Enterprises are looking to transform their IT to a more lean operation, in the spirit of recent trends of cloud computing and hybrid clouds, DevOps and containers, which have emerged from the open-source communities. Major IT vendors have identified this potential and are putting a lot of effort in developing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to enable the transition of enterprises.
Last October HP launched (as part of HP Helion cloud platform) its own PaaS offering code-named HP Helion Development Platform, based on CloudFoundry open-source PaaS. Now HP took a step further and acquired Stackato, a platform based on CloudFoundry and Docker containers, to enhance its PaaS offering with support for hybrid cloud model, and to speed up delivery times and ease of IT configuration. According to the statement:
HP’s acquisition of Stackato further demonstrates our commitment to Cloud Foundry technology and broadens our hybrid cloud capabilities.
While HP is betting heavily on CloudFoundry, it is also betting seriously on containers. A month and a half ago HP joined the Open Containers Initiative (OCI). The open approach of OCI is also aligned with HP’s strategic choice to make HP Helion based on open-source community-backed projects such as CloudFoundry, Eucalyptus (which HP acquired last year) and OpenStack. Interesting to note that OpenStack community also addressed hybrid cloud and containers on its recent releases.
HP is not the only one to realize the trend. Cloud and containers have been growing closer to bring hybrid IT to enterprises, with all major players offering combined offerings, including IBM, Google, Amazon, Micrsofot and VMware.
Last month HP filed to split into two companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. – to enable each one to be more focused and flexible “to adapt quickly to market and customer dynamics”. The newly-formed HP Enterprise will focus on the enterprise business including servers, storage, networking, converged systems and Helion cloud platform, without the burden of HP’s traditional printers and PC businesses (left for HP Inc.). In this fast-paced, dynamic and highly competitive realm of agile IT and cloud computing, HP Enterprise would need that flexibility and agility to gain the lead.
* Update: a couple of months after the above acquisition HP announced shutting down its public cloud, and focusing on hybrid cloud offering, in line with the above post. You can read more on this post.
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