In addition to SimpliVity earlier this month, HPE has also bought Cloud Cruiser, which offers analytics to measure cloud consumption.

Scott Ferguson, Managing Editor, Light Reading

January 24, 2017

3 Min Read
HPE Expands Cloud Offerings With Cloud Cruiser Acquisition

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), fresh from its $650 million acquisition of SimpliVity, is buying another cloud computing firm -- Cloud Cruiser -- which offers analytics and software to measure the services used by customers.

The two companies announced the agreement in a blog post on Jan. 23. Financial details were not disclosed and the deal is expected to close later this year. Founded in 2010, Cloud Cruiser's customers include Accenture, KPN, Microsoft, Ford, TD Bank, as well as HPE, according to the blog.

Cloud Cruiser offers analytics and software that helps vendors measure, and then bill, the cloud services that businesses and their IT departments use. The goal is to offer a more accurate picture of the size and scope of the cloud services that customers need and want.

This acquisition fits into what HPE calls its Flexible Capacity, which is part of its hybrid cloud strategy -- combining both public and private cloud offerings for customers. In the blog post about the acquisition, Scott Weller, HPE's senior vice president of Technology Services Support, wrote that the company is attempting to split the difference between secure, on-premise infrastructure, and the speed that a public cloud offers to businesses.

Figure 1: HPE looks to part the IT clouds (Source: HPE) HPE looks to part the IT clouds (Source: HPE)

"But while some workloads may be right for the public cloud, others -- which may require higher security, compliance and service levels -- are best kept on-premise," Weller wrote. "Because of these different needs, HPE helps organizations take a hybrid approach to IT. But how can business leaders enjoy the same IT-as-a-service model when employing a mix of public cloud and on-premise IT?"

This acquisition fits within HPE's bigger scheme to expand its cloud services. Earlier this month, the company's acquisition of SimpliVity expanded its ability to offer hyperconverged infrastructure, which combines compute, storage and networking into preconfigured systems that are controlled by software and make management simpler. (See HPE Buys SimpliVity for $650M in Hyperconverged Cloud Play.)

A recent report by IDC found that HPE was one of the leaders in cloud infrastructure with $1.25 billion in revenues and about a 15% market share during the third quarter of 2016. (See Cisco Gains, Dell & HPE Lose on Cloud Infrastructure - Analyst.)

The announcement did not say how many Cloud Cruiser employees would come over to HPE when the deal closes, although co-founder and CEO David Zabrowski will move to HPE. Cloud Cruiser has $19.8 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.

— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud. Follow him on Twitter @zdeferguson.

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About the Author(s)

Scott Ferguson

Managing Editor, Light Reading

Prior to joining Enterprise Cloud News, he was director of audience development for InformationWeek, where he oversaw the publications' newsletters, editorial content, email and content marketing initiatives. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief of eWEEK, overseeing both the website and the print edition of the magazine. For more than a decade, Scott has covered the IT enterprise industry with a focus on cloud computing, datacenter technologies, virtualization, IoT and microprocessors, as well as PCs and mobile. Before covering tech, he was a staff writer at the Asbury Park Press and the Herald News, both located in New Jersey. Scott has degrees in journalism and history from William Paterson University, and is based in Greater New York.

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