HP to Acquire Open-Source Provider Eucalyptus as Part of Open-Source Cloud Building

2016-new-hp-hqHewlett-Packard reports that it’s negotiated a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a provider of open-source software for building private and hybrid enterprise cloud services.

After the transaction closes, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos, a longtime advocate of open source, will join HP as senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud business, reporting to HP Chairman, President, and CEO Meg Whitman.

Mickos will lead the HP Cloud organization in building the HP Helion portfolio, based on OpenStack technology. Prior to Eucalyptus, Mickos was CEO of MySQL, which he grew from a garage start-up to the company providing the second-most widely used open-source software in the world.

“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. “Marten will enhance HP’s outstanding bench of Cloud executives and expand HP Helion capabilities, giving customers more choice and greater control of private and hybrid cloud solutions.”

“Eucalyptus and HP share a common vision for the future of cloud in the enterprise,” said Mickos. “Enterprises are demanding open-source cloud solutions, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to grow the HP Helion portfolio and lead a world-class business that delivers private, hybrid, managed and public clouds to enterprise customers worldwide.”

Martin Fink, who currently leads HP’s Cloud business, will remain in his roles as chief technology officer of HP and director of HP Labs. Fink will also continue to lead HP’s Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business.

“We’ve said before that we believe the future of the Cloud is open source, and this transaction underscores our deep commitment to helping customers build enterprise-class, open clouds their way,” said Fink. “We’ve already seen significant momentum since launching HP Helion and have put in place an outstanding team. I’m confident that Marten, a fellow open source devotee, will continue to build out the HP Helion portfolio into the enterprise cloud offering of choice.”

Since introducing HP Helion in May, HP says it’s grown share in the private-cloud market and was ranked as the leader in the Forrester Wave report for Private Cloud Solutions. HP also recently announced an agreement to build and operate community clouds for enterprise customers in China, one of the fastest -rowing cloud markets in the world, and also announced HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services to help enterprises implement OpenStack technology–based clouds. HP is the leading code contributor to the next release of OpenStack code, scheduled for October.

HP expects the acquisition to close in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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