Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) scooped up another cloud consultancy, acquiring RedPixie for an undisclosed price.
The company will join HPE’s technology services division, PointNext, led by Ana Pinczuk. In a blog post, Pinczuk said the acquisition will boost HPE’s hybrid IT consulting capabilities. “Some workloads are best suited to the public cloud, some should live in a private cloud environment, and others need to stay in traditional on-premises infrastructure,” she wrote.
The deal follows another cloud consulting acquisition: Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), which HPE bought last year, also for an undisclosed price and also in a move to strengthen its hybrid cloud consulting business.
CTP specialized in workload migrations, with a particular focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“CTP brought to us extensive AWS experience,” said Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president and general manager for global client services at HPE Pointnext. CTP also supports Microsoft Azure, “but its Azure expertise is primarily in North America,” Sethi added. “RedPixie brings to us one of Europe’s strongest dedicated Azure SIs [systems integrators] and gives us dedicated Azure and Azure Stack capabilities in EMEA. We certainly plan to expand these capabilities to other geographies as well. It compliments CTP quite well, in bringing in top-tier Azure expertise.”
So now that HPE owns an AWS and a Microsoft Azure specialist, is a Google cloud consultant next on the list? Sethi demurred, noting that CTP also works across Google Cloud Platform. HPE is seeing strong momentum in AWS and Azure deployments and will focus future acquisition targets “based on customer demand,” he said.
The deal also complements HPE’s OneSphere hybrid cloud management platform, which launched this year with AWS support and the promise to “soon” add Microsoft Azure and Google public clouds.
“With OneSphere, if you take a look at CTP and their multi-cloud control, they are already linking quite well,” Sethi said. “When it comes to multi-cloud management and OneSphere, absolutely we will leverage the [RedPixie] IP.”