaded operating systems in one single box, he explained.

“It has been a journey, we’ve not suddenly brought that up and said, ‘Oh look, this is our solution.’ No, it’s years of refining and clearing the customer expectations that was HPE and Microsoft together, until we reach that GreenLake offer,” Le Roux said. “GreenLake is the ultimate solution that we have to deliver hybrid, combining Microsoft and HPE and selling everything as a service, from the hardware platform to the software to the deployments, the management, all that in one single as-a-service offer.”

Le Roux spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Rob Strechay and Rebecca Knight at the HPE Discover Barcelona event, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed the cooperation between Microsoft and HPE that aims to create a hybrid solution, which offers simplified operations, standardized infrastructure, enhanced security and artificial intelligence integration. (* Disclosure below.)

Enhancing infrastructure with AI

Microsoft and HPE are integrating AI into infrastructure, including generative AI in Teams and Azure, as well as industry AI at the edge for use in production environments, Le Roux explained.

Businesses in EMEA and the U.S. have diverse needs, with a variety of considerations in sales roles. They are either early adopters of AI or more conservative, and Microsoft and HPE are there to support both its transformation and cost-reduction efforts, according to Le Roux.

“Obsolescence is a common theme for customers,” he said. “Infrastructure is obsolete today, and it keeps on running because you cannot change the application anymore if you don’t have the developer in-house or it’s just so critical that you don’t want to touch it. Basically, you will be stuck with your Windows Server 2012 for a few years. In that case, you have to buy from Microsoft, extended security updates, which can be costly … with Azure Stack HCI, we waive that cost.”

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the HPE Discover Barcelona event:

(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the HPE Discover Barcelona event. Neither Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., the main sponsors of theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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