HP releases commercial OpenStack

Hewlett-Packard has released the commercial version of its Helion OpenStack software for building private clouds, along with a development platform for creating cloud-native applications.

Based on the open source Cloud Foundry project,  the commercial version of Helion OpenStack could give enterprises looking for an OpenStack platform comfort because it is fully supported round the clock by a major vendor. The version is also hardened for increased reliability, HP says.

For qualified customers, indemnification for copyright, patent or trade secret infringement or misappropriation claims directed to OpenStack technology, alone or in combination with Linux code, is available.

Helion is the umbrella brand for all of HP’s cloud offerings.

There have been a number of improvements to the platform since the launch of the free version of Helion OpenStack earlier this year, HP said. These include support for multiple programming languages such as Java, Ruby, Node.js, PHP, Python and Perl; implementation of OpenStack Trove with built-in high-availability with Cloud Foundry, allowing enterprises to offer database-as-a-service; a choice of multiple database and queuing services options, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ, Redis, Memcache and Trove.

In addition, it now uses Docker containers, allowing the flexible scheduling of cloud-native applications into compute resources across deployments without any work by a developer.

Helion OpenStack is priced at  US$1,400 per server for an annual subscription, with multiyear and volume discounts beginning at 50 nodes.

To address storage, HP announced Helion Content Depot, built on Helion OpenStack, which  extends a customer’s existing storage environment. Developers can access a private cloud based Content Depot using OpenStack Swift Object Storage RESTful APIs to store and retrieve content.

 Helion Development Platform and Content Depot prices vary based on model and customer configurations. 24×7 and 12 hour support options available.


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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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