HP has an, ahem, checkered history when it comes to the cloud. Its OpenStack-based public cloud was launched, re-launched, rebranded, bolstered with the acquisition of Eucalyptus, had leaders, new leaders, and even newer leaders and was finally nixed in the undeniable face of commercial failure. Following on from the shuttering of public Helion, HP is trying another tack and announcing a partnership with Microsoft to offer customers integrated hybrid cloud deployments which take HP hardware and Microsoft’s Azure cloud operating system. Where to start?

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.