HPE Is Selling Palo Alto Building; Aruba's State-Of-The-Art Facility Will Be HPE's New Headquarters

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which is in the midst of its massive 'Next' restructuring aimed at saving $1.5 billion over a three year period, is selling its Palo Alto, Calif. facility and moving its headquarters to a state-of-the-art Santa Clara facility that is currently the home of its Aruba mobile, "cloud first" networking business.

The 233,000 square feet Aruba facility (pictured), which the company moved into on Jan. 1, was built as a showcase for Aruba's mobile cloud first and intelligent edge offerings. It includes all of the latest Aruba product offerings with smart connectivity through the six-story building including location-based services powered by a campus app.

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HPE said it plans to relocate the under 1,000 employees at the current Palo Alto headquarters to three facilities: the Aruba headquarters, an HPE facility in Milpitas and a San Jose facility that came with the acquisition of Nimble earlier this year.

HPE Thursday said it expects to complete the move by the end of 2018.

The Palo Alto real estate sale comes with HPE's successful spin merger earlier this year of its $20 billion Enterprise Services business with 110,000 employees moving to DXC technology and the spin in merger of  HPE's software assets to Micro Focus. The $28 billion HPE officially split from $55 billion HP two years ago.

HPE said even with the sale of the Palo Alto facility it will continue to jointly support with  HP Inc. the Founder's Office of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, as well as the nearby Hewlett-Packard Garage, where Hewlett-Packard was founded.

Michael Haley, president of Edge Solutions, an Alpharetta, Ga., solution provider, No. 333 on the 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500, said the sale of the Palo Alto headquarters demonstrates how far HPE has come as a leaner and more agile independent company. "Everything HPE is doing is making the company easier to do business with for both customers and partners," he said. "Complexity equals cost."

Haley said the Aruba product portfolio is gaining momentum in accounts of all sizes and shapes. "No matter what account we go into from a midmarket to an enterprise, they have a business need that can be met by leveraging the Aruba products," he said. "I am looking forward to bringing customers to that Aruba facility for briefings and demos."

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