In addition, as Bill Hilf, SVP and GM of HP Cloud, said when he announced that the company would be sunsetting its Helion public cloud, "Customer tell us that they want the ability to bring together multiple cloud environments under a flexible and enterprise-grade hybrid cloud model. In order to deliver on this demand with best-of-breed public cloud offerings, we will move to a strategic, multiple partner-based model for public cloud capabilities, as a component of how we deliver these hybrid cloud solutions to enterprise customers."
The easiest way for HP to do this would be to use HPE Eucalyptus and Amazon Web Services (AWS). After all, Eucalyptus is best known for being compatible with AWS application programming interfaces (API). It's the bridge between private and hybrid clouds and AWS.
In the meantime, HPE OpenStack 3.0 is based on OpenStack Liberty. Mark Interrante, HPE Helion's SVP of engineering, said it has a "strong focus on enabling greater flexibility in configuration and deployment. With HOS 3.0, we expand hypervisor support to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)KVM support for compute nodes as well as adding the ability to run multiple hypervisors in the same cloud. HOS 3.0 also introduces Boot from SAN support to enable customers to leverage existing investment in blade environments, and expands bare metal support."
HOS 3.0 also includes security improvements to support Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). It also now encrypts data communications between internal and external APIs.
Interrante added that "we have also focused heavily on fundamentals -- specifically, performance and scalability. We have doubled our out-of-the box scalability to 200 compute nodes per region and have achieved higher levels with the support of our professional services teams."
So, for now, it appears Helion OpenStack is still -- sort of, kind of -- HPE's top cloud. Just don't ask for it to be a public cloud. That ship has sunk.