I was happy when Hewlett-Packard (as it was known then) acquired the Stackato PaaS from ActiveState, a Canadian developer tool company. Of course there was some self-interest there, I was an adviser to ActiveState and was actually involved in one of the companies that ended up becoming part of the Stackato product.
But beyond self-interest, I thought it was a deal that made sense. As I see it, HP’s business selling physical servers is rapidly dwindling and the company needs to move up the stack and add more value to its customers.
The not-insignificant investment that HP made in OpenStack was part of this — millions and millions of dollars poured into creating HP’s Helion OpenStack platform, again as an attempt to do more than just sell people pieces of tin with flashing lights on them.