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While HP offers other SaaS services, including an online backup service through its Autonomy acquisition, this is the first time HP has offered a public cloud on which third-party partners can build additional Web services, HP's Padovani said.
HP already has over 80 technology partners developing products and services for the HP cloud, including partners developing applications and databases, as well as technologies for development and testing, monitoring and management, mobile, security and storage, he said.
HP developed its public cloud offering as part of a strategy to make it easy for customers to use both public and private clouds based on HP technology, Padovani said.
"Some companies are looking for a public cloud to burst data into," he said. "Others start with data in a public cloud and then move it into a private cloud. Customers like the idea of being able to use HP technology to move one way or the other."
HP is also currently working on programs for channel partners who bring HP cloud storage to customers and plans to unveil details by the end of the year, he said.
HP is also continuing to run other cloud offerings, including HP Cloud Block Storage and HP Cloud Relational Database for My SQL, in private beta.