Singh says there's a market demand for such a broad, all-encompassing style. Enterprises want to move workloads across similar environments spanning these three areas (public and private cloud, and managed hosting). "What they get in their public cloud, they want in their private cloud, and vice versa," he says. "They want that interoperability ... and they want to build services and consume services based on what they've [already] got."
Enterprises will have heterogeneous environments, which is why he says HP has used the OpenStack ecosystem to work with partners like VMware, Microsoft and Red Hat, by support hypervisors from those companies. And while HP is packaging these OpenStack solutions -- including the latest virtual networking components -- they're also leveraging the open source code themselves as a basis to run the company's own cloud services. Singh calls the company's public cloud a "petri dish" of experiments running enterprise-grade public cloud workloads.
What enterprises care about is not vendor strategy and whether it's a single stack or a multi-stack approach, though, Singh says -- they care about the SLAs and the cloud just working. "The technology stack matters less and less and core characteristics like SLA, automation, orchestration, deployment and enabling those things are what's important," Singh says. "And that's the flag HP carries."