Hewlett Packard Enterprise stepped up its hybrid cloud offensive with the acquisition of Cloud Cruiser, the vendor of a cloud IT consumption, metering and analytics platform.
HPE said the acquisition of the six-year-old, San Jose-based software maker would be a significant boost to its Flexible Capacity services program.
The Flexible Capacity services offering allows customers to buy HPE private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service based on the same monthly, fixed-fee, pay-as-you-go model that has fueled public cloud adoption. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
HPE is already Cloud Cruiser's largest customer. "This acquisition marks additional investment in HPE Flexible Capacity, to further differentiate and strengthen this high growth service," said HPE vice president of technology services support Scott Weller in a blog post.
When the transaction closes, Weller said, Cloud Cruiser will become an essential part of the Data Centre Care portfolio within the Technology Services Support organization.
"Flexible Capacity, a strategic and high-growth component of HPE's technology services portfolio, offers customers on-premise IT infrastructure with cloud economics," said Weller. "It enables our customers to manage IT infrastructure in their own data centre but pay for it as-a-service. This reduces the risk of organizations investing too much – or too little – in IT, eliminates unused capacity, and frees up valuable IT resources for new value-adding projects."
Cloud Cruiser co-founder and CEO David Zabrowski, who served as vice president and general manager of HP's Enterprise Computer Organization from 1997-2002, will report to Weller.
"Our relationship with HP started in 2010 as they became our first partner, first product integration, and our first joint customer win," said Zabrowski in a blog post.
"Looking forward, we are excited to bring our domain expertise to enhance HPE’s Flexible Capacity offering with support for Windows Azure Stack and other services, as well as continue our rapid pace of innovation in our SaaS app, Cloud Cruiser 16," Zabrowski added.