Surprising No One, HP Admits It Can't Compete As A Public Cloud Vendor

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

HP has had an incredibly tortured history in the cloud. One of the backers of the OpenStack open source cloud platform, HP has re-branded and relaunched its own cloud offering several times. The product, now called Helion, is widely regarded as being little more than shelfware – actual customer usage is low to non-existent.

Last year HP made a big bet by acquiring another open source vendor, Eucalyptus. This was a strange sort of a deal considering that Eucalyptus sold itself as being AWS-compatible. AWS is, after all, OpenStack’s natural nemesis. At the time the saving grace in the deal was that HP got the services of Eucalyptus’ former CEO Marten Mickos...

Alas, only a few months after the acquisition, Mickos was pushed sideways. Industry rumor suggests that HP execs didn’t like his straight talking approach and he was replaced by some long term HP staff – a sure fire recipe that the mistakes of the past will be made again. And again. And again...

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