Thursday, May 8, 2014

HP's Helion Portfolio Pulls Together OpenStack Cloud Resources

HP introduced its "Helion" portfolio that brings together all of its resources in hardware, software, and services for private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions. The architectural vision for Helion is premised on OpenStack. HP also announced plans to invest more than $1 billion to support and deliver new open source cloud products and platforms in the new Helion portfolio in the years ahead.

“Customer challenges today extend beyond cloud. They include how to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid environment that spans multiple technology approaches,” said Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, HP. “HP Helion provides the solutions and expertise customers need to select the right deployment model for their needs and obtain the greatest return for their investment.”

As part of Helion, HP is introducing several new cloud products and services, including:

  • HP Helion OpenStack Community edition — a commercial product line of OpenStack that is delivered, tested and supported by HP. Available today, the community edition is a free version ideal for proofs of concept, pilots and basic production workloads. An enhanced commercial edition that addresses the needs of global enterprises and service providers will be released in the coming months.
  • HP Helion Development Platform — a Platform as a Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, offering IT departments and developers an open platform to build, deploy and manage applications quickly and easily. HP plans to release a preview version later this year.
  • HP’s OpenStack Technology Indemnification Program — protects qualified customers using HP Helion OpenStack code from third-party patent, copyright and trade-secret infringement claims directed to OpenStack code alone or in combination with Linux code.

  • HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services — a new practice made up of HP’s experienced team of consultants, engineers and cloud technologists to assist customers with cloud planning, implementation and operational needs.
HP Helion OpenStack–based cloud services will be made available globally via HP’s partner network of more than 110 service providers worldwide and in HP data centers.

HP noted that it currently operates more than 80 data centers in 27 countries. HP plans to provide OpenStack-based public cloud services in 20 data centers worldwide over the next 18 months.