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The Eucalyptus purchase will have little impact on HP’s cloud strategy

Hewlett-Packard’s takeover of privately-held cloud provider Eucalyptus was not nearly as expensive and risky as the Autonomy bad buy. Nevertheless, insiders wonder what HP’s purpose is.

In mid-September, Hewlett-Packard announced it would buy the cloud provider Eucalytpus and make its boss Marten Mickos the master of its cloud business. HP is slowly venturing back into the Mergers & Acquisitions market after burning its fingers on the $ 11 billion acquisition of Autonomy. Eucalyptus probably cost only a fraction of that amount – less than $ 100 million is said to have changed hands, industry rumors say.

Mickos will report directly to HP CEO Meg Whitman as senior vice president and head of the cloud division . He is no stranger to the ICT industry: Mickos was the CEO of MySQL from 2001 to 2008 before Sun Microsystems bought the company .

With its cloud concepts, Mickos was by no means on a HP-friendly course. From time to time, he had publicly opposed the open-source standard OpenStack – the platform on which Hewlett-Packard bet its future. Eucalyptus, on the other hand, has always closely aligned with Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) with its own Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Eucalyptus offers an open source implementation of many APIs used by Amazon Web Services ( AWS ). It allows users to move workloads between private clouds and the Amazon public cloud. This makes sense if, for example, startups in an AWS world have developed their business model and now want to move into the private cloud with little effort, or if private clouds are to be expanded.

But HP relies on the much more powerful OpenStack framework, which has now reached defacto standards in the industry. For example, Ubuntu had originally built its “Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud” (UEC) in 2009 based on Eucalyptus technology, so the vendor moved to the OpenStack warehouse two years later. Eucalyptus could not maintain his market position with the strong AWS focus and maneuvered himself increasingly offside. In the meantime, even OpenStack itself offers a set of AWS-compatible APIs, making Eucalyptus technology superfluous.

Three cooks stir in the cloud pot

Hewlett-Packard rebuilt its cloud strategy in May of this year and announced a $ 1 billion investment in “Helion” – its own OpenStack-based cloud offering of private, hybrid and public coud solutions. Bill Hilf and Saar Gillai were presented here as the top managers. Now comes with Eucalyptus boss Mickos, a third cloud boss on the boat – plus someone who had nothing to do with OpenStack so far.

HP brings with Eucalyptus so know-how, technology – and maybe even problems in the house. But the strategic direction should not change. Beneficiaries will probably be the OpenStack community, which now has a competitor less and with the help of Eucalyptus technology can improve its own Amazon support once again. That will depend on whether HP, whose support for OpenStack is praised everywhere, will make even more of the open standard in the future.

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In addition, Egenera relies on greater integration with virtualization systems. Specifically, the manufacturer advertises for example, a connector for the VMware vCenter Orchestrator. So can also be accessed from vDirector and vCloud PAN environments. The shipped version only VMware support is first integrated. Xen and Hyper-V followed 8 weeks later. Späater in to follow KVM support.

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