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On the first of this month, there was news about Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) possibly acquiring hyperconverged specialist Nutanix (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:NTNX) whose stock had already benefited from a 24% upside in October (orange chart below) after analysts sensed a possible takeover interest from a number of contenders also included International Business Machines (IBM), Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), and private equity.

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My objective with this thesis is to show why it is HPE that should benefit the most from such an acquisition, while at the same time, I will elaborate on how Nutanix is profiting from the uncertainty surrounding VMWare (VMW).

HPE and the other Contenders

First, for those new to HPE, it operates across five segments as pictured below with compute (including the server business) which contributed to the bulk of revenues in the fourth quarter (Q4) for fiscal 2022 which ended on October 31.

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Its annual revenues have been progressing, rather erratically over the last years, but Q4's sales of $7.87 billion constituted a record with the company issuing a strong forecast for FY 2023. However, Compute is a lower-margin business explains the company's lower profitability compared to the likes of IBM and Cisco as shown in the table below. Now, while these three companies differ in industry, the difference between their gross margins remains significant.

Exploring further, one of the reasons for this difference in profitability is the degree to which these companies have re-engineered their technologies to contain a higher dose of software as part of the product mix. As I explained in a previous thesis, for the last three years, Cisco has been increasingly focusing on software-based networks as exemplified by its SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network). As for IBM, with its Red Hat acquisition in 2019, it has virtualization software that enables IT Admins, to build systems compatible with the cloud.

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As for HPE, it has surely innovated with its Greenlake offering which allows customers to invest less Capex in hardware and instead consume infrastructure in an as-a-service fashion. For this purpose, the company has had to forge partnership agreements with both Nutanix and VMWare, and its Greenlake offering is gaining traction with ARR or annual recurring revenue increased by 25% in Q4

The Rationale of Nutanix as an Acquisition Target

Focusing on the HPE-Nutanix partnership, it enables customers to purchase hardware and cloud-native stuff together with hyper-converged infrastructure simultaneously.

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HPE Greenlake with Nutanix (www.nutanix.com)

Looking deeper into hyper-convergence, this is the combination of computing, storage, and networking together in an all-in-one infrastructure called HCI or hyperconverged infrastructure. Now, Nutanix has gained popularity with its HCI software which makes the task of IT administration in an enterprise less complex, namely by consolidating discreet components in an integrated way.

Looking at the financial aspect, with its HCI software, Nutanix enjoys a gross margin of above 80% as seen in the table below. Thus, in case it merges with HPE, the latter's profitability can Improve significantly, to be more at par with IBM and Cisco.

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There are other nice things about HCI, but as seen by Nutanix's negative EBIT margins above, it is currently operating at a loss.

Therefore, an acquisition by a larger company also makes sense for the company to grow profitably as part of a merged entity. I have covered the company before and its management certainly prioritizes "profitable growth". Thus, the operating loss has seen a downtrend over the last five years, with the company also delivering first-time positive non-GAAP operating profits in its first quarter (Q1) for fiscal FY2023 which ended in October.

However, given an economic environment that is characterized by high wage inflation, it may not be possible for the company to further optimize costs in 2023, and heightened recession risks also diminish the company's ability to increase product pricing, out of fear that clients may switch to the competition.

Investigating the reason for the operating loss, the SG&A (sales, general and administrative) expenses as a percentage of revenues in Q1 was 65%, signifying that the company is incurring relatively high marketing costs, a consequence of competition.

Nutanix Competes with VMWare and SimpliVity

Looking deeper into the competition, in addition to Nutanix, VMWare is also a leader in HCI software in Gartner's magic quadrant dated November 2021 as pictured below.

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Moreover, with Broadcom's (NASDAQ:AVGO) acquisition of VMWare to become part of its infrastructure software division, there is some uncertainty about the way its technology will evolve. In respect, just like Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) was adversely impacted by the VMware per-CPU pricing model in 2020, any change in this respect can have an impact on HPE's margins. Furthermore, in case Cisco or private equity acquires Nutanix, HPE could again be faced with further uncertainty as to a partner, all depending on the objectives of the merged entity.

Looking at the potential contenders, with its $34 billion acquisition of virtualization and HCI play Red Hat in 2019, there is less probability of IBM going for Nutanix. As for Cisco, in addition to shifting toward software-centric solutions for networking, it also manufactures the UCS range of servers. In this respect, it acquired HCI developer Springpath for $320 million in 2017 and has a partnership with Nutanix for delivering the latter's enterprise Cloud OS software on its server platforms.

