HP rolls out managed private cloud for public sector

Summary:As part of its Helion portfolio, the platform is basically a replica of its commercial-focused enterprise cloud service, tweaked for the government sector.

It seems as though HP isn't letting massive job cuts stand in its way of building out its cloud portfolio.

The computing giant on Tuesday announced the launch of the Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector — basically a replica of its commercial-focused enterprise cloud service, tweaked for the government sector. 

The platform offers a managed, dedicated private cloud that enables federal, state and local governments to implement a shared service model across multiple departments, HP said.

There's also a big focus on security, both internally and externally. HP said the platform improves the overall security plan of agencies over time while also handling certification and regulatory compliance needs of the federal government.

Stacy Cleveland, director of global practices for the US public sector, HP Enterprise Services, said the platform will allow defense, civilian and other organizations to lower their IT costs.

Given HP's recent quarterly earnings report, which revealed that nearly every one of the company's business units saw a year-over-year revenue drop, the company needs to convince potential customers of benefits beyond security and cost. Still, the company is betting big on Helion, announcing earlier this month that it will invest more than $1 billion within the Helion portfolio over the next two years.

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Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Software, Hewlett-Packard

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