Head in the Clouds: SaaS, PaaS, and Cloud Strategy

Dec 5 2015   4:03PM GMT

Get the Helion out of there, now!

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore

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Not even two years. HP’s Helion public cloud service, launched on May 6, 2014. It’s being euthanized on Jan. 31, 2016. If your organization has workload and data assets in the HP cloud, they must be moved elsewhere by that cutoff date.

Not even one year. In reality, HP pretty much threw in the towel after less than a year. Just 11 months after its launch, in an April 7, 2015 New York Times story, Bill Hilf, HP’s senior vice president of cloud products and services sounded the death knell: “We thought people would rent or buy computing from us. It turns out that it makes no sense for us to go head-to-head.” That’s head to head with the big three, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Selling public cloud services was a logical step. HP, the company with the largest share of the worldwide server market, would sell you compute services instead. According to figures published on Aug. 25, 2015 by researcher IDG, HP had a 25.4% share of server revenue worldwide. Dell came in second with 17.5% followed by IBM at 14.8%.

According to one published report from Sept. 2015, AWS alone operates between 1.5 million and more than 5 million servers of its own custom designs, optimized for specific workload types, with no more than 100,000 in any one data center. Amazon itself says that “the AWS Cloud operates in 30 Availability Zones within 11 geographic regions around the world, with more coming in 2016.” HP simply wasn’t equipped to compete on this scale.

Take a step back and gain a good understanding of where, precisely, your cloud services are running. If anything is currently on HP Helion, there’s precious little time remaining to find another home, then migrate and test data and applications. Indeed, you will have been to Helion and back.

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  • JerryCondon
    Check your facts. The HP public cloud launched in 2011. Helion is a marketing brand, not a product; and it was launched in 2014.
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