New HP Converged Cloud Spans Public, Private, Managed Services
Businesses can mix and match cloud services within existing IT environment to meet changing needs, vendor says.
Hewlett-Packard Co. this week took the wraps off its Converged Cloud, a structure for its public, private and managed cloud services with “hardened” OpenStack open source software for businesses to build cloud infrastructures around HP and non-HP equipment.
The idea supporting Converged Cloud is that enterprises naturally gravitate to a hybrid approach because most don’t want to abandon their existing IT but prefer instead to incorporate it into a more efficient, easily adaptable approach.
“HP Converged Cloud enables enterprises to incorporate a blend of public, private and managed cloud services with their existing IT to create a seamless hybrid environment that rapidly adapts to their changing requirements,” said Bill Veghte, HP software chief strategy officer and executive vice president.
HP’s Cloud Services, its public cloud, will move from private to public beta on May 10, debuting with an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering lined up to compete with public cloud heavyweights Amazon and Google.
The offering provides on-demand compute instances or virtual machines, scalable online storage capacity and accelerated delivery of cached content to end users.
In addition, HP also will offer on May 10 a relational database service for MySQL and a block storage service to support movement of data from one compute instance to another.
HP said that it also will offer Cloud Maps, an add-on to its CloudSystem cloud building software, featuring a set of prepackaged templates to reduce the time to create new cloud services; Service Virtualization, testing gear for cloud developers to assess a new cloud service or mobile application without disrupting production systems; and, Virtual Application Network, to give cloud builders a smoother path to develop new cloud services on legacy networks.
Two new networking services—Virtual Network Protection and Network Cloud Optimization—set a security baseline for common threats at the network virtualization management layer, and improves cloud-based service delivery compared to traditional downloads, respectively.
Customers who prefer not to manage their own cloud can outsource management with HP’s Enterprise Cloud Services. In addition, HP is offered Engineering Cloud Transformation Services to assist product development and engineering design teams to move to the cloud, and new Cloud Security Alliance training courses to help clients gain knowledge to avoid security pitfalls associated with cloud solutions.