It includes the highly controversial Autonomy acquisition that was mostly written down by the current CEO Meg Whitman. It also includes other acquisitions like Mercury Interactive and Vertica. But the segment hasnt been doing too well of late as customers shift toward cloud-supported, as-a-service software purchasing. The sale news doesnt come as much of a surprise since Whitman has been focused on taking out costs and disposing off non-core assets. In May, she announced the spin-off and merger of the business-services division with Computer Sciences Corp. CSC in a deal valued at $8.5 billion for HPE shareholders. And this was just a continuation of restructuring actions that started last year when Hewlett-Packard Company split itself into the consumer facing HP Inc HPQ and the enterprise facing Hewlett Packard Enterprise after a prior attempt to sell the computing business wasnt well received by investors. interview questionsJust as Cisco CSCO did recently when it announced a 7% cutback in its workforce, HPE too is trimming the fat so it can mobilize resources to the fast-growing areas of the cloud such as SDN and converged and hyper-converged infrastructure. Understanding The Opportunity As more companies move their workloads to the cloud, vendors have been trying to differentiate themselves by providing improved efficiency, lower operational complexity and rapid scaling. This in turn has led to various degrees of convergence of the IT building blocks (computing, storage and increasingly, networking resources).
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