This implies that Cisco should also be interested, but, being primarily a networking and security play, the company is more focused on maintaining its market share in switching, firewalls, routing, and optical as well as bringing more resiliency and flexibility in its supply chain.

Instead, acquiring Nutanix will be a logical step for HPE, not only to obtain full control of its HCI value chain for its Greenlake product offering but also advances its strategy in the fast-growing and high-margin hyperconverged market. Looking further, this move towards software-driven higher margins originates in HPE's acquisition of SimpliVity in 2017 for $650 million in order to design complete, built-for-enterprise HCI offerings for customers.

Furthermore, HPE's gross margins have indeed improved by around 4% from 2018 to 2021, partly due to Simplivity. Now, just imagine how much profits can Improve by acquiring Nutanix which is valued at about 12 times more.

Valuing HPE and Nutanix for a Potential Merger

First, based on the $61 billion Broadcom spent on VMWare which translates into approximately 4.6x VMWare's FY2021 sales, Nutanix with revenues of $1.9 billion for its last fiscal year could fetch around $8.74 billion (1.9 x 4.6). In order to finance such a deal, HPE has cash of $4.16 billion but debt totaling $12.46 billion. However, with a debt-to-capital ratio of only 24.26%, it has the capacity to borrow.

Second, looking at the growth prospects, I assume a potential merged HPE-Nutanix entity to impact HPE fiscal year 2024. This would boost HPE's revenue growth from analysts' forecast of 1.49% to 8.47% pictured in the table below as the $29.5 billion forecast gets added to Nutanix's $2.06 billion. Conversely, the price-to-sales multiple should be down to 0.65x from the initial figure of 0.7x. This translates into a target of $17.3 ((31.56/29.5)*16.3)) based on the share price of $16.3.

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This estimate does not consider margin gains, which should be significant given Nutanix's gross profits.

As for Nutanix, currently priced at around $30, the stock, while having resisted the volatility impacting the broader technology sector better since the beginning of 2022, is still below its pre-Covid high of $37 by more than 23% as shown by the chart below.

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One of the reasons for its recent outperforming of both the broader market and the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) is that it is profiting from the uncertainty created by the Broadcom-VMWare deal among MSPs (managed service providers) which sell and support technology in different parts of the world.

Thus, both the uncertainty factor and acquisition-related momentum could propel the stock back to the $37 level. For this matter, analysts have a buy rating with a $31-$32 target on the stock, but, they also add that interest from a strategic buyer could skew the price higher. Now, HPE is indeed a strategic buyer.

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Therefore, when considering a strategic buyout, it is HPE that should benefit the most from revenue synergies as it essentially buys out one of Simplivity's competitors, in addition to better positioning it's Greenlake infrastructure-as-a-service offering. This should also be both revenue and earnings accretive acquisition, but, I have a hold position as tech should be grappled by more volatility with a stronger-than-expected U.S. economy implying that the Fed may have to raise interest rates for longer.

Nutanix

On the other hand, I am bullish for Nutanix with a $37 buy rating as the company is approached by more VMware customers concerned about their data center infrastructure solutions for support, and costing. As a result, the company is getting more business and ended its fiscal 2022 results with a record level of backlog. Also, ACV billings in Q1 were significantly above guidance and represented a year-over-year growth of 27%. Thus, while not being completely immune to economic slowdown risks, its HCI enables hybrid data centers to benefit from a cloud-like scale together with the associated economics, without having to sacrifice factors like resiliency and performance.

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Killexams : Nutanix buyout may be on the cards with HPE sniffing around © Provided by The Register

A GreenLake future could reportedly be more cloudy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) may have hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Nutanix on its wishlist this holiday season as the OEM reportedly weighs an acquisition bid.…

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg this week reported that HPE has been in talks on and off over the past few months to acquire the converged virtualization and storage vendor. Rumors of a takeover have been circulating around Wall Street since October when it was first reported that the company was exploring a sale.

However, since its market cap fell to $3.1 billion this summer – a development that likely spurred initial interest in an acquisition – Nutanix's financials have improved steadily. In fiscal year 2022 the company's net losses totaled $798 million.

