HP announced the Helion Network, an attempt to create an ecosystem of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers that will drive adoption of open standards-based hybrid cloud services.
The network is essentially a meeting ground for those developing cloud solutions that are, at various degrees, HP-centric. Those that join the Helion network have a chance to tap into a wider customer base for cloud that harnesses HP and partner technology and expertise.
Service providers in the network can sell each other's cloud solutions as well. HP says the Helion Network will be hardware-agnostic.
It will also provide access to HP training, collateral and go-to-market support. TheHelion Network will become a part of a wider portfolio the company announced recently, including HP's own Helion OpenStack distribution, and the Helion Development Platform (a Platform-as-a-Service offering based on the open source PaaS technology Cloud Foundry). Both OpenStack and Cloud Foundry form the basis of HP’s Helion cloud strategy.
It will also be assisted by the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which includes many service providers and cloud deployments around the world. Network participants, such as initial partners AT&T, HKT, Intel and Synapsis, will also work with HP to evolve the network.
“Global enterprises grapple with a daunting array of cloud products and services across locations, which creates challenges that include security, data sovereignty, interoperability and quality of service,” said Martin Fink, executive vice president and CTO of HP. “The HP Helion Network leverages HP’s expertise gained from running OpenStack technology at scale and our ability to unite service providers and technology partners. Together, we’re building a federated ecosystem that enables organizations to deploy services on the right platform at the right time and at the right cost.”
Its enterprise offerings will include:
- An open, secure and agile hybrid IT environment with no vendor lock-in, which enables workload portability between on- and off-premises environments.
- Access to an expanded enterprise-grade cloud services portfolio that includes horizontal and vertical applications, as well as network-enhanced services such as secure cloud networking, enabling customers to meet local and multinational hybrid requirements.
- The ability to meet country-specific data regulations regarding data sovereignty, retention and protection.
“Our enterprise customers are looking for a secure cloud solution for applications that require heightened levels of information protection, allowing them to gain economic, speed and control benefits,” said Andrew Geisse, CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. “We are excited to integrate our patented NetBond technology with HP Helion and look forward to finding ways to further extend these capabilities across The HP Helion Network ecosystem.”