HP Counts 19 U.S. Cloud Centers of Excellence in 2011
Vendor expects a total of 40 centers open by October, 2011. Channel partners host facilities to offer live demonstrations of HP cloud solutions.
Hewlett-Packard Co. said that 19 U.S.-based HP Cloud Centers of Excellence have opened so far in 2011, with another 21 slated to debut in the next month.
The Cloud Centers of Excellence, which the vendor first unveiled last April, are demonstration sites hosted by channel partners where customers can view cloud computing solutions.
HPs Converged Infrastructure Architecture and its Cloud Service Automation software serve as the centers foundation and provide guidelines for building and managing cloud services in private, public and hybrid environments. The centers include HP servers, storage and networking, Tipping Point network security offerings and third-party applications.
Cloud enablement programs, training, incentives through HPs PartnerOne program and cloud professional services also are included as part of the program, designed to help partners build skills to construct a cloud practice.
HP said that it believes channel partners can expand cloud business opportunities by delivering to customers easily accessible demonstrations of cloud solutions and commanding industry-specific knowledge as evidenced through the centers.
Distributor Tech Data Corp. recently gained approval as an HP Cloud Center of Excellence by bringing the vendors CloudSystem platform to its TDCloud offering. The designation enables it to offer through its TDCloud Academy a series of HP Cloud Discovery Workshops and other training to help channel partners deploy cloud systems.
Peter Larocque, Synnex Corp. president, U.S. Distribution, said that by establishing an HP Cloud Center of Excellence built on HP Converged Infrastructure, we can substantiate the reality of servers, storage, networking, services and software functioning seamlessly as a private cloud to accelerate business results.