HP Wants To Stick With The Cloud, Buys Eucalyptus
As the world is moving towards cloud computing, Hewlett-Packard does not want to feel left out. HP announced this Thursday that it has acquired Eucalyptus as it looks forward to provide services over cloud.
Eucalyptus is open-source software that links a company’s programs to other useful services. Their software is used for managing cloud computing systems. They provide storage and network resources, and their best feature is that their platform is Amazon Web Services-compatible.
Eucalyptus was developed at University of California, Santa Barbara as a result of research carried out by a group of academic researchers led by Rich Wolski. Wolski became the chief technology officer of the company before returning to teaching at UCS.
As a result of this acquisition, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos will become general manager of HP’s cloud computing business.
HP will be undergoing a change in the way their services are provided. This deal suggests that HP wants to embrace change by putting services and hardware together in new ways. To lead this change, HP has got the right person in Mickos.
Mickos is known for being the CEO of MySQL, the most widely used open-source database. He sold MySQL to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion in 2008. He learned at Sun that the company should bring change in its services as the technology and market evolves. Sun was not able to cope up with on-going change in the industry and later on in 2009, it was purchased by Oracle for $7.4 billion.
With his experience, Mickos will be able to correctly guide HP in how to set their course as they proceed to dive into cloud-computing world. “All big changes must start from the top,” he said. “At the highest level Sun didn’t take the decisions it needed to. I see a board at HP that takes very seriously the change. They have the patience and determination for something that can take years.”
HP will be joining Dell and IBM who have already moved towards cloud computing. This deal signals a paradigm shift in HP. It could signal the evolution of Chromebooks and HP Stream laptops that take advantage of cloud computing. It could signal many other things.
Another big name that has embraced the cloud-first world is Microsoft. But their services are more consumer-centric while HP is looking to provide cloud services for other companies.
In other news, Amazon recently opened its enterprise cloud storage service Zocalo for everyone.