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Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:58

Manage your cloud sprawl with HPE’s cloud service broker

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A new HPE cloud broker tool due in 2016 promises proactive cloud management to help businesses rapidly deploy and manage a mix of traditional IT, private and public cloud environments

At HPE’s Discover event in London this week the business announced a new managed service that’s designed to allow businesses to provision, access, consolidate and securely control services across multiple cloud workloads and providers.

The new HPE Helion Managed Cloud Broker (HMCB) is aimed at businesses looking to create hybrid solutions and who want a single view point of all of their public and private clouds, and virtualised platforms with a central portal to orchestrate the private and public clouds and will presumably compete with RedHats CloudForms and open source project ManageIQ.

Due for launch in 2016, HMCB will support HPE Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud, HPE Helion CloudSystem, and HPE Helion OpenStack, a range of public cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services among others, and virtualised platforms including VMWare.

At Discover HPE’s Director, Helion SaaS Portfolio Service, Sita Lowman said the cloud broker solution is there for business looking to “balance the build v’s buy equation” With the solution allowing businesses to be able to choose between a number of options including; “HPE building (the application) for the client on premise, or build it in the HPE datacentre, or provide the individual HPE software for the client to build the solution.”

Other features include:

  • A self-service portal with direct interface to service providers
  • Security and performance management
  • Financial management and budget controls
  • Compliance management and audit functionality
  • Catalog and subscription management
  • Subscription lifecycle management
  • Service request submission and management
  • Monitoring tools
  • Dashboards and reports
  • Software and HPE Operations Bridge Software.

Additionally for those brave enough to want to build their own Cloud Service Broker, HPE offers software products and services, including:

  • Cloud Service Broker Advisory & Platform Services - advisory services including workshops, roadmap, architecture, design and implementation services to define and implement policies, governance and support.
  • HPE Propel – software that aggregates applications and services from multiple sources
  • HPE Service Anywhere – a SaaS based IT service management software solution that allows end users to get real-time support
  • HPE Cloud Service Broker Support and Education – multi-vendor hardware, software and education services
  • HPE Flexible Capacity - a pay as you go cloud experience for on premises IT.

“Global organisations manage hundreds of cloud resources across multiple vendors all while trying to be agile, secure and cost effective,” said Exec David Diedrich, VP & Chief Tech Officer, Global IS Technology, Mondelez. “Bringing all of those resources together on a virtual ‘single pane of glass’ is a game changer that will modernize the life cycle of cloud deployments within the enterprise.”

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