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HP Launches OpenStack Based Beta Private Cloud

Hewlett-Packard has dished out the beta version of its HP Cloud Services platform as it continues its advance in the cloud computing market.

The IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offering comes with the HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage, which will provide users to storage and compute services on HP’s data centers.

The products, which are based on the open source OpenStack platform and HP Converged Infrastructure, will be available for free to the initial beta users. The company, which joined the OpenStack project back in July, will start charging the customers on pay-as-you-go basis when the products go in full production.

With this move, HP is now in direct competition with Amazon’s private cloud offerings.

“At HP Cloud Services, our goal is to provide the next generation of cloud infrastructure, platform services and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, and businesses of all sizes. We recognize that public cloud services should be open and transparent from end-to-end across APIs, infrastructure and software stack,” said HP vice president Emil Sayegh in a blog post.

“We believe that by working closely with the developer community and combining the best open source technologies with HP’s hardware and software portfolio, we can create the right mix of capabilities that deliver best customer experience,” he added.