As of its Q1 2023, Nutanix appears to have gotten the bleeding under control, managing to curb its losses and pushing the company's market cap to $6.24 billion in the process. If Nutanix can keep up this trend, the company very well could post a profit before the new year is out.

So what could HPE possibly want with Nutanix? One potential destination for the company's virtualization and storage stack could be HPE's GreenLake everything-as-a-service (XaaS) platform.

As our sister site The Next Platform recently postulated, the only companies willing to drop the kind of cash necessary to buy Nutanix would likely be one of the major cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, or Google – which could use the company's software stack as a "quick and dirty" way to sell customers on hybrid cloud.

However, the same qualities that would make Nutanix's virtualization and storage suite attractive to cloud providers would also fit nicely into HPE's GreenLake software strategy.

Introduced in 2018, GreenLake was HPE's bid to bring cloud-style consumption-based pricing to on-prem datacenters. In 2019, HPE announced plans to bring its full portfolio under the GreenLake umbrella.

But unlike rival XaaS vendors, like Lenovo TruScale, HPE has leaned heavily on software to sell its GreenLake vision – developing a cloud-esque control plane of its own.

And over the past few years the company has regularly rolled out additional functionality – like Kubernetes, block storage, and operations management – to make buying GreenLake feel less like leasing hardware and more like a private cloud.

Despite these efforts, HPE has struggled to sell its more than 80,000 global partners on the model. Late last year, the company admitted that just 900 of its global partners had agreed to resell the platform.

As such, HPE may see Nutanix as a way to attract more customers to its XaaS platform.

Such a strategy would stand in stark contrast to that of rival Dell. Rather than integrating VMware's virtualization stack into its own Apex XaaS service, Dell spun off the virtualization giant late last year. Meanwhile, Lenovo has gone out of its way to avoid the issue of software wherever possible, preferring to partner with software vendors rather than buy or build its own private and/or hybrid cloud stack. ®

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Killexams : HPE in discussions to acquire Nutanix – report No result found, try new keyword!The Wall Street Journal reported similar rumors in October. Founded in 2009, California-based Nutanix offers cloud and virtualized infrastructure and storage solutions. The company went public in 2016 ... Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:42:00 -0600 en-US text/html https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/hpe-in-discussions-to-acquire-nutanix-report/ Killexams : Pure Storage and Nutanix post solid earnings results

Data center infrastructure suppliers Pure Storage Inc. and Nutanix Inc. both sprung a surprise on Wall Street today, posting earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ expectations. However, the results failed to excite investors all that much, as both companies’ shares stayed more or less flat after-hours.

Pure Storage revenue grows 20%

Pure Storage has put together a string of impressive quarters over the past couple of years, and once again it managed to ease fears that the faltering economy might harm its prospects. The company reported a net loss of $787,000 for the third quarter, with earnings before certain costs such as stock compensation coming to 31 cents per share. Revenue came to $676.1 million, up 20% from a year earlier.

Both numbers beat Wall Street’s forecasts, with analysts targeting adjusted earnings of 26 cents per share on revenue of $671.8 million.

Pure Storage Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Giancarlo (pictured, above) said a growing number of customers across the world are relying on his company to satisfy their mission-critical storage and management needs. “With the power of our unique Flash-optimized technology and differentiated business model, we look forward to managing increasingly more of their data storage requirements,” he said.

Pure Storage delivered some impressive numbers across the board, with its subscription services revenue rising 30%, to $244.8 million. Annual recurring revenue from subscription services also rose by 30% to exceed $1 billion for the first time.

In addition, the company reported remaining performance obligations of $1.6 billion, up 26% from a year earlier. RPO represents future obligations arising from contracts with customers, or the amount of cash the company is owed that has not yet been invoiced.

Altogether, Pure Storage ended the quarter with total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of just over $1.5 billion.

Analyst Steve McDowell of Moor Insights & Strategy told SiliconANGLE that while every major storage provider delivered revenue growth in the most recent quarter, Pure Storage once again outperformed the market, growing at almost twice the rate of its nearest competitor. He said the company’s success is due to three factors: a healthy market overall, a richer mix of products and strong financial discipline.

“Pure is profiting from smart product bets it’s placed over recent years,” McDowell explained. “Pure has one of the most modern all-flash portfolios in the industry and customers are responding to that. Its new high-end FlashArray XL is beating expectations, while its entry-level QLC-based products continue to sell very well.”

