VIENNA — HP
is offering more cloud options to customers, from SMBs to enterprises to service providers.
At Discover 2011 being held here this week, Hewlett-Packard Co. made a slew of announcements around the cloud, with an emphasis on helping build a hybrid environment. For service providers, this means a new approach to cloud business models for service consumption. Other announcements address issues such as security concerns and lack of internal cloud skills.
HP says it will provide a complete cloud portfolio, so customers can run their own private clouds, runs apps in a secure business-grade public cloud, or take a hybrid approach. “No two customers are in the same place or will take this journey at the same pace, and when they get there the destination will change,” said Pete Karolczak, SVP and GM ITO, with HP’s Enterprise Services.
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On top of it cloud infrstructure services, HP will layer PaaS
HP will offer service level agreements as part of a secure, business-grade cloud.
Integration with Alcatel-Lucent technology will allow service providers to provision services over a carrier-class network.
“Public infrastructure services is just the beginning,” said Biri Singh, senior vice-president and general manager of HP Cloud Services. Layered on top of HP cloud infrastructure services (IaaS), HP will offer four services, including platform-as-a-service (PaaS), software-as-a-service (SaaS) and independent software vendor cloud hosting and integration, a cloud partner ecosystem, as well as hybrid cloud connectivity services.
“When we talk about SaaS for ISVs, they’re looking to host on secure, certified clouds,” said Singh. “HP will be one of many cloud providers, but we’re focused on a secure business-grade cloud.” As part of this, HP will offer service level agreements on its offering, but will not disclose the SLA terms until launch.
According to research firm Gartner Inc., through 2020, the most common use of cloud services will be a hybrid model combining on-premise and external cloud services.
To address this market, HP is integrating its CloudSystem with Alcatel-Lucent technology to allow service providers to provision and manage cloud resources over a carrier-class network. Its CloudAgile Service Provider Program will offer new certified hosting options for service providers to deliver private hosted clouds based on HP CloudSystem.
Today, applications in the cloud are typically managed disparately, so the idea is to manage IT infrastructure and network services from a single pane of glass, even allowing customers to sign up for premium services — increased bandwidth, for example — from their service provider, said Steve Dietch, vice-president of cloud solutions and infrastructure with HP.