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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri says that the initial version of Dell’s Apex as-a-service portfolio is essentially a VMware offering, and does not bring as broad of a selection of as-a-service solutions as HPE’s GreenLake offering.

Neri spoke Tuesday at the 2021 Best of Breed (BoB) Conference in Atlanta, hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company. The HPE president and CEO (pictured center) made the comments in response to questions from Robert Faletra (pictured left), executive chairman of The Channel Company, and Steven Burke (pictured right), editor news at CRN

HPE GreenLake, which offers an as-a-service, pay-per-use model for consumption of on-premises infrastructure, debuted in mid-2018, while Dell Apex launched into general availability in May.

When asked by Burke what the difference is between Dell Apex and HPE GreenLake, Neri said that Dell Apex is “only one thing.”

“In fact, the entire experience that you see in the early version of it is VMware—it’s not Dell,” Neri said. “And so, what they’re doing is trying to build around the VMware control plane—all the analytics and the metering and so forth. But they are focused on one thing and one thing only, which is simplicity. But they’re not having the sophistication of a broad portfolio.”

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