Public cloud is public

HP Cloud enters into public beta, great news for OpenStack

Chris Mayer

HP opens up their public cloud in pubic beta, but is too late to the dance to make a splash?

An eagerly anticipated move has finally happened as HP made its
first public cloud services available as a public beta yesterday,
sending out its intentions to
compete tête-à-tête with Amazon
Web Services for public infrastructure supremacy.

HP Cloud
 claims to deliver an open source-based public
cloud infrastructure, chock full of enterprise features primed to
lure companies of any size. But to be honest, this is the minimum
requirement should they want to usurp the goliath AWS.

The first publicly available beta services are HP Cloud
 which provides on demand compute
instances, HP Cloud Object
 for scalable storage and HP Cloud Content
Delivery Network
 to reduce latency, all of which will be
offered through a pay-as-you-go model. These
form the core offering, with HP Cloud Block Storage
and HP Cloud Relational Database for MySQL still
remaining in private beta for now.

HP’s core belief seems to be towards a fully open sourced
architecture, with no vendor lock-in and this is fully realised
through it running on top of OpenStack technology. Just recently HP
pledged allegiance to the large alliance plotting the downfall of
Amazon, and it joins Rackspace in offering up their OpenStack
cloud. With Red Hat and IBM both making noises about OpenStack too,
this could become a powerful pack of vendors and we’re starting to
see solid plans laid out.

HP Cloud Services also has a rich partner ecosystem behind
it too, and is backed by personalized customer support. Over 40
companies have already given their support to this move, from PaaS
vendors such as CloudBees to management-focused companies such as
CloudSoft. Bringing together an array of speciallsts could give HP
the edge they need. By giving users different sets of tools and
practices, they can customise to their heart’s content. This also
indicates that HP are putting together a blueprint for an HP Cloud
Services Marketplace.

“Whether you are an independent developer, ISV or the CIO of a
major organization, the priority is to design your applications for
today’s cloud economy,” said Zorawar
‘Biri’ Singh
, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud
Services, HP. “We will continue to build, integrate and deploy
developer-focused features, designed to support a world-class cloud
that  enables our customers and partners to run and operate
web services at scale, on a global basis.”

CloudBees announced soon after that HP Cloud Services
is the latest addition to the list of CloudBees
™ deployment

“HP Cloud Services is a valued addition to the
CloudBees set of AnyCloud deployment options. Customers who depend
on HP’s business grade cloud infrastructure can now accelerate
their ability to deliver applications using the full power of the
CloudBees PaaS,” said Sacha Labourey, CEO, CloudBees. “HP provides
tremendous operational and technology leadership with their cloud
infrastructure offering. Now customers can enjoy the productivity
and cost savings of the CloudBees PaaS and deliver Java
applications faster and with better quality utilizing HP Cloud

The full list of companies announcing support of HP’s public
beta include:

We’re excited by this announcement, especially considering the
sheer amount of companies backing it but we can’t help but feel
that HP may have left it slightly late – it’s going to take a
gargatuan effort to make a dent in Amazon’s portfolio. The thing
they have going for them though is that there’s a clear focus on
all types of cloud hosting – public, private and hybrid and this
bodes well in competing with the major player. The OpenStack
ecosystem is getting stronger and stronger by the day though so
watch this space.

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