In addition, Pure Storage’s bet on Portworx, a data management platform for Kubernetes-based applications, is also paying off handsomely for the company, McDowell said. The company’s subscription revenue, which includes Portworx, now accounts for almost 30% of its overall business.

“I expect Pure will continue to do well, at least in the near- to mid-term,” the analyst continued. “Flash prices are way down across the industry, but I anticipate that Pure will take advantage of the glut in NAND flash to leverage its position as one of the only QLC-based flash vendors. I also believe it will further expand its market into traditional hard-disk near-line storage. Its competitors really can’t follow them there.”

Looking to the fourth quarter, Pure Storage is eyeing revenue of $810 million, just below Wall Street’s forecast of $813.3 million. For the full year, it’s forecasting total revenue of $2.75 billion, which is in line with the analyst’s consensus estimate.

Strong subscription growth boosts Nutanix

Nutanix delivered impressive results too, with first-quarter earnings before certain costs coming to three cents per share, well ahead of Wall Street’s forecast of a 12-cent loss. Revenue for the period rose 15%, to $433.6 million, comfortably ahead of the $413.1 million consensus estimate. All told, Nutanix posted a net loss of $99.1 million, which was a big improvement on the $419.9 million loss it delivered one year earlier.

While Pure Storage is laser-focused on storage arrays, Nutanix sells a software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure or HCI stack that integrates compute, storage and networking components into a single appliance or cloud service.

Although it still sells physical gear, Nutanix has attempted to shift away from its hardware roots, putting more focus on its “hyperconvergence” software that can run on third-party servers and systems. At the same time, the company has been urging customers to adopt its new subscription model.

Nutanix President and CEO Rajiv Ramaswami (pictured, adjacent) said the company’s solid performance, amid an uncertain macro backdrop, reflects the value that customers see in the Nutanix Cloud Platform and its subscription-based business model. “We also made important progress towards realizing our hybrid multicloud vision with the general availability of Nutanix Cloud Clusters (NC2) on Microsoft Azure and enhancements to our platform to accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes at scale in the enterprise,” he said.

Like Pure Storage, Nutanix reeled off a list of impressive numbers, saying its annual contract value billings rose 27%, to $231.9 million. It also reported ARR of $1.28 billion, up 34% from a year ago. It ended the quarter with free cash flow of $45.8 million.

McDowell said Nutanix caught everyone by surprise with its top-line and bottom-line earnings beat and that there are several reasons why. “Nutanix is selling one of the industry’s best stacks for managing hybrid cloud infrastructure, and its products are resonating well with enterprise IT,” McDowell explained. “It’s also placing strong bets on the public cloud. While on-premises IT spending is down, cloud spending continues to grow and that’s good news for Nutanix.”

Nutanix is also doing very well on the customer acquisition front and landed some important deals that contributed to its success in the quarter. Its new customers included a major federal agency and a large colocation provider. “It’s these kinds of deals that can help take a good quarter and transform it into a great quarter, and that’s what happened here with Nutanix,” McDowell said.

Finally, the analyst said, Nutanix is no doubt benefiting from the ongoing uncertainty around the impact of Broadcom Inc.’s pending acquisition of VMware Inc. The latter company is a major rival to Nutanix, and McDowell said that a lot of customers are skittish about continuing their investments in it. This plays into Nutanix’s hands, McDowell said, because it’s offerings are the natural alternative to VMware’s for many customers.

“Beyond growing its revenue, Nutanix is managing its bottom-line very well,” McDowell added. “This is an organization that’s demonstrating good fiscal control. That’s exactly what’s needed in a market where IT spending overall is shaky.”

Nutanix offered a strong forecast too. For the current quarter ending in January, the company expects to deliver revenue of between $460 million and $470 million, well ahead of Wall Street’s target of $450.7 million. For fiscal 2023 as a whole, Nutanix said it expects revenue of between $1.77 billion and $1.78 billion, which is in line with Wall Street’s consensus estimate of $1.78 billion.

In the after-hours trading session, Pure Storage’s stock chalked up a 2% gain, while Nutanix’s shares dipped by less than a percentage point.

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It’s tough in the current economic climate to hire and retain engineers focused on system admin, DevOps and network architecture. In a recent Gartner survey, IT executives cited talent shortages as the top barrier to adopting emerging technologies. Unfortunately for execs, at the same time recruiting is posing a major challenge, IT infrastructure is becoming more costly to maintain. Business monitoring company Anodot reports that nearly half of corporations are finding it difficult to get cloud costs alone under control.

