What in the world will HP do with Eucalyptus? The company’s cloud chief(s) give us a hint

If you think of Marten Mickos as the outspoken CEO of Eucalyptus, think again. HP bought Eucalyptus, along with all its IP and its team, and made Mickos SVP and GM of HP cloud, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman. Martin Fink remains CTO and director of HP Labs.

Marten Mickos, SVP and GM of HP Cloud business.
Marten Mickos, SVP and GM of HP Cloud business.

This week, the two Martins and Bill Hilf, SVP of product and service management for HP Cloud, are our guests and fill us in a bit on what[company] HP[/company] gets in this deal. Given Mickos past digs at OpenStack — one quotable quote out of Structure 2014 was “If you have too much money, you buy [company]VMware[/company]. If you have too much time, you buy OpenStack.” The implication being is if you don’t have too much of either, buy [company]Eucalyptus[/company].

The HP company line is that its private/hybrid/public clouds are all about open-source, specifically OpenStack. Eucalyptus is an open-source alternative to OpenStack. And given that Eucalyptus supports the major Amazon APIs, it has insights into how enterprise customers use [company]Amazon Web Services,[/company] knowledge which could come in handy for HP’s own cloud push.

And in the first 15 minutes, Derrick Harris and I hash out this news as well other big-name hires — [company]Google[/company] snapped up former [company]Red Hat[/company] CTO Brian Stevens to head up Google Cloud Platform,and give it more enterprise cred and [company]Amazon Web Services[/company] hired Bill Vass, former CEO of [company]Liquid Robotics.[/company]

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