HP launches Cloud OS

LAS VEGAS – Hewlett-Packard has created an OpenStack-based cloud-based operating system that will help users streamline their process of rolling out services on both private and public cloud environments.

The HP Cloud OS is now available to users who purchase HP Cloud Systems, but the software will come installed on the new release of HP’s Moonshot servers later this year, Saar Gillai, vice-president of HP converged cloud services said Wednesday at the HP Discover 2013 event here.

He said Cloud OS reduces the complexity of delivering services by streamlining the installation process by cutting the number of packages that would have been installed one at a time.

Used with Moonshot, Cloud OS provides users with an architecture that can scale similar to infrastructures used by Web companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google with a virtualized operating environment. This helps organization reduce the capital expenditure by cutting hardware cost, Gillai said.


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“We’re bridging the gap between private and public cloud,” he said. “HP Cloud OS will provide the foundation for our common architecture for the HP converged cloud.”

HP Cloud OS will be based on a stock version of the OpenStack suite of infrastructure hosting software but comes with features not well supported by the infrastructure hosting suite, said Patricia Wilkey, global director of enterprise cloud service of HP.

She said Cloud OS also allows HP’s channel partners offer their customers software-as-a-service.

Hybrid clouds built on HP’s technology can be tightly integrated with the HP Cloud not just through an interface but through a common architecture, she said.

“Cloud OS brings private and hybrid clouds within the range of SMBs,” Wilkey said. “ISVs have a choice of either running their cloud services in their cloud or our own data centres in 23 locations around the world.”


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