Open-source cloud infrastructure provider Cloud.com has announced a big win in the enterprise market: a partnership with HP that will bring Cloud.com into the AllianceONE programme.
The partnership sees Cloud.com test and validate its 'Infrastructure as a Service' (IaaS) offering on HP's server platforms, and will in turn see HP make Cloud.com an official option for enterprise customers looking to integrate cloud computing into their existing traditional infrastructure. As a partner, Cloud.com will be an option for both new and existing HP customers.
It's a deal that could prove the making of Cloud.com, which was founded back in 2008 to provide open-source cloud computing and virtualisation solutions to the enterprise sector, but which has so far been a bit-player in a rapidly expanding market. With HP's backing as a member of the AllianceONE program, Cloud.com could grow to be a major force.
Cloud.com's chief marketing officer Peder Ulander is understandably bullish about his company's future as an HP AllianceONE partner, stating that "we look forward to working with HP to offer complete, highly reliable solutions that help customers leverage their existing HP infrastructure investments to build and manage private and public clouds."
Robin Hensley, solution and strategic alliances director at HP, is equally sure that the deal will give Cloud.com what it needs to grow, stating that "with access to the solutions, tools, services and expertise offered through AllianceONE, Cloud.com can more easily assist clients in simplifying the deployment process of a cloud computing service."
With the interest levels in cloud computing increasing, Cloud.com is looking good for the future - but the start-up still faces stiff competition from some big names who are also out to carve a chunk of the growing market for themselves.