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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 Services 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 Compute which provides on demand compute instances, HP Cloud Object Storage 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 AnyCloud™ deployment options. 

“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 Services.”

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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