Now, perhaps coincidently, during the HP split, the company that would become HPE also 86’d its public cloud offering, Helion. Here’s the money quote from HP Cloud GM Bill Hilf via Steve Burke at CRN: “Customer after customer were telling us, ‘Listen, we will have a mix of different environments…'” — in other words, nobody wanted the public cloud part from HP; instead they were going to use AWS, Azure, or a local public cloud.
There was a lot of piling-on by people who never understood why HP built a cloud in the first place. (Richard Chirgwin at The Register, Linthicum at InfoWorld, Serdar Yegulalp at InfoWorld) Sometimes when you’re this big you’re damned if you do and then damned when you admit a mis-step. Note that the private/hybrid part of Helion is still around, rev’d to 2.0 based on Kilo, and is partner-centric.
But maybe, just maybe, a public “enterprise-grade” cloud should not try to out-IaaS AWS, and instead be differentiated? Are there any generic enterprise-grade public clouds left?
- HP Helion – gone
- EMC/VMware – spun out into Virtustream, which focuses on apps like SAP and Oracle – not on generic AnythingaaS
- Rackspace – has announced that it will also offer a layer of support and services on top of AWS and Azure
- IBM – watch this space with Blue Box hiring like mad and Bluemix, although they need to be careful with counting cloud dollars accurately. Also IBM may be playing a different game (cognitive computing) than the rest of us.
- Azure – you are paying attention, right? Big stuff happening, but I wouldn’t call them “generic” IaaS.
- Oracle – announced it’s building something at OOW, but nobody is quite sure what/when/how. Also, because Oracle, we must see it to believe it.
Did I miss anybody? Is anything like a “generic” public cloud still around and growing?
And happy birth day HPE!