Large firms today prefer to use 'as-a-service' models of IT spending as large infrastructure investments risk early obsolescence, according to Chris Kozup, VP of marketing at HPE Aruba.
Kozup explained that this pitches large enterprises in with SMEs, which don't necessarily have the capex available for large infrastructure purchases.
"Enterprises don't want to invest in hardware only to find in two years that what they purchased is out of date," he said.
"And that is very much aligned with the desires of the SME market. They don't necessarily have the IT expertise in-house, and typically don't have the deep pockets of large corporates."
Kozup was speaking to V3 about a new product from the firm called 'Aruba Central'.
"It's a cloud management networking solution that allows SMEs to manage their network through a simple cloud-based GUI. It enables the simple management of the network, policies and security," he said.
"It removes the complexity that has traditionally existed with more enterprise-grade solutions, and allows users to move away from traditional capex spending models to more of a 'network-as-a-service' model."
This chimes with V3's discussions with technology leaders from three large enterprises, who described their own digital transformation projects involving the disposal of large amounts of infrastructure as most services are farmed out to the cloud.
Darren Price, CIO of insurance company RSA, explained that his project was about saving costs and improving capability.
Albert Hitchcock, CTO and COO of publisher and education group Pearson, is also overseeing a digital transformation project at his organisation, again with the aim of reducing costs and moving from managing hardware to managing services.
And a further CIO, who wished not to be named but oversees technology at one of the world's largest employers, recently told Computing about ditching almost all infrastructure across his entire group and moving wholesale to the cloud.
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