HP's Converged Cloud Covers Public, Private, Hybrid Services


Hewlett-Packard Tuesday unveiled its Converged Cloud Services program, tying together several cloud programs so that businesses can take advantage of public, private and a hybrid mixture of cloud services.

The most recent part of the program is HP Cloud Services, the company’s public cloud, designed to compete with major public cloud players such as Amazon and Google, and allow businesses to utilize HP’s infrastructure, computing, and storage products. HP Cloud Services has been in private beta for eight months and will be publicly available May 10.

Businesses seeking to use HP Converged Cloud can move between private, public and hybrid clouds using common architecture and HP’s OpenStack, open-source platform to use different vendor’s products, HP said.

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The aim of extending HP Converged Cloud Services across all types of cloud services makes it a significant alternative to cloud rivals, said Biri Singh, senior vice president and general manager of HP Cloud Services. “This is not for onesey or twosey private cloud offerings, but an overarching strategy,” Singh said.

To tie together different cloud platforms, HP has enabled developers to use a variety of Cloud Services management tools and programming languages, such as Ruby, Java, PHP and Python.

Last year, HP introduced Enterprise Cloud Services – Compute, which provides server, storage, network and security for use as a service. Included in this grouping is HP Cloud Compute, which offers virtual servers on demand, and HP Cloud Object Storage, providing online storage capacity on-demand. HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage offer open APIs, and both have a Web-based portal which can be accessed by mobile devices.

Other features include HP Cloud Service Automation, which allows IT departments to move and manage apps across cloud platforms and traditional IT systems; and HP Cloud Maps, which makes it easier to automate business apps for deployment.

With this variety of features, HP Converged Cloud Services allows businesses to select cloud services to select according to their needs, said Steve Dietch, HP's vice president of Worldwide Cloud, Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking, and Technology Services.

“We are the industry’s first hybrid approach based on common architecture, spanning traditional IT, public and private clouds, using HP intellectual property, information management, open standards, and we support non-HP technology, whether its multiple hypervisors or multiple types of hardware,” Dietch said.

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