Aiming to overcome some of the blockers to success in IT, Lucas Roh co-founded MetalSoft, a startup that provides “bare metal” automation software for managing on-premises data centers and multi-vendor equipment. MetalSoft allows companies to automate the orchestration of hardware, including switches, servers and storage, making them available to users that can be consumed on-demand.

MetalSoft spun out from Hostway, a cloud hosting provider headquartered in Chicago. Hostway developed software to power cloud service provider hardware, which went into production in 2014. In 2019, the software spun out as a separate company — MetalSoft — with the goal of broadening its capabilities to service additional service providers and enterprises.

“We provide a turnkey solution to service providers to offer … cloud services,” Roh told TechCrunch in an email interview. “We’re differentiated from others in that we automate and manage the full stack [of infrastructure], including switches, servers, storage and networking as well as cloud enablement.”

So how does that solve the talent shortage and cost overruns in tech? Well, Roh — who previously helped to launched cloud provider Bigstep and the aforementioned Hostway — asserts that MetalSoft’s software can eliminate many of the problems associated with hardware silos, reducing the complexity of managing them to the point where non-technical consumers can build their own infrastructure. By allowing customers to pull workloads back from the cloud and run them in-house if they so wish, MetalSoft can bring down IT costs while offering a higher level of control, including security posture, Roh argues.

For instance, MetalSoft can automatically deploy and configure operating systems and firmware upgrades while discovering running hardware on a network. It also can auto-configure storage volumes and storage-related system network settings, generating a visual blueprint that captures a company’s infrastructure, including servers, storage and networking.

Roh says that MetalSoft’s targeting both enterprises that have their own equipment (for example, in a data center or co-location facility) as well as cloud service providers that want to offer “bare metal as a service” or “private cloud as a service” products to their customers (think a provider deploying infrastructure to a client’s on-premises server room). It’s early days — MetalSoft landed its first customers last year, and the company isn’t talking revenue or operating cash flow at the moment — but Roh claims that MetalSoft’s solution is beginning to gain traction in the marketplace.

“We have some major enterprise customers with hundreds of thousands of devices that we are not revealing but include a major telco and major data center and cloud service providers, and have a strong partnership with major OEM,” Roh said. “In the past couple of years, we’ve especially focused on adding many enterprise features and support for more hardware vendors.”

While MetalSoft competes with heavyweights like Cisco and OpenStack, it’s likely to benefit from the recent uptick in investment in on-premises infrastructure. During the past year, 30% of organizations moved workloads or data from the public cloud back to a private cloud or on-premises or colocation facility, according to a report from the Uptime Institute. Their primary reasons were cost, regulatory compliance, performance issues and perceived concerns over security, the report said.

“We help reduce the cost of IT and we have become even more important in a more stringent spending environment … Our software can help reduce the technical labor requirements while significantly reducing cost while delivering the full functionality to their end-users.” Roh said. “After the spinout [from Hostway], we continue improving our product, especially in terms of the enterprise features that customers need.”

MetalSoft, which has around 40 employees, has raised $17 million in venture capital to date; $16 million came from its Series A that closed this week, led by DNS Capital. Roh says that the proceeds will be put toward growing MetalSoft’s sales and marketing functions and product development.

“We have done quite a bit of work on AI and machine learning that’s not yet part of our software stack,” Roh added. “We are currently working to incorporate AI and machine learning to intelligently manage and monitor bare metal hardware. We’ll be excited to introduce that product the second half of next year.”

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Killexams : Nutanix to Present at Upcoming Investor Conference

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 01, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced that its management will present at the following upcoming financial community event:

  • Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference
    Wednesday, December 7, 2022
    1:20 p.m. PST; 4:20 p.m. EST

A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be accessible on the Nutanix Investor Relations website at ir.nutanix.com.

About Nutanix

Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making clouds invisible, freeing customers to focus on their business outcomes. Organizations around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location for their hybrid multicloud environments. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on social media @nutanix.

© 2022 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Nutanix logo, and all Nutanix product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). This press release contains links to external websites that are not part of Nutanix.com. Nutanix does not control these sites and disclaims all responsibility for the content or accuracy of any external site. Our decision to link to an external site should not be considered an endorsement of any content on such a site.

