HP rolls out managed private cloud for public sector

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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  • Quite a few problems for HP on the Cloud

    First, HP is notoriously well-know for being a follower rather than a leader, this is something that they recognize even within the company itself as its corporate identity, no risk, no leading, and HP will settle for low profits.

    Second, HP does not have a single established business other than its enterprise cloud that subsidizes its cloud operations, while both Amazon and Google do.

    So, these two facts alone mean that if you adopt the HP cloud, the technology available to you will be years behind that of its competitors.

    Both Amazon and Google are building massive state-of-the-art data centers all around the world, your access and reliability can only benefit from their massive investment which run into the tens of billions of dollars.

    HP is way behind the curve on datacenter construction, and HP is decades behind on talent and processes for datacenter management, migration their cloud means more risk.

    Finally, due to the subsidized nature of the cloud businesses at Amazon and Google, Jeff Bezos himself announced on CNET that he anticipates an Enterprise Cloud services price war with Google, and suggested that not only will enterprise cloud services be cheaper than hardware, but that the cost for entry level enterprise cloud services could eventually go to zero. How? Google makes its money on advertising .... Amazon makes its money on retail and advertising so they are in the game to win.

    HP will not be in the cloud business for very long because they took WAY, WAY, WAY too long to recognize the shift that was happening, this happened because their legacy businesses got in the way, HP is a massive bureaucracy that ignores information and cannot react quickly enough to emerging trends.

    HP, is already running into trouble with its current core businesses, the consumer and PC
    • Not so fast

      HP is similar to Apple in as much as it does build hardware. With the moonshot servers, quite possibly a very thin appliance for access to cloud services tailored to the security required to meet site accreditation, the conclusion isn't set in stone.


      If I were to ask: who has the current upper hand? MSFT or HP I think most people would say MSFT. And that is essentially due to their directory services.

      Moonshot with thumb-print two factor on thin devices? Could MSFT build it?

      According to market share analysis Ubuntu is the clear early winner where hosting costs might be the last consideration in the equation.

      But Ubuntu doesn't make hardware either, hmmmmmm

      I wonder the costs of moving from provider to provider for hosting, probably as expensive of simply changing web DNS. When you look at web hosting costs, you expect that the price will drop. But the server market is still very wide open.
  • Hp cloud

    Hp you have lost your minds we the people do not like the cloud do you like to lose will you will the clonus is unsafe and hackers love it so I say he'll no to the cloud