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HP gives cloud portfolio a silver lining

Hewlett-Packard is expanding its Converged Cloud range, which promises to supply businesses with a more comprehensive cloud infrastructure.

The move, announced at the Discover 2012 conference in Las Vegas, includes cloud solutions for the airline industry, building hybrid cloud environments, and new cloud printing systems for the office.

With cloud services proliferating through workplaces the world over, HP is keen to preserve its reputation as a leading provider of the technology.

"Successful organisations need to be able to select the right delivery model for their technology needs whether it be in the cloud or on premise", said Bill Veghte HP's chief operating officer. "HP's Converged Cloud approach provides enterprises choice in delivery model and platform with the confidence in the service delivered via market leading products, coupled with a consistent architecture and experience".

The HP Converged Cloud Services for Airlines provides Software-as-a-Service (Saas) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms for airlines, aiming to help the industry deal with the changing needs of travellers.

Among a range of other hybrid software releases and updates, the HP Cloud System Matrix stands out, enabling organisations to reduce cloud deployments from several weeks to one day when building a complete IaaS environment, according to the company.

Printing solutions are also covered with the HP ePrint Enterprise 2.0, which pledges to offer "easy, driverless printing from mobile devices to an existing fleet of network printers".