​HP beefs up Helion cloud with Eucalyptus for AWS and new OpenStack versions

HP's first release of the open-source Eucalyptus cloud manager appears as part of its Helion enterprise cloud product line, together with OpenStack updates.

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Along with new versions of its Helion OpenStack distribution and dev platform, HP has unveiled the first release of the open-source Eucalyptus cloud-building tool since its acquisition last September.

Now part of HP's Helion enterprise cloud product line, the 4.1 iteration of Eucalyptus, which enables firms to build clouds on Amazon Web Services, offers app templates designed to streamline the delivery of services and reduce errors in complex configurations, and a simpler web-based interface for managing Amazon S3-compatible object storage.

"The addition of Eucalyptus to the HP Helion portfolio gives customers the flexibility to deploy existing AWS workloads onto cloud environments they control, private or managed, addressing demand for cost-effective alternatives to public cloud vendor lock-in," HP said in a statement.

According to the company, Helion OpenStack 1.1 has better security and authentication, a wider range of deployment possibilities, with targeted node provisioning, more certified hardware and guest Windows operating-system certifications. There is also improved lifecycle management and better software-defined large-scale storage options.

HP Helion Development Platform 1.1 has improved management features, with log-streaming using Websocket and container-creation failure logs, along with new dashboards to show quota usage by organisations and the availability of system patches. It also offers application rollback and versioning.

"The updates to the HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Development Platform, in addition to the first Eucalyptus product release under Helion, reflect HP's commitment to today's most important cloud ecosystems and work to create a hybrid cloud environment that can easily integrate into enterprises' existing IT environments," HP SVP product and service management cloud Bill Hilf said in a statement.

The OpenStack open-source project started in 2010, instigated by Rackspace and NASA, to create components for building public and private clouds on standard hardware.

It is now backed by more than 200 vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Oracle, Red Hat, and VMware, with a large developer community working on a range of loosely-coupled projects.

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