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HP CIO Ramon Baez sees your future in the cloud

Joab Jackson | June 13, 2014
This week, at its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.

You have to go through this whole process of management change. It's more of a culture issue than a technology issue. But big data is alive and well, and there are so many tools that can give you those types of insights.

IDGNS: HP has offered cloud services for years, but in April the company announced it was unifying its services under the HP Helion nameplate. Was there a single moment at HP when executives decided to make cloud a major priority for the company?

Baez: I think what happened was, when the leadership had to make a decision about the HP cloud: Would it be proprietary, or would it be OpenStack? That was our eureka moment. That really changed our view of the cloud, how it could become something that many, many companies can go with. What we're finding is that many CIOs do want that openness. They're at HP for now, but if they want to move later they want to be able to do that easily.

When we were all talking about this, Martin Fink, our chief technology officer, asked if I was seeing [desire for openness] out there as well, and I did. That's when we all agreed that this is the direction we'd take.


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