HP Discover 2013: HP reveals revamped Converged Cloud platform

On the second official day of HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard today announced its revamped Converged Cloud offering, moulded by a common architecture and boasting new software and services.

The OpenStack-based architecture runs through HP’s private and public cloud line to give users added flexibility, bolstered by enterprise-level security and features. HP’s open Cloud OS, its CloudSystem for private customers, and its HP Moonshot servers come powered by the OpenStack technology, unifying the US firm’s substantial cloud portfolio.

The revamp also includes a host of fresh enhancements to HP’s cloud services, including:

  • Wider data access that enables users to run big data analytics and high-performance computing workloads in the public cloud.
  • New virtual private cloud network functionality, powered by software defined networking that provides advanced security when connecting a public cloud to on-site networks.
  • New custom image uploading that simplifies the set-up and deployment of images unique to business requirements.
  • A new bulk import service that speeds application delivery by allowing users to provide hard drives for direct data upload into HP Cloud Block Storage and HP Cloud Object Storage.

“In order for enterprises to deliver the new style of IT, they need control over their data, as well as flexibility in service levels and delivery models for their workloads,” says Bill Veghte, HP’s COO in a statement.

“Only HP has the portfolio and expertise that combines the innovative power of open systems with enterprise-grade manageability and security. The result for customers is a cloud that enterprises can rely on,” he adds.

The cloud announcement caps off a busy week for HP at its Discover conference in Las Vegas, with the company also launching its 3PAR StoreServ 7450 storage system and all-new HAVEn platform for big data analytics.

We’ve been reporting these launches and a host of other announcements made by the company this week via our live coverage page, which includes more details on HP's cloud unveiling.