HP unveils private Beta of Cloud Compute in ME

Vendor is giving developers a chance to kick start new private beta cloud services

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HP unveils private Beta of Cloud Compute in ME HP is making this early access available so that developers provide input to initial cloud services, says Dwidar.
By  Manda Banda Published  September 13, 2011

Hewlett Packard has opened the door on a private beta that gives developers early access to Cloud Compute and Cloud Object Storage, the first two offerings in HP's Cloud Services programme.

HP says the initiative will give developers in the Middle East an opportunity to kick start new private beta cloud services in the region.

The vendor says that cloud services developers and customers from the Middle East can use these services irrespective of their location. The company also states that currently, the data centres hosting these services are in the US although HP is already planning to enrol more data centres in the near future covering the EMEA region.

Ayman Dwidar, Blade System business manager; Cloud Team Lead, HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, said HP is making this early access available so that developers can test, experience and provide input on two initial cloud services: HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage.

Dwidar said both offerings are based on HP's hardware and software offerings with key elements of HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Software. "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," he said. "We recognise that public cloud services should be open and transparent from end-to-end across APIs, infrastructure and software stack."

HP's Cloud Object Storage, as the name suggests, is designed for cloud based archiving and back-up, storage of large data sets, and for serving static content for Web apps, Dwidar said.

He added that HP's vision is to lead the convergence of cloud computing and connectivity. "HP sees cloud computing lying at the heart of the evolving information economy, which HP is aiming to lead with services, solutions and technologies, offering a full spectrum of cloud offerings from private to hybrid to public," he said.

To meet the needs of enterprise customers, HP provides solutions in four key areas that include: build, transform, manage and secure, and consume.

"I believe that  HP is in a great position to offer customers in the region a unique set of solutions and services that seamlessly integrate to manage and deliver cloud services (private, public and hybrid) for customers of all types," he said.

Dwidar said in the Middle East HP is continuously engaging with customers and developers to support them in their cloud journey. "We are seeing huge demands in terms of building a private cloud to increase the agility of the IT organisation to respond to business demands. In the telecoms sector, we are seeing great momentum as telecommunication providers strive to have new revenue streams from building public cloud environments," he said.

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