At HP’s Discover 2015 conference in Las Vegas, the business announced updates to the HP Helion cloud portfolio to enable users to build hybrid infrastructures as well as enhancements to HP Helion Managed Cloud Services to manage enterprise workloads in a secure hosted cloud environment.
Businesses spend as much as 90% of their budgets keeping the lights on for current IT systems, but HP estimates enterprises can reduce costs by around 40% purely by migrating existing systems to a cloud-based architecture.
“Enterprise customers have a range of needs in moving to the cloud—some need to cloud-enable traditional workloads, while others seek to build next generation ‘cloud native’ apps using modern technologies like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and Docker,” said Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President, HP Helion Product and Service Management. “The expanded support for multiple hypervisors and cloud environments in HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 gives enterprises and service providers added flexibility to gain cloud benefits for their existing and new applications.”
HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 expands support for multiple hypervisors and multiple clouds and integrates HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform and includes new features and benefits including:
- Simultaneous support for multiple cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, HP Helion Public Cloud, OpenStack technology and VMware, with the ability to fully control of where workloads reside
- OpenStack software APIs are exposed to simplify and speed development and integration with other clouds and offers developer-friendly add-ons with the HP Helion Development Platform based on Cloud Foundry
- Support for multiple hypervisors, now including Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM, VMware vSphere, as well as bare metal deployments, offering customers additional choice and avoiding vendor lock-in
- Support for AWS-compatible private clouds through integration with HP Helion Eucalyptus, allowing the flexibility to deploy existing AWS workloads onto clouds they control
- Support for unstructured data through the Swift OpenStack Object Storage project
- HP Cloud Service Automation, provides management capabilities to control hybrid cloud environments and a built-in path to support distributed compute, efficient object storage and rapid cloud native application development
- A setup model delivered as a virtual appliance, allowing for installation in hours
Additionally HP Helion Managed Cloud Services will launch into beta HP Helion OpenStack Managed Private Cloud and HP Helion Eucalyptus Managed Private Cloud, both of which will be consumable as a service via an easy access portal.
In addition to these new beta offerings, HP Helion Managed Cloud Services will support the development of cloud native applications within a managed cloud service via the HP Helion Development Platform and automation of select virtual private cloud services.
HP Helion Managed Cloud Services features/benefits include:
- New automated provisioning capabilities through a self-service portal based on HP Cloud Service Automation, enabling clouds to be deployed more quickly
- Support for multiple platforms to enable hybrid cloud proof-of-concepts using HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Eucalyptus
- Cloud native application development capabilities through integration with the HP Helion Development Platform, allowing enterprises to rapidly develop, deploy and deliver cloud native apps
HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 is available as standalone software supporting a multiple vendor hardware environment or as a fully-integrated blade-based or hyper-converged infrastructure with HP ConvergedSystem. Availability is planned for later this year. HP Helion Managed Cloud enhancements are planned for availability later this year.