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Rows of cabinets inside an HP research data center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

HP Helps Enterprises With OpenStack, General Cloud Interoperability

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Through its commitment to OpenStack, HP has added functionality to its public cloud and cloud architecture to help enterprises launch OpenStack-based hybrid clouds. HP is now delivering open-standards-based hybrid cloud solutions that IT teams can use to manage and secure multiple cloud environments, while maintaining flexibility without vendor lock-in.

The company is focusing on providing interoperable cloud solutions along with enterprise-grade security, manageability and control.

“With proprietary offerings, cloud users are trapped in single-vendor solutions, hindering industry collaboration and, therefore, innovation,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, HP Cloud. “HP’s partnership with the OpenStack Foundation enables us to be at the forefront of cloud innovation, but allows us to enhance our offerings to provide our customers with open, enterprise-grade cloud solutions and services to thrive in today’s hybrid world.”

OpenStack Horizon Powers the HP Public Cloud Console

The OpenStack Horizon project is in production as the core technology behind a public cloud management console—the new HP Public Cloud Console. Horizon is the standard  implementation of Openstack’s Dashboard, which provides a web-based user interface to OpenStack services including Nova, Swift, Keystone, and more.

Horizon provides a web-based user interface to OpenStack cloud services, allowing fast and easy provisioning of compute, storage, database, load balancing and other public cloud services. The Horizon-based HP Public Cloud Console offers improved simplicity and security via identity management capabilities, networking topology maps, and support for the new HP Cloud Relational Database service.

HP also is using Horizon with HP Cloud OS, the technology foundation for the HP hybrid cloud architecture. HP Cloud OS adds enterprise-grade features, such as role-based access and a common user interface. These new features increase security and governance, while providing simplicity of use and a common experience across all environments.

To simplify the cloud experience for IT administrators, HP is adding features to HP Cloud OS, including a new distribution network (CODN), simplified infrastructure provisioning and improved multi-region support. The HP Cloud OS enhancements are available via the Cloud OS technology preview.

HP Is Very Active in OpenStack Community

As with any open source project, OpenStack is developed by its community, which includes developers and and engineers across the globe. HP outlined the steps it has taken to establish a leadership position in the OpenStack community and across the OpenStack Foundation’s many projects. The company has contributed:

  • 100 HP employees participated in the Havana development cycle.
  • More than 20 core team members, including project technical leads for the latest Ironic, TripleO and Infrastructure projects, are from HP.
  • Five of the top 20 reviewers, across the OpenStack Projects, are from HP.
  • Two members to the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee, a board elected by community contributors, are from HP.

HP Offerings Implemented by Clients

HP’s clients, such as PeriShip, a leader in the shipping and receiving of perishable products, are realizing the benefits of HP’s open-standards-based cloud offerings.

“In choosing a cloud services provider, openness and flexibility were key to us because we need the ability to scale our business quickly without interrupting customer service,” said Jack Wang, chief information officer, PeriShip. “We considered a few cloud providers but chose HP because it offers an open and extensible cloud solution based on OpenStack technology, while also serving as a trusted partner on our cloud journey.”

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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