Eucalyptus buy hands HP a fresh cloud chief

The move to buy open source software player Eucalyptus has given HP the chance to shuffle its management team and put a fresh face in the cloud chief slot

Hewlett-Packard has a fresh mastermind to lead its cloud efforts after it snapped up open source cloud player Eucalyptus and opted to put its CEO in charge of its approach to the hosted world.

Marten Mickos will replace HP CTO and director of its labs Martin Fink as the cloud leader at the firm, with the job title of senior vice president and general manager of the cloud business,  after he came on board as part of the undisclosed deal to acquire Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus develops open source software that drives hybrid clouds, which is a growing area of the market that HP wants to increase its own activity in. The vendor launched its Helion portfolio of products, which were introduced back in May, and claimed it has already help it gain more of a slice of the private cloud enterprise market.

Mickos will report directly to HP president and CEO Meg Whitman and will pick up on a three year old cloud strategy, which has been one of the key planks of the ongoing five-year plan turnaround at the vendor.

“The addition of Marten to HP’s world-class cloud leadership team will strengthen and accelerate the strategy we’ve had in place for more than three years, which is to help businesses build, consume and manage open source hybrid clouds,” said Whitman.

In his statement over the acquisition Mickos stressed the open source approach which he has championed for years was one that enterprise customers were looking for as they started to make more moves to both hybrid and managed public clouds.

HP launched its cloud service Helion earlier this summer and revealed it would be working with its existing cloud specialist partners to take the offering to market.

At the time Fink was running the cloud organisation and he talked of the need to "unite service providers and technology partners" and build an ecosystem that would appeal to both.

The Helion network was built to attract clients such as independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers. The aim has been to speed up innovation and deliver open standards–based hybrid cloud services.


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