HP to invest $1bn in open-source cloud computing, launches Helion portfolio

HP to invest $1bn in open-source cloud computing, launches Helion portfolio

Summary: Hewlett-Packard plans to invest over $1 billion in developing cloud products and services.

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Hewlett-Packard will invest over $1 billion in open-source cloud computing products and services over the next two years.

The tech giant announced on Wednesday that its OpenStack-based public cloud service, set under a portfolio dubbed HP Helion, will become available in 20 data centers over the next two years. HP Helion includes HP's existing cloud products, new OpenStack-based services, and both professional and support services to assist businesses in building and managing hybrid IT environments.

As part of HP Helion's launch, the company has introduced several new cloud products and services, including:

  • HP Helion OpenStack Community edition: A free cloud platform suitable for proofs of concept, pilots and basic production workloads. An enhanced commercial edition targeting global enterprises and service providers will be released in the coming months.
  • HP Helion Development Platform: A Platform as a Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, offering IT departments and developers an open platform to build, deploy and manage applications.
  • HP's OpenStack Technology Indemnification Program: Protects qualified customers using HP Helion OpenStack code from third-party patent, copyright and trade-secret infringement claims.
  • HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services: A new practice made up of HP's consultants, engineers and cloud technologists to assist customers with cloud planning, implementation and operation.

HP says that over $1 billion will be invested within the Helion portfolio over the next two years, and the move to release OpenStack-based free software will join HP to the ranks of Red Hat and Oracle, which already offer OpenStack-based cloud hosting.

The firm currently operates more than 80 data centers across 27 countries.

OpenStack is a cloud computing project contributed heavily to by HP. The collaborative effort includes players such as NASA, Rackspace, Intel, IBM and VMware. The non-profit aims to support interoperability between cloud providers and the open-source cloud computing platform is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license.

HP has run OpenStack cloud services within the enterprise for the last three years, and says that as a result, the company has learnt that "organizations require solutions that are open, secure and agile." In prepared remarks, Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer at HP said:

"Customer challenges today extend beyond cloud. They include how to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid environment that spans multiple technology approaches. HP Helion provides the solutions and expertise customers need to select the right deployment model for their needs and obtain the greatest return for their investment."

Last week, HP clinched a deal with electronics manufacturer Foxconn to make servers specifically for businesses that provide cloud computing services.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Cloud

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  • Seems like a lot of Open Source is moving to the Apache License

    Such an important one too.
    MeMyselfAndI_z
  • Too little and too late....

    Ok, so here is the game, OpenStack is pretty kewl if you are building 1st generation data centers for IaaS.

    IaaS is the whole "Rent a Virtual Server" thing that Amazon EC2 is all about.

    Amazon is doing pretty well doing their EC2 thing, but Amazon uses their Cloud Services to run their own retail on-line business, so their capital costs are unavoidable and necessary.

    HP does not have a massive on-line retail business, and the HP website is a kind of accidental necessity.

    Amazon has a successful Web client business with the Fire tablets, these tablets are a terrific value when combined with the Amazon Prime features.

    HP has no tablet, no Prime.

    HP is hoping to get in on the game far too long after the train left the station, OpenStack is nice, but 2nd generation Clouds already make it irrelevant, and the next 3rd generation Cloud services will make OpenStack look like a comparison between DOS and Mac OSX.

    HP is a massive bureaucracy that cannot take risks, plan ahead, or market anything that isn't Microsoft so I predict another dismal failure from this once great company.

    But wow! Don't these guys know how to spin up the "solutions" corporate jargon speak?

    I haven't heard anything like this since the PC heydays of the 1990's!!
    SirHuxley
    • Nah

      The train that has left the station is the IaaS one. Is anyone still interested in a toolbox?

      Interesting to see the the CloudFoundry part of the announcement. That is significant and if anyone doesn't believe an Industry-standard PaaS pushed by the big vendors isn't a big deal, then they haven't been paying enough attention.

      Will Amazon ever do OpenSource? No, why would they? Lock-in is part of their strategy, as it is with any player that has shaped an industry....
      paddle.