Bill Hilf. (Microsoft Photo)

Bill Hilf, the executive who helped Microsoft warm up to open-source technologies nearly a decade ago, has left the company to join Hewlett-Packard.

Hilf has joined HP as its vice president of converged cloud products and services. He actually made the move over the summer, but it hadn’t previously been reported. HP executive Margaret Dawson mentioned the hire at a GigaOM conference yesterday, and Wired followed up with confirmation.

(Update: Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reported this back in June, although it wasn’t officially confirmed then.)

He had most recently been Microsoft’s general manager of Windows Azure product management. Responding to an inquiry from GeekWire this afternoon, Hilf shared more about his new role, including the fact that he’s working under another former Microsoft exec, Bill Veghte. Here’s part of what Hilf had to say.

My role is to look across HP (which is massive) and drive product/services management for the pan-HP cloud portfolio. We are focusing on hybrid cloud for enterprises, and deeply involved with OpenStack as the core platform we will build on. So I’m having a lot of fun jumping back into my open source roots, the OpenStack momentum reminds me a *lot* of the early days of the Linux evolution, so it’s a very fast paced and exciting time to be part of this.

We are not going after the AWS or Azure space in terms of mass audience, low-cost generic public cloud – our focus is on helping enterprise customers build clouds as they see fitting their specific needs. I believe most enterprises will have hybrid cloud solutions for a range of reasons (security, privacy, regulatory/compliance, data sovereignty, etc.) and our strategy and portfolio will focus on helping them build these types of clouds that span public, private or managed (outsourced). HP has all the assets to do this better than anyone, from hardware, software, services, global reach and local presence, etc., and I get to paint with that awesome palette!

Hilf is based in downtown Seattle but travels to Silicon Valley frequently in the role. He’s also still running his non-profit program High Five Hope, which uses basketball and other team sports to teach and help homeless and imprisoned kids in the Philippines.

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  • Christopher Budd

    There’s been a quiet but steady migration of Microsoft people over to HP in the past year or two. Some directly from Microsoft and some after having been at Amazon.

    I admit that I’m surprised because I view HP as a company in serious trouble.

  • Guest

    Weird to jump from Azure to HP of all places. The Azure team is one of the only teams in MS that’s kicking ass.

  • T. Ruth Hurts

    From one yawn to another yawn. Vegthe to Hilf to barzdukas and Ozzie…these are all yesterday’s news, the legacy team who continue to milk corporate America for executive roles. Who’s next? Let me guess, Reller. Folks, please, just retire and leave tech to real innovators who put their necks, credit cards, marriages and credibility on the line to develop a dream. Something very few Microsoft or HP executives ever did/do/or will do. But they are expected to reinvent HP’s invent….how? They never invented a thing. I am tired of reading about Microsoft “celebrities” and thier recycled careers. The party is over, stop making lame statements about Linux, “the cloud”, mobile. It didn’t happen in MS and for sure it will not happen in HP.

    • Guest

      Right. They’re famous, whereas you’re an internet troll.

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