HP originally announced its Helion cloud strategy back in May 2014, and after some six months of backroom work the business has finally launched some products to back up the strategy.
As of today HP will be delivering a fully-supported, commercial version of OpenStack software and a fully integrated development environment based on Cloud Foundry technology. The new HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Development Platform are designed to work together and between them deliver an integrated IaaS and PaaS solution that according to HP is “both highly-available and developer-friendly.”
Today’s announcement includes a number of innovations since the initial launch including:
- Support for multiple programming languages including Java, Ruby, Node.js, PHP, Python and Perl
- Implementation of OpenStack Trove with built-in high-availability with Cloud Foundry offering a fully-integrated database-as-a-service
- Choice of multiple database and queuing services options, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ, Redis, Memcache and Trove (MySQL)
- Docker containers that can be deployed without any work on part of the developer
- Fully-integrated scale-out object storage solution based on OpenStack Swift, called HP Helion Content Depot
- Built-in support for HP StoreVirtual VSA, a virtual storage appliance with Cinder integration
To support the systems HP is also adding two new support solutions, HP Helion Ready and HP Helion Developer Network. HP Helion Ready is aimed at those providing ISV and SaaS solutions and is aimed at creating a standard to demonstrate they have the correct HP Helion skills and has the benefits of HPs technical, sales and marketing benefits. HP Helion Developer Network, is aimed at third party developers and includes coding workshop, hangouts, and meetups where developers can meet fellow technical enthusiasts via forums.
Additionally HP has also announced the first optimised solution for HP Helion, HP Helion Content Depot, designed to specifically address the growing need for the storage of unstructured data.
HP Helion Content Depot is a complete open-source private cloud storage solution that can either be deployed in their own data centres or in data centres owned by HP or its partners. The scale out content storage solution is built with HP Helion OpenStack (featuring Swift) together with HP ProLiant servers, and HP Networking. HP claims it is “highly available and secure” - data can be replicated across 3 or more devices, ensuring data is always available, even with a device failure.
HP Helion Content Depot includes a fully tested and validated reference architecture to support the following industries and usage cases;
- Media – storage of videos, animations, and still images
- Web Content – photo and video sharing, email, social media
- Health Data – storage of patient records and medical images
- Genomic Data – storage of genomic data
Integration with OpenStack Keystone provides identity management. Additional security features include optional in-flight data encryption and optional data-at-rest encryption using HP Atalla encryption products.