It's always fun to see your project get news coverage

Dec 18 2012

Forbes covered HP Cloud's announcement of the new Platform as a Service (PaaS) project.

This is my favorite quote from the article: With this announcement HP’s Cloud grabs a potentially big technological advantage. Expect other cloud providers to do the same by quickly following HP’s lead of an integrated PaaS technology as key a differentiator. It’s also interesting to see that HP has selected ActiveState to form the core of its new PaaS offering. ActiveState’s Stackato is built atop VMware’s Cloudfoundry project, and is described as an application platform for creating your own private, secure, and flexible enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) using any language on any stack on any cloud.

The same story was picked up by other outlets. My favorite "negative" take on it was posted on Diversity, Ltd . The author uses some loaded language (a poisoned chalice? Really?) to describe HP's partnership with ActiveState (Why? No idea). And he makes much of the fact that Stackato is a fork of Cloud Foundry. But I think his conclusion is right: It’s not all negative for HP however. PaaS is, I believe, the future of the cloud and, more importantly, provides an opportunity for large traditional IT vendors like HP to bridge to offerings that will be compelling in the future world. Of course the fact that they can sell some cloud servers to run the new private PaaS offering doesn’t hurt either and I’m looking forward to seeing how seriously the company articulates the value of this product.

(As usual, I speak for myself, not my employer.)

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