I’m not sad that HP is going to shutter the Helion Public Cloud service in 2016. On the technical side, it worked very well given that it was built on top of OpenStack. Nova, Cinder, Neutron, and all of the other familiar components were renamed to match the goal of Helion. Unfortunately the renames came at the cost of API restructuring, adding changes that may have not been desired. As a user, coding against the API was difficult and proved to be a moving target at times. I never narrowed down if it was an inconsistent endpoint or simply due to engineers making hot code changes in production. I don’t think I care to find out at this point.
Hopefully the team members that worked so hard on HP Public Cloud will find their skills useful elsewhere.