HP launches 'lean' version of Helion Managed VPC

Summary:The Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud Lean targets organizations with lighter workloads and tighter budgets, with a starting cost of $168 per month for a small virtual server configuration.

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HP announced Tuesday that it will now offer a trimmed down version of its cloud-based, infrastructure-as-a-service product.

The Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud Lean targets organizations with lighter workloads and tighter budgets, with a starting cost of $168 per month for a small virtual server configuration.

The Lean VPC offers most of the features offered in the traditional managed cloud, such as compute clustering and virtualization, backup and retention options, as well as additional management services from SAP HANA.

Jim Fanella, VP of workload and cloud for HP Enterprise Services, said in a statement:

HP already offers a feature-rich industry-leading managed virtual private cloud offering for enterprise customers. The new HP Helion Managed VPC Lean now delivers a lower-priced alternative designed to enable clients to further optimize cloud workloads in the enterprise — while still providing superior, enterprise-class service and performance.

HP has been on a mission as of late to expand the footprint of its Helion cloud services. In June, the computing giant launched the Helion Network , an effort that aims to combine ISVs, developers, integrators and resellers with the company's cloud services. That announcement was followed a week later with the launch of Helion Managed Services, with HP positioning the platform as an alternative to owning and managing storage assets.

HP has offered a managed consumption base model for more than 14 years, but said the Helion platform gives users more control over their IT resources.

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Topics: Cloud, Hewlett-Packard

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