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CRN Exclusive: HP Cloud GM On Helion's Public Cloud Exit, AWS, EMC-VMware's New Cloud Venture And Unlocking The Power Of Partners

HP Cloud Business Unit GM Bill Hilf speaks with CRN about the decision to shut down the HP Helion Public Cloud business early next year.

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Why did HP make the decision to kill the HP Helion Public Cloud offering?

Fundamentally, a huge part of the decision to do what we just did was driven by the growth that we see together with partners.

The way we got to this is we started really looking at overall market dynamics and the movement in the market particularly where enterprises were going. Customer after customer were telling us, 'Listen, we will have a mix of different environments from traditional, in some cases things that are not even virtualized, basic virtualization, some private clouds, outsourced things, we will use public cloud. We will use a combination of all these things like tools in a toolbox.'

That has been substantiated. Actually just this week there was some data that got published about the growth of hybrid cloud spending near 30 percent year-over-year growth. The IT spend for hybrid cloud is greater than the growth rate of IT spend overall.

It is not so much just our opinion. It is really what is happening in the reality of the market, this emergence of hybrid cloud or multi-cloud. People using multiple types of cloud environments in the enterprise.

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