HP Lauds Unified Cloud Services

HP Lauds Unified Cloud Services
Hewlett-Packard kicks off its HP Discover user conference with a bevy of new cloud software packages and services
By Joab Jackson
News Jun 7th 2012

Hewlett-Packard kicked off its annual HP Discover user conference, being held in Las Vegas this week, with a number of new cloud computing offerings, emphasizing a single architecture that can be used across both in-house and public clouds.

"Regardless of whether we're helping people build a cloud, or if a customer consumes cloud services from us, [what HP offers] is built on one architecture," said Steve Dietch, HP enterprise vice president for worldwide cloud operations.

The company has updated software for managing cloud deployments and introduced a new set of certificates as well as a cloud-based service tailored for the airline industry.

HP has applied many of the upgrades to its flagship CloudSystem, a collection of technologies and services for running IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) deployments in-house or through a managed service. Previously, CloudSystem provided users with the ability to move their workloads from internal HP CloudSystem deployments to a hosted environment run by Savvis, which uses VMware's vCloud cloud management software. 

CloudSystem will now offer customers the ability to move workloads to other providers as well, through Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) or HP's own hosted pay-as-you-go services, which rely on OpenStack. 

The company has also carved out individual components of its CloudSystem package for stand-alone use.