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Hewlett Packard Completes Cray Buyout to Boost HPC Footing

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE - Free Report) completed the buyout of supercomputing leader Cray for a deal value of approximately $1.4 billion.

The integration of HPE and Cray is expected to enhance future offerings and boost customer benefits. By ramping up R&D infrastructure and proficiency, the deal is likely to help accelerate the development of new products and solutions.

Management expects the deal to offer a wide-ranging end-to-end portfolio across compute, storage, software and services in high-performance computing (HPC) and AI markets.

Further, HPE expects to achieve significant synergies from the acquisition next year. It is likely to be accretive to its non-GAAP operating profit and earnings in fiscal 2020.

Eye on HPC: A Positive

HPE’s focus on strengthening its foothold in the HPC market is likely to get a boost from the acquisition of Cray. Customer wins by both companies are a tailwind in this regard.

Last month, Cray announced that it won a contract valued at $600 million to build the exascale supercomputer El Capitan for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The system is based on Cray’s Shasta supercomputing architecture.

Reportedly, Cray is developing two more exascale supercomputers for the DOE, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Notably, Cray has won more than $1.5 billion in bookings so far for its Shasta-based systems.

Meanwhile, HPE joined NASA’s Ames Research Center for a four-year, multi-phase collaboration to build a new supercomputer named Aitken based on the HPE SGI 8600 system. The system is expected to help drive the researchers’ mission of landing the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.

We therefore believe that by combining HPE with Cray’s resources, both companies will be able to reap benefits of the growing HPC market. The HPC market and associated storage and services are likely to increase from nearly $28 billion in 2018 to around $35 billion in 2021.

Per a Grand View Research report, the HPC market is projected to witness a CAGR of 7.2% (2018-2025) and reach $59.65 billion by 2025.

Moreover, by fortifying its HPC presence, HPE’s economic moat against the rival companies like International Business Machines (IBM - Free Report) and Dell (DELL - Free Report) is also anticipated to get a stimulus.

Zacks Rank and Stock to Consider

Currently, HPE has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked stock in the broader technology sector is Perficient (PRFT - Free Report) , flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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