HP reorgs cloud biz as Marten Mickos cedes key responsibilities

Marten Mickos, the former Eucalyptus CEO who became HP’s top cloud guy in September when HP bought Eucalyptus, is turning over key responsibilities to three other HP executives, according to an internal email message viewed by Gigaom.

Mickos, who carried the title of senior vice president and general manager of [company]HP[/company] cloud, will now focus on “customer engagement and advocacy,” according to email he sent to staff on Monday. HP had no comment for this story; the company is slated to announce its first quarter earnings on Tuesday.

As for day-to-day cloud operations, Bill Hilf will take on product strategy, Kerry Bailey will lead sales, and Mark Interrante will head up engineering. And this triumvirate will also work with [company]HP[/company] CTO Martin Fink, according to the memo.

In addition, Ning Wang who was CFO at Eucalyptus before moving on to HP, is leaving her job in cloud operations to take on another as-yet-unnamed role.

Mickos used to position Eucalyptus as an alternative/competitor to OpenStack, although that stance softened last year.

What’s happening now looks like the HP-ization of Eucalpytus, a company whose claim to fame was offering a private cloud that supported key Amazon Web Services APIs.

Given those roots, it remains unclear just how much HP Helion will carry over that AWS API support. Before buying Eucalyptus, HP said it was pulling that support from its public cloud.

It also bears mentioning that in late January, HP included Mickos on the list of key execs that would be part of the HP Enterprise entity once the company breaks itself into two parts.

Some have wondered how long Mickos would stick around at HP. He was also CEO of MySQL and helped sell that company to Sun Microsystems in 2008 and left the company a year later.

Note: This story was updated at 6:08 a.m. PST on February 24 to add more context on Eucalyptus positioning.