Highlights

  • The offerings to Barclays by HPE GreenLake include pricing for computing, memory, storage resources, scalability, and efficiency.
  • The result of the merger is Barclays taking a step forward and hosting thousands of apps and over 100,000 workloads, including SQL databases, Windows Server, and Linux.

British multinational universal bank, Barclays, has chosen HPE to host its global private cloud platform, giving its GreenLake “everything-as-a-service” platform a major push.

The bank will use GreenLake to host thousands of apps and more than 100,000 workloads, including SQL databases, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Windows server, and Linus, across Barclay’s strategic hubs in the US and Asia, and the UK. Barclays has opted to deliver personalized banking experiences to its customers with a hybrid multi-cloud strategy.

Barclays is also making use of HPE’s Pointnext Services to help its team as it migrates workloads from conventional infrastructure to the private cloud.

GreenLake was launched by HPE some four years back. The fully-managed platform provides software, infrastructure, and cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge or in a colocation facility. About 1,250 enterprise customers use HPE’s platform, which is now valued at USD 5.7 billion in total contract value.

Leading cloud providers are still trying to carve out a place in the financial services industry. AWS recently announced a mainframe migration service with a focus on mainframe customers like big banks. It is also launching new services like Amazon FinSpace and Goldman Sachs’ Cloud for Data. Furthermore, Microsoft also launched its Cloud for Financial Services and is available for general use. Oracle and IBM have hybrid offerings targeted at the financial services sector.

Expert view

“Today our customers expect an intelligent, contextual and personalized digital experience with seamless performance. 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,” said Craig Bright, group chief information officer at Barclays.

“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 personalized digital experiences,” Marc Waters, HPE’s SVP and managing director for the UK, Ireland, Middle East & South Africa, said in a statement. “Given Barclays’ prominence, as a UK headquartered global financial services leader, we are immensely proud to be chosen to provide their private cloud.”