HP Helion CloudSystem broadens its reach into hybrid clouds

HP launches the ninth version of its Helion CloudSystem suite of tools for automating, orchestrating, and controlling private and public cloud infrastructure.
Written by Nick Heath, Contributor

HP is today announcing the availability of the latest version of its cloud orchestration suite HP Helion CloudSystem.

The ninth iteration provides an upgraded set of tools for automation, orchestration, and control of private and public cloud infrastructure.

New features in CloudSystem 9.0

  • Delivered as virtual appliances on VMware or Red Hat - now with 3 node high availability cluster
  • Enhanced Networking: support of DVR, VXLAN, and high performance vSwitch for ESX
  • Support of Hyper-V compute nodes (in addition to VMware ESX and Red Hat KVM)
  • Support of availability zones and host aggregates for easy separation of logical groups
  • Support of 3rd party servers (in addition to 3rd party storage and networking)

CloudSystem is available in two versions: CloudSystem Enterprise, which is aimed at providing advanced cloud infrastructure services for larger firms, and CloudSystem Foundation, which is aimed at smaller firms looking to get started deploying cloud services. The Enterprise release includes everything that's in the Foundation version, as well as additional tools for automating deployment of infrastructure and applications, including HP Cloud Service Automation, Operations Orchestration, and the Matrix Operating Environment.

With CloudSystem 9.0 the range of infrastructure that can be managed using CloudSystem is broadened, with the release supporting Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM, and VMware vSphere hypervisors, as well as bare metal deployments. The Enterprise version of CloudSystem 9.0 also provides expanded support for provisioning of physical servers via HP OneView.

CloudSystem can be used to manage and move workloads between private and public clouds. Supported private clouds include those built using HP Helion, HP's implementation of the OpenStack controller, and public cloud platforms include AWS EC2 and Microsoft Azure.

CloudSystem includes the latest release of HP Helion OpenStack (v1.1), the open-source controller used to build private clouds from virtualised compute, storage, and networking. New to CloudSystem Foundation is the inclusion of HP Development Platform, which takes the open-source Cloud Foundry platform and integrates it with HP Helion OpenStack to provide an environment for developers to build and deploy cloud-based applications and services.

CloudSystem 9.0 includes HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, which adds support for OpenStack's Swift object storage and Heat orchestration software.
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The Enterprise release of CloudSystem sees its HP Cloud Service Automation software upgraded to the latest version in CloudSystem 9.0, which HP says will allow developers and businesses users to automatically provision infrastructure for their applications using a self-service portal.

"Enterprise customers have a range of needs in moving to the cloud - some need to cloud-enable traditional workloads, while others seek to build next generation 'cloud native' apps using modern technologies like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Docker," said Bill Hilf, senior VP for HP Helion product and service management.

"The expanded support for multiple hypervisors and cloud environments in HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 gives enterprises and service providers added flexibility to gain cloud benefits for their existing and new applications."

While CloudSystem is available to purchase as software, HP will also be making CloudSystem 9.0 available on two systems.

The first is the CS200-HC, a 2U server that can have up to 32 nodes with integrated networking and storage, and is based on the SL2500/VSA platform. The system is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.

The second is the HP Helion CloudSystem CS700x/700, which is aimed at larger organisations. This is a converged system that can scale up to 100 blades and is based on the C7000/Blades/SAN platform. It is aimed at the medium to large enterprises.

CloudSystem 9.0 software and systems will be generally available in September 2015.

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