by Steven Burke

World Wide Technology (WWT) CEO Jim Kavanaugh said Tuesday that the $20 billion solution provider behemoth is "thrilled" about "expanding" its partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a bid to deliver "transformative AI outcomes" for customers.

Kavanaugh's comments came after WWT, No. 9 on the CRN SP500, hosted HPE CEO Antonio Neri and HPE Executive Vice President and General Manager Hybrid Cloud and CTO Fidelma Russo on Monday.

"We discussed the potential of AI, not just as a technology, but as a catalyst for business transformation, and discussed how our partnership could shape this strategic vision," said Kavanaugh in a LinkedIn post. "We also discussed the massive impact of AI and the need to move with speed!'

CRN reached out to WWT and HPE for comment.

Kavanaugh said the conversation with HPE's top executives "underscored the significance of collaboration and synergy" in delivering AI business outcome-based solutions.

Kavanaugh said a "focal point" of the discussion with HPE was centered on WWT's ATC AI Proving Ground, a multivendor lab environment that lets customers "experiment, test, and innovate with the latest AI hardware, software, and reference architectures in a secure, scalable, and transparent manner."

One sign of WWT's AI prowess is being named in April as the Americas AI Solution Provider, Networking Partner of the Year by AI GPU superstar Nvidia.

Neri is set to host Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at HPE's annual Discover conference at the Sphere in Las Vegas on June 18.


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