HP Helion Network unveiled, global cloud ecosystem

HP has announced the Helion Network, a worldwide network by which the company will provide independent software vendors, partners and resellers with a medium to push their own cloud services.

OpenStack-based Helion has previously been offered as part of hybrid and public cloud solutions by HP, but opening it up to third-parties is obviously a major step in a bigger game where HP hopes to spread the Helion brand, and rein back the current cloud giants (Amazon and company).

HP notes that the service providers within the Helion Network will construct the foundation for this ecosystem of cloud services, and it's set to build on the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which currently has some 115 service providers across the globe. The Helion Network has already got some major names signed on in the form of Intel and AT&T for starters.

Martin Fink, executive VP and CTO at HP, commented: "Global enterprises grapple with a daunting array of cloud products and services across locations, which creates challenges that include security, data sovereignty, interoperability and quality of service. The HP Helion Network leverages HP's expertise gained from running OpenStack technology at scale and our ability to unite service providers and technology partners. Together, we're building a federated ecosystem that enables organisations to deploy services on the right platform at the right time and at the right cost."

HP is promising its partners in the Helion Network a number of benefits including an expanded cloud portfolio in terms of being able to sell other Helion service provider solutions, and collaborative sales and marketing schemes, complete with access to HP training. HP also notes that it will offer flexible payment methods to help ensure investment levels match up suitably with revenue.

So, when does the Helion Network kick off? HP says a pilot scheme will be launched in Q4 of this year.

HP is certainly very serious about pushing Helion, then – this comes after last month's announcement that it would splash no less than $1 billion (£590 million) in furthering its cloudy cause.