HP beefs up its converged cloud services, launches Cloud OS

HP updates its Converged Cloud portfolio with features to reduce cost for cloud environments and releases OpenStack-based HP Cloud OS platform

HP has updated its Converged Cloud portfolio with features to reduce cost for hybrid cloud environments. The company has also released HP Cloud OS, an OpenStack-based cloud technology platform that facilitates workload portability, it announced at HP Discover 2013 event.

The Cloud OS service will be pre-integrated with its private cloud service, HP CloudSystem, and with its public and managed cloud services. It will also be offered with HP Moonshot servers before the end of the year.

The company’s OpenStack-based hybrid cloud services come as its research showed that the future of the cloud is “hybrid and open”. Its research showed that by 2016, 75% of enterprise IT delivered across private, managed and public clouds, making it a hybrid cloud world.

Half of the respondents also said that they believed that open standards are important in the emergence of cloud computing.

This indicates that customers want an open, hybrid cloud solution to generate new opportunities, drive competitive differentiation and lower the cost of operations, according to the company.

“For enterprises to deliver the new style of IT, they need control over their data, as well as flexibility in service levels and delivery models for their workloads,” said Bill Veghte, chief operations officer (COO), HP.

HP has also updated its Converged Cloud suite with features that will improve IT agility and reduce the cost for hybrid cloud infrastructures, it said. It has also released software and services to speed up the deployments of its private, public and managed clouds within enterprises.

HP’s new software and services for private and public cloud

Among the software and service updates in its Converged Cloud portfolio is HP Professional Services – the service that claims to help customers take advantage of the cloud and improve cloud deployments. The company’s own research revealed that nearly half of the respondents (43%) said that finding the right strategic partner to get them started was a barrier to cloud adoption.

Another service is called HP Enterprise Services aimed to address increased customer needs for mobile and enterprise applications. HP also released Financial Services to help enterprises align capital investment in cloud projects to meet business need and have capacity on demand to save on resource-costs.

Among the enhancements to its public cloud are – larger instance types to help users to run big data analytics and high-performance computing workloads in the public cloud; improved security services for users trying to connect to public clouds from their on-site network; and a new Bulk Import Service that speeds application delivery by letting users upload data directly into HP Cloud Block Storage and HP Cloud Object Storage.

Lastly, HP launched Cloud OS Sandbox free of charge to allow users to experiment and evaluate the benefits of an OpenStack technology for their particular business needs.

HP’s release of Cloud OS and updates to its private, public and managed cloud services comes as cloud war intensifies with traditional suppliers such as VMware, Dell and IBM unveiling cloud services.

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