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End of the Enterprise Public Cloud?

Happy Birth Day to HPE!  (Don’t say HP Enterprise!).

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?

Did I miss anybody? Is anything like a “generic” public cloud still around and growing?

And happy birth day HPE!


1 Comment

  1. Dan Yarrow (@yarrowd) on November 4, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Well balanced thoughts John. Full disclosure I’m an HPE employee in AU. Certainly from my perspective HP’s public cloud didn’t make it to AU and other major players (Azure, vCloud Air, AWS) already have major uptake. From my perspective it really was a “me too” play. That being said, OpenStack’s growth in private cloud is certainly on the up tick and there certainly will be a growth in the adoption rate over the next 24 months.

    I for one would rather spend my time trying to design a Hybrid Infrastructure and service delivery model for a customer rather then trying to convince them that “our public cloud is where you should put your VMs or containers”. It honestly didn’t make sense. That being said our partner community are very active standing up their own public cloud services of their own based on HPE technology. Only time will tell if competing against the major players is a sound use of their capital.

    Side Note – I did have a laugh at the HP Enterprise PR request … Not a great strategy to try and force feed a new brand or tell journalists what to write. I think over time HPE will become the norm, but these things take time. Most folks on my side of the business are just very excited to be acknowledged as not working for a “PC and Printer” company. Good things come to those who wait I guess.