Citing unnamed "people familiar with the matter," Reuters is reporting that private equity firms are considering buying some of HPE's enterprise software assets, including Autonomy and Vertica, for $6 billion to $8 billion. A separate report in The Information says that equity firms are also considering buying all of HPE for $40 billion. This deal would take the company private, much like Dell recently became a privately held company.
Last year, HP split into two companies: HP, Inc., which sells PCs and printers, and HPE, which offers enterprise IT solutions. These reports only concern the enterprise-focused HPE.
HPE has not commented on the rumors.