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HP unveils common architecture for converged cloud

Company expands Converged Cloud portfolio

HP unveils common architecture for converged cloud
Shihabi: [This] is a cloud that enterprises can rely on.

HP today announced additions to its Converged Cloud portfolio, aimed at "delivering improved agility, greater innovation and reduced cost for hybrid cloud environments".

The company has completed the next phase of a common OpenStack-based architecture for its private, managed and public cloud offerings. HP also announced new software and services designed to accelerate time to market for private cloud implementations, and unveiled new capabilities in its managed and public cloud solutions.

"In order for enterprises to deliver the new style of IT, they need control over their data, as well as flexibility in service levels and delivery models for their workloads," said Eyad Shihabi, managing director, HP Middle East.

"Only HP has the portfolio and expertise that combines the innovative power of open systems with enterprise-grade manageability and security. The result for customers is a cloud that enterprises can rely on."

New research conducted by Coleman Parkes on behalf of HP suggests that by 2016 75% of enterprise IT delivered across private, managed and public clouds will fall into the hybrid solution category. According to HP, half of the respondents said they believed that open standards are important in the emergence of cloud computing.

HP Cloud OS is an open and extensible cloud technology platform based on OpenStack technology, which is aimed at addressing workload portability, simplified installation and enhanced lifecycle management across hybrid clouds.

HP CloudSystem embeds HP Cloud OS technology and is said to offer customers greater choice in deployment options. HP is also offering the HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite, which is aimed at providing a "rapid, cost-effective way for organisations to get started with rich application cloud services, and reducing up-front costs by up to 20%".

HP Moonshot servers also will be offered with HP Cloud OS. The Moonshot system is geared towards providing "simplified provisioning and management for specific cloud workloads such as dedicated hosting and large-scale websites".

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