In a company blog post, HP announced that it will shut down its Helion public cloud computing service on Jan. 31. Instead of competing directly against Amazon, Microsoft and Google, HP plans to support these other cloud providers with its hybrid cloud computing tools. It will also continue to offer private cloud computing tools.
"The market for hybrid infrastructure is evolving quickly," said the blog post. "Today, our customers are consistently telling us that in order to meet their full spectrum of needs, they want a hybrid combination of efficiently managed traditional IT and private cloud, as well as access to SaaS [software-as-a-service] applications and public cloud capabilities for certain workloads. In addition, they are pushing for delivery of these solutions faster than ever before. With these customer needs in mind, we have made the decision to double-down on our private and managed cloud capabilities."
HP will split into two separate companies in less than two weeks.