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HP Cloud 28+ on course to go live in December 2015 with 200 members

HP's push to create a one-stop-shop for European Union cloud users is on course, claims Europe, Middle-East and Africa vice-president

Hewlett-Packard (HP) claims to be on course to meet its target of having 200 independent software suppliers, resellers and service providers participating in its Europe-wide Cloud 28+ project by the end of 2015.

The initiative was formally launched by HP in March 2015 after a year of preparation, and is geared towards driving up adoption of off-premise technologies across the continent by providing users with a centralised catalogue of cloud services.

Since its launch date, HP has been working to ready the contents of the catalogue to make it available for use by commercial and public sector organisations in the 28 European Union (EU) member states by the end of 2015.

Speaking to Computer Weekly, Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, Europe, Middle-East and Africa vice-president of HP Cloud, said 85 organisations have already registered their support for the project.

“We are moving at the [necessary] speed, as we wanted to have 200 organisations by the end of 2015. We are currently in the process of seeding the system with cloud services descriptions,” he said.

“My expectation is that we will open the service officially in December 2015 at HP Discover [in London],” he added.

Between then and now, Beauchamps said his focus will be on enticing more members of the reseller community to sign up and participate in Cloud 28+ because of the important role they have to play in driving demand for cloud services in the enterprise.

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“I’m very happy we have more and more resellers coming in. For me, that’s very important, as the move to cloud will go through resellers because they are the trusted advisors of commercial enterprise. 

“Resellers are able to feed the need of their customers with an option to build and consume cloud services,” he said.

Driving European cloud adoption forward 

The central aim of Cloud 28+ shares some parallels with the European Commission’s Digital Single Market vision, which seeks to provide EU member states with a central marketplace from which they can procure digital services.

Beauchamps said HP is taking an active interest in the European Commission’s work, and is hopeful it may encourage users to make use of the Cloud 28+ catalogue once it goes live.

“Cloud 28+ certainly suits the expectations of the Digital Single Market in many circumstances. It will be interesting for the ecosystem to use Could 28+, and for the European Commission to see projects like this answering the question of how creating a Digital Single Market could be achieved,” he said.

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