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Barclays selects HPE GreenLake for global private cloud platform

By Ryan Morris-Reade
Tue 21 Dec 2021

Hewlett Packard has announced that Barclays has selected HPE GreenLake to deliver its global private cloud platform. 

The HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform will be integral to Barclays' hybrid multi-cloud strategy and digital transformation across Barclays' global businesses in a strategic cloud partnership.  

The company says the automated and open cloud platform will host thousands of workloads and support the bank in delivering a personalised banking experience for its customers.

The edge-to-cloud platform provides on-demand capacity and granular consumption-based pricing for compute, memory and storage resources, offering resilience and scalability.

"Today, our customers expect an intelligent, contextual and personalised digital experience with seamless performance," says Barclays' group chief information officer, Craig Bright.

"With HPE GreenLake, we're building a cloud platform that will enable the agility and operational performance needed to achieve this ambition while providing a modern economic model for private cloud.

Marc Waters, HPE senior vice president and managing director UK, Ireland, Middle East & South Africa, says banking systems are critical national infrastructure. 

"Resilience, sustainability and security of the underlying technology platform are the non-negotiable fundamentals that enable the provision of personalised digital experiences," he says. 

"Given Barclays' prominence, as the UK headquartered global financial services leader, we are immensely proud to be chosen to provide their private cloud. Our fully-managed HPE GreenLake platform provides infrastructure, software and services that enable automation, control, flexibility, exceptional experience and a positive commercial advantage."
 
Using the HPE GreenLake platform, Barclays' will only pay for the resources they consume, with the option to reserve workloads and run them on-demand. Barclays' will use HPE GreenLake Central to manage costs, utilisation, compliance, and security across the entire private cloud estate through a unified global dashboard. 

The infrastructure environment is managed by HPE, which Hewlett Packard says ensures constant uptime, regular patching and updates, and automation-driven infrastructure optimisation. 

"Barclays' global private cloud platform will host thousands of apps and over 100,000 workloads that will include virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), SQL databases, Windows server and Linux," the company says.

"The migration from the legacy infrastructure to the private cloud is being performed by HPE Pointnext Services in partnership with the Barclays team."

The HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform is designed as a foundation for accelerating digital transformation by providing cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, or in a colocation facility. HPE GreenLake has grown to USD$5.7 billion in total contract value, has 900 partners selling the platform, and 1,250 enterprise customers across 50 countries in all industry sectors and sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, government and public sector organisations, and small and mid-market enterprises.

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