HP snaps up cloud rival Eucalyptus to drive hybrid cloud adoption

HP aims to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption in the enterprise

HP has acquired cloud-computing firm Eucalyptus in a move aimed at bolstering its hybrid cloud capabilities, specifically interoperability with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm is also installing Eucalyptus chief executive Marten Mickos as head of its own cloud business.

The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of HP’s fiscal year, will see it acquire Eucalyptus Systems for an undisclosed sum. HP’s financial year runs to the end of October, so the firm is clearly expecting the transaction to proceed swiftly.

Eucalyptus is a developer offering an open-source platform for building private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds, thus making it a rival for HP’s own Helion OpenStack distribution.

A key selling point for Eucalyptus is that its platform has been developed to be compatible with the application-programming interface (API) set of Amazon’s AWS, which is the most widely used public cloud platform globally, making it easier for customers to expand capacity with AWS resources if necessary.

HP hailed the acquisition, stating that it would help it to “accelerate hybrid cloud adoption in the enterprise”, implying that it plans to take advantage of the Eucalyptus API expertise in order to provide a similar level of interoperability with AWS for customers using its Helion OpenStack distribution.

A HP spokesperson told V3 that the Eucalyptus acquisition fits with its strategy for managing hybrid cloud scenarios, but said the deal had more to do with the common vision the two firms share.

“Our focus is on open source and OpenStack, and both companies have been working around how we help customers build, consume and manage massive applications in an open-source cloud environment,” the spokesperson said.

Eucalyptus had already talked about its enthusiasm for OpenStack and becoming more closely involved with the OpenStack community, HP said.

Meanwhile, HP focused a lot of attention on its appointment of Mickos as senior vice president and general manager of its Cloud business, reporting directly to HP chief Meg Whitman.

“The addition of Marten to HP’s world-class Cloud leadership team will strengthen and accelerate the strategy we’ve had in place for more than three years, which is to help businesses build, consume and manage open-source hybrid clouds,” Whitman said in a statement.

Martin Fink, who currently leads HP’s Cloud business, will remain in his role as chief technology officer of HP, the firm said, where he will be able to focus on innovation in technologies such as The Machine, which it unveiled in June.

“We recognised that we needed a person steeped in cloud to focus solely on that job, and it was an opportunity to make Marten that person, so Martin Fink can focus on HP Labs,” HP’s spokesperson said.

Mickos himself praised HP’s comprehensive cloud portfolio, covering hardware, software and services.

“I have learned over the past four years that customers look for cloud solutions that are easy to manage and that give flexible options for the future. When it comes to private and managed clouds, HP is uniquely positioned to serve that need,” he said on the HP Next blog.

Earlier this week, Red Hat made it its own bid for cross-platform success when it released Satellite 6, an update of its lifeycle management tool that likewise enables users to manage resources on both their private cloud and on AWS.

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12 September 2014 | 11:52 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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