At the HP Discover event this week in Barcelona, HP (HPQ) announced an expansion of its cloud portfolio, with new services and solutions to help embrace new delivery models, greater agility, and improved security for hybrid environments.
The HP CloudSystem includes a new consumer-inspired user interface, simplified management tools and an improved deployment process that enable customers to set up and deploy a complete private cloud environment in just hours. At its foundation it bursts to multiple public cloud platforms, including three new ones: Microsoft Windows Azure, and platforms from Arsys, a European-based cloud computing provider, and SFR, a French telecommunications company. OpenStack is also built in to the hybrid cloud architecture, providing customers a hardened OpenStack distribution that is easy to install and manage.
CloudSystem also incorporates the new HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform, a management solution for delivering secure cloud services across public or private clouds. The management platform also integrates HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) version 4.0 and includes native support for both HP CloudOS with OpenStack and the open-source standard TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications),.
HP is also expanding its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering with a range of VPC solutions, from standardized self service to a customized, fully managed service model. All HP VPC solutions deliver the security and control of a private cloud in a flexible, cost-effective, multitenant cloud environment. The latest version of HP Managed VPC now allows customers to choose among virtual or physical configurations, multiple tiers of storage, hypervisors and network connectivity types.
“The reality today is that CIOs want and need the benefits of cloud computing, but they are dealing with the complexities of a hybrid IT environment,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, HP Cloud. “HP Cloud solutions provide enterprises with a holistic and simplified approach for deploying, securing and managing workloads across hybrid delivery models, ensuring a successful cloud journey.”