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HPE builds hybrid cloud services with UK acquisition

HPE has acquired London-based Microsoft Azure cloud reseller RedPixie to bolster its hybrid cloud management offering to customers by rolling the firm into its Pointnext cloud services arm.

HPE Pointnext provides advisory, integration, migration and operational consulting services to help customers deploy and manage workloads across their IT estate.

The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed, but Ana Pinczuk, SVP and GM, HPE Pointnext, said the deal would play an important part in developing HPE's hybrid cloud service offerings. According to consulting firm McKinsey, annual global spending on hybrid IT consulting and cloud native development was around $6bn in 2017 and growing at almost 20% a year.

Pinczuk said: “To further strengthen our hybrid IT consulting capabilities and build on our recent acquisition of Cloud Technology Partners [based in the US], we are acquiring RedPixie, a leading provider of cloud consulting, application development and migration services for enterprises looking to move workloads to the public cloud.”

Founded in 2010, RedPixie’s business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists have helped customers migrate legacy systems to the cloud and speed up the adoption of data analytics. RedPixie has particular traction among leading financial services, insurance and healthcare companies, said Pinczuk, with customers including KPMG, Hiscox and Care UK.

Pinczuk said: “With this acquisition, we will continue to expand our comprehensive hybrid IT portfolio and will be even better positioned to help our customers build new digital experiences and drive better business outcomes now and into the future.”

RedPixie is also a leading Citrix partner, and itself acquired reseller Cloudamour at the end of 2015.

IT Europa says this is another example where it is easy for a relatively rich business to pick up valued resources and skilled staff, which it might find hard to recruit or train. This ia a global effect that will give a twist to the spirallinh up of M&A, and encourage more smaller firms to form and build value.