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Killexams : Gartner: Top trends to know for infrastructure and operations in 2023

Two networking technologies – secure access service edge (SASE) and wireless— lead a  list of six core trends that will impact enterprise infrastructure and operations activity in 2023, according to new research revealed by Gartner analysts at its IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference this week.

Implementing SASE, a term coined by Gartner, has been ongoing but is expected to grow substantially in the next year. Gartner forecasts that worldwide SASE spending will hit $9.2 billion in 2023, a 39% increase from 2022.

“The networking issues around SASE and wireless technologies show the growing changes infrastructure and operations teams have to incorporate in their planning now,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.

“Hybrid work and the relentless shift to cloud computing has accelerated SASE adoption,” said Hewitt. “SASE allows users to connect to applications in a secure fashion and improves the efficiency of management. I&O teams implementing SASE should prioritize single-vendor solutions and an integrated approach.”

Single-vendor SASE means the provider owns and delivers all the essential SASE components—software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), network firewalling, and zero trust network access (ZTNA)—using a cloud-centric architecture, according to Gartner, which created the term SASE. The service is meant to address shortcomings of legacy methods of securing access to enterprise resources.

“The adoption of cloud and edge computing and work-from-anywhere initiatives has radically shifted access requirements,” Gartner wrote in a recent report. “For most organizations, there are now more users, devices, applications, services, and data located outside of an enterprise than inside. Attempts to use traditional perimeter-based approaches to securing anywhere, anytime access have resulted in a patchwork of vendors, policies, consoles and complex traffic routing, creating complexity for security administrators and users.”

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Killexams : Report: HPE has expressed interest in acquiring Nutanix

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. has expressed interest in acquiring Nutanix Inc., Bloomberg reported today.

Shares of Nutanix, which makes software for managing information technology infrastructure, jumped more than 8% on the news. 

HPE’s acquisition talks with Nutanix have reportedly been “on and off.” Additionally, today’s report stated that it’s unclear whether HPE and Nutanix will succeed in agreeing upon an acquisition price.

Nutanix has a market capitalization of more than $7 billion, which suggests that any potential acquisition would carry a significant price tag. And Dave Vellante, chief analyst at SiliconANGLE sister market research firm Wikibon, said that “if HPE is going to drop $7 billion-plus there might be some other considerations in terms of where to invest.”

According to today’s report, Nutanix may eventually decide against a sale and instead opt to continue operating as an independent company. Alternatively, it’s believed that Nutanix may seek a bid from another potential buyer besides HPE.

The development comes less than two months after reports first emerged that Nutanix is considering a sale. At the time, it was reported that a sale to a private equity firm may also be on the table. 

San Jose, California-based Nutanix sells software products that organizations use to manage their IT infrastructure. The company’s software can run on both cloud and on-premises infrastructure. In on-premises environments, Nutanix software is commonly installed on hyperconverged appliances, which package compute, storage and network equipment into a single chassis to ease maintenance.

Besides the infrastructure management market, Nutanix also competes in a number of adjacent markets. It provides a database management service called Era and offers multiple cybersecurity features. Additionally, Nutanix sells a Kubernetes distribution that includes automation tools and other capabilities not included in the open-source version. 

Acquiring Nutanix could enable HPE to expand the software capabilities of its GreenLake platform. GreenLake, HPE’s flagship offering, enables customers to purchase on-premises data center infrastructure from the company on a pay-as-you-go basis. HPE also installs and manages the infrastructure on customers’ behalf.

HPE’s revenue grew 7% year-over-year, to $7.9 billion, last quarter. The company easily topped analysts’ consensus sales estimate of $7.4 billion. HPE’s Intelligent Edge revenue segment, which includes a part of the revenue it generates from the GreenLake platform, increased sales by 18% year-over-year. 

Nutanix also topped analyst expectations during its most recent quarter. The company significantly narrowed its net loss to $99.1 million from $419.9 million a year earlier and grew revenues by 15%, to $433.6 million, during the same time frame. Nutanix added 530 new customers in the quarter. 

In 2019, HPE partnered with Nutanix to make core components of the latter company’s software portfolio available through its GreenLake infrastructure platform. Last year, the companies expanded the partnership to include Nutanix’s Era database management software. HPE combined Era with its popular ProLiant series of servers and made the bundle available as a service for GreenLake customers. 

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