The HP cloud offering: Neither Innovative Nor Compelling

March 18, 2011 No Comments

By now most of us have seen the coverage of Hewlett-Packard’s CEO, Léo Apotheker, as he unveiled the company’s plans to offer IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and other goodies in the cloud. (Also, be sure to check out an exclusive interview with Apotheker by IDG Enterprise Chief Content Officer John Gallant and InfoWorld Editor in Chief Eric Knorr.)

HP is an important company in the world of IT; many enterprises rely on its equipment and software. However, HP’s foray into cloud computing at this point equates to more of a “me too” strategy than an innovative or game-changing proposition. A good analogy for this move is HP’s entrance into the SOA market shortly after the SOA trend began five years ago — only to find the market was too complex and fast-moving for the company’s likes, even after some key acquisitions.

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