If you're not a public cloud provider, you may not be a private cloud supplier either
This is a surprising move by HP, but being a public cloud competitor takes a big captial investment over a long period, and HP saw the writing on the wall. The idea that there will be a private cloud that is somewhat distinct from the public cloud market, however, may prove illusory. In the long run, enterprises are going to want a data center environment that resembles that of their public cloud provider. That's why VMware, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and IBM are still in the hunt but others are falling by the wayside. Each claims to be able to bridge those two worlds.