I have something of a checkered past with HPE, the enterprise business that was created when Hewlett-Packard split itself into two units a year or so ago. I first engaged with the business formerly known as HP half a dozen years ago. Back then the company was very much still in the business of selling hardware — be it servers, printers or laptops — and had not yet focused on its transformation into a business that could compete in the modern world.
I spent a few years in the HP orbit, attending a number of their global user conferences and generally saying things as I saw them. Unfortunately, I didn’t see things in a particularly good light — HP introduced (and reintroduced a handful of times) a public cloud service that they told us, with a straight face no less, would be competitive with Amazon Web Services (AWS) the king of the public cloud.