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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Technology Officer and Head of Software Kumar Sreekanti said HPE’s big bet on open source with its Ezmeral software platform is “clearly resonating with customers” and is already driving double digit sales growth.

“The HPE Ezmeral software business is driving strong double digit revenue growth, and every quarter we are winning new logos in key industries, including banking and financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, media, and education,” said Sreekanti in a statement provided to CRN.

New HPE Ezmeral customers include Wells Fargo, GM Financial, and Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, University of Edinburgh and Zenuity.

Wells Fargo, for example, selected the HPE Ezmeral Container Platform and HPE GreenLake to “provide them with a scalable cloud experience to enable them to modernize and innovate in an agile, cost-effective manner,” said Sreekanti.

Sreekanti’s comments came in reaction to a BoB Conference interview in which IBM President Jim Whitehurst said that although HPE Ezmeral “sounds quite compelling” HPE does not have the open source history and track record that IBM-Red Hat bring to the table.

Sreekanti fired back at Red Hat claims that HPE doesn’t have the open source software chops to take on IBM Red Hat in the hybrid cloud container battle.

“It is no surprise really that companies like IBM are talking about HPE Ezmeral software these days,” said Sreekanti. “They are hearing about us more and more from customers and partners in the field, and we appreciate the recognition from Jim Whitehurst, who I know well, and respect as a leader.”

Sreekanti said HPE is “all in on software” leveraging open source projects with its own “unique IP, and the talents of our 8,300 software engineers” to deliver software that is playing a vital role in HPE’s strategy to provide a hybrid cloud platform for enterprise customers to modernize applications.

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