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HP launches new hybrid cloud portfolio

HP Converged Cloud portfolio includes new applications, IaaS services, networking services, deployment services and training

HP launches new hybrid cloud portfolio
HP's new Converged Cloud portfolio is intended to make it easier for organisations to adopt hybrid cloud deployments.

HP has announced a new portfolio of solutions to deliver hybrid cloud computing.

The HP Converged Cloud portfolio includes new applications, IaaS services, networking services, deployment services and training, which HP says will allow companies to roll out hybrid cloud solutions with choice, confidence and consistency.

The portfolio is based on an open-standards approach, with support for multiple hypervisor, operating systems and development environments, backed with a single common architecture and management and security of information, applications and infrastructure.

HP Converged Cloud brings together industry-leading HP Converged Infrastructure, HP Converged Management and Security, Converged Information and hardened OpenStack technology.

"The convergence of cloud computing and mobile connectivity is changing the way infrastructures are built, applications are developed and information is delivered," said Eyad Shihabi, managing director, HP Middle East.

"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," he added.

Under the portfolio, HP will deliver its first HP Public Infrastructure-as-a-Service, as a public beta from 10th May. The service will provide compute instance, virtual machines, and storage capacity, that can be deployed in minutes.

HP will also launch two private beta IaaS, a relational database service for MySQL, and a block storage service that supports movement of data from one compute instance to another.

HP is releasing pre-packaged application templates, HP Cloud Maps, that create a customized catalogue of application services ready for easier deployment of cloud, and HP Service Virtualization 2.0, a software solution to test cloud or mobile applications in a simulated, virtualised environment to eliminate disruption to services.

To address the bottlenecks enterprises often experience when developing new cloud services on complex, legacy networks, HP is introducing HP Virtual Application Networks, which speeds application deployment, automates management and ensures network service levels in delivering cloud and virtualized applications.

In networking, HP is launching two new services, HP Virtual Network Protection Service to set the baseline for security at the network virtualization management layer; and HP Network Cloud Optimization Service which helps clients enhance their network to improve cloud-based service delivery by up to 93% compared to traditional download techniques.

For clients who do not wish to manage their own clouds, HP announced new HP Enterprise Cloud Services that provide offerings for private clouds, continuity services and unified communications. By outsourcing cloud management to a trusted IT provider, clients can leverage on-demand usage and pricing models to redirect cost savings to other strategic projects.

To further extend the portfolio, HP also announced new HP Engineering Cloud Transformation Services that help product development and engineering design teams confidently embrace the cloud to improve productivity and rapidly bring new products to market. In addition, new Cloud Security Alliance training courses arm clients with the knowledge to avoid potential security implications of cloud solutions.

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