HPE chosen by Barclays to provide private cloud platform

Ellie Duncan
16 Dec 2021

Barclays Bank has chosen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to form a strategic cloud partnership, which will see the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform become integral to Barclays’ hybrid multi-cloud strategy and digital transformation.

The partnership means that Barclays’ global private cloud platform will host thousands of apps and more than 100,000 workloads across its strategic hubs in the UK, US and Asia, that will include virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), SQL databases, Windows server and Linux.

The bank’s migration from the legacy infrastructure to the private cloud is being performed by HPE Pointnext Services in partnership with the Barclays team.

Craig Bright, group chief information officer at Barclays, said: “Today, our customers expect an intelligent, contextual and personalised 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.”

Using the HPE GreenLake platform, HPE said that Barclays will only pay for the resources it consumes, and that it has the option to reserve workloads and run them on-demand.

The banking group is using HPE GreenLake Central to manage costs, utilisation, compliance, and security across the entire private cloud estate through a unified global dashboard.

Marc Waters, senior vice president and managing director UK, Ireland, Middle East and South Africa at HPE, said: “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 personalised digital experiences.

Waters added: “Our fully managed HPE GreenLake platform provides infrastructure, software and services that enable automation, control, flexibility, exceptional experience and a positive commercial advantage.”