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HPE Makes Investment in TruEra Through Pathfinder Program

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE - Free Report) invested in California-based artificial-intelligence ("AI") quality leader, TruEra, through its Pathfinder program.

Through the Pathfinder program, HPE invests in leading startup firms to generate solutions by integrating technologies from portfolio companies with HPE products and developing joint go-to-market programs. As the multi-million dollar investor and partner to TruEra, HPE will jointly design comprehensive solutions for its enterprise clients with its High-Performance Computing Solution.

Founded in 2019, TruEra provides AI Quality solutions to explain, debug, and monitor machine learning models, enabling higher quality and quick deployment. From Jun 28-30, the company will present its software solutions at HPE Discover 2022 conference. TruEra will be available at the Pathfinder booth #DEMO607.

HPE is witnessing weaker server demand due to macroeconomic uncertainties and the ongoing shift to cloud computing. Supply-chain constraints are likely to hurt its growth prospects in the near term. However, the company’s efforts to shift focus to higher-margin offerings like Intelligent Edge and Aruba Central Hyperconverged Infrastructure (“HCI”) are aiding its bottom-line performance. The company’s multi-billion-dollar investment plan to expand networking capabilities will help diversify business and boost margins over the long run.

Further, HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform, Greenlake, continues to win back-to-back deals. Recently, Iliane, a France-based cloud services provider, selected GreenLake to enhance the deployment of cloud-based solutions built for regional accounts.

Prior to that, in March, Hewlett Packard expanded its GreenLake edge to a cloud platform to include support for Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) Azure Stack HCI. The new integrated system comprises scalable hyper-converged infrastructure, software and services, delivered in enterprise customers’ data centers or colocation facilities.

Microsoft's integrated cloud-native solution delivered as a service from HPE’s GreenLake platform not only ensures cost efficiency but also accelerates digital transformation among enterprise clients.

In the same month, HPE entered an agreement with the Japanese payment brand JCB Co. Ltd., wherein the latter selected the HPE GreenLake platform. Through this move, JCB intended to enhance its MyJCB platform while improving customer engagement with new personalized customer services.

In January, leading multi-brand tech solutions provider CDW Corporation (CDW - Free Report) selected the platform to enhance its core UK cloud suite of products called ServiceWorks.

With HPE GreenLake, CDW is able to flexibly check the alignment of cost and revenues, thereby improving its predictability, visibility and control over further investments in service solutions.

Zacks Rank

Hewlett Packard currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Microsoft and CDW carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) each. Shares of HPE, MSFT and CDW have plunged 4.9%, 4.5% and 6.6%, respectively, in the past year.

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