HP launched its "Converged Cloud" strategy, which aims for hybrid enterprise deployments and pushes for a common architecture across private and public clouds, as well as traditional datacentres.
With the move, HP is trying to have its cloud cake while supporting its existing business, too. There's HP Public Cloud, an effort that will provide compute instances and virtual machines. There are two infrastructure-as-a-service offerings that will rhyme with Amazon Web Services: a database service for MySQL and a storage service.
HP's Public Cloud services will launch in private beta on 10 May.
And then there's the existing HP business, which revolves around selling servers, storage and datacentre gear. HP launched Cloud Maps, software to manage private and public clouds. Cloud Maps will be coupled with HP's CloudSystem. HP also launched software dubbed Service Virtualisation 2.0, to test cloud environments, and Virtual Application Networks, to deploy networks across the company's networking stack.
Meanwhile, HP outlined services to set up these converged cloud pieces, as well as security and optimisation offerings. HP is also injecting cloud throughout everything it does, whether its Autonomy, services or datacentre architecture.
It's time that HP starts its big cloud push. After all, HP would face a huge risk if it didn't launch its public cloud efforts. But there are wild cards. Here's a look at a few:
Of those three wild-cards, that final point may be the most tricky. HP's architecture is fine, but it may be limiting to some infrastructure buyers.