Hewlett-Packard is getting serious about its cloud solution game with the introduction of Converged Cloud, a stealth portfolio of services designed for enterprise customers with hybrid cloud environments.
Touted as "the industry’s first strategy and portfolio based on a single architecture," the HP Converged Cloud literally converges elements and services for private, managed and public clouds with traditional IT for providing seamless access to cloud-based infrastructures, applications and information anywhere at any time.
Thomas Ryan, vice president of marketplace and ecosystem within HP's Cloud Services unit, explained to me that HP's new services rethink cloud delivery for enterprise needs with abilities such as compute capability in a public cloud and scalable online storage capacity.
Ryan pointed towards the integration of open source technology via OpenStack, offering more choices, comfort and flexibility to enterprise customers so that they're not locked down with a single vendor. Furthermore, the Converged Cloud was built upon a standards-based approach for working within a partner ecosystem.
Some of the new services being rolled out as a part of the Converged Cloud include HP Cloud Maps, a set of pre-packaged templates to produce apps ready for push-button deployment, and virtual application networks for combating the bottlenecks in workflows seen with older, legacy networks.
HP Cloud Services will roll out its initial offering, including HP's public Infrastructure-as-a-Service, in public beta mode on Thursday, May 10.
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