HP Gets Agile With Converged Cloud

HP has announced the launch of Converged Cloud, its new agile, hybrid delivery approach which spans private, managed and public clouds, linking them with traditional IT systems for an all-in-one enterprise package.

HP cites the strength of its Converged Cloud as being three primary pillars: Confidence, consistency and choice. In other words, security, a single common architecture ensuring consistency, and an open, standards-based approach supporting multiple hypervisors, operating systems and development environments.

Bill Veghte, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of Software at HP, commented: "The convergence of cloud computing and mobile connectivity is changing the way infrastructures are built, applications are developed and information is delivered."

"HP Converged Cloud enables enterprises to incorporate a blend of public, private and managed cloud services with their existing IT to create a seamless hybrid environment that rapidly adapts to their changing requirements."

HP notes that its research indicates cloud solutions are being adopted without IT department approval in many cases. Indeed, half of the businesses questioned in a survey were found to be running unapproved cloud solutions, and one in five didn't even know whether they were or not.

HP thinks that solution for all the businesses heading cloudwards is a model to embrace the technology fully without adding such risks.

HP Public Infrastructure-as-a-Service will kick off as a public beta starting on 10th May. This will provide on-demand computer instances or virtual machines, and scalable online storage - offering developers deployment times of "within minutes".

HP Cloud Services will further introduce two additional offerings in private beta, namely a relational database service for MySQL, along with a block storage service that supports data shifting from one compute instance to another.

HP's new Cloud Maps system is designed to reduce the time taken to create cloud services drastically from months to minutes, using prepackaged application templates to speed deployment along.

Furthermore, HP Service Virtualization 2.0 will offer a sandbox environment for developers to test the performance of their cloud or mobile apps.

For those who don't want to manage their own clouds, HP has also pushed out HP Enterprise Cloud Services to provide private clouds.