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HP fights for hybrid clouds, releases HP CloudSystem

HP today expanded its wide-ranging cloud portfolio with HP CloudSystem, and a raft of new services aimed at offering enterprises "greater agility, simplified management and improved security for their hybrid environments."

The solutions focus on developing a viable hybrid cloud, bridging the gap between traditional IT and private, public and managed clouds. The new CloudSystem integrates OpenStack-based HP Cloud OS technology, which is the foundation for HP's hybrid cloud architecture.

"One of the biggest decisions chief information officers (CIOs) need to make on their cloud journey is determining where applications or workloads should live — on traditional IT or in the cloud," HP said in a statement. "Often, applications will continue to live across multiple environments, and hybrid delivery becomes an imperative."

According to HP, research indicates that 40 per cent of enterprises say they are currently in a hybrid environment and 75 per cent of IT executives plan to pursue a hybrid cloud delivery model by 2016.

The next-generation HP CloudSystem includes a new "consumer-inspired user interface," according to HP, and is also designed around "simplified management tools and an improved deployment process."

HP CloudSystem will be available for multiple public cloud platforms, including three new ones: Microsoft Windows Azure, and platforms from Arsys, a European-based cloud computing provider, and SFR, a French telecommunications company.

Also launching this week is the HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform, designed to integrate HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) version 4.0 and including native support for both HP CloudOS with OpenStack and the open-source standard TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications), enabling easier application portability and management of hybrid and heterogeneous IT environments.

"The reality today is that CIOs want and need the benefits of cloud computing, but they are dealing with the complexities of a hybrid IT environment," said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager of HP Cloud.

"HP Cloud solutions provide enterprises with a holistic and simplified approach for deploying, securing and managing workloads across hybrid delivery models, ensuring a successful cloud journey."

HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform will be available worldwide in January 2014 starting at $19,600 (£11,950).