HP has announced its latest offering to help enterprise customers make the transition to cloud-based computing, and claims it can have a private cloud environment up and running in as little as 30 days.
Unveiled at VMworld in San Francisco, HP CloudStart is initially available in the Asia Pacific region, but is set for global availability by December, according to HP.
CloudStart is built on HP's Converged Infrastructure, using BladeSystem Matrix servers in combination with HP StorageWorks kit and its Cloud Service Automation software.
HP also announced Cloud Maps for its BladeSystem Matrix architecture, which consists of templates, workflows and deployment scripts designed to accelerate the automation of business applications.
The whole package is delivered by HP's services division, which can assist in transforming a customer's existing infrastructure into a private cloud.
"To better serve the needs of their enterprises, clients are asking us to help them become internal service providers with the ability to deliver applications through a highly flexible private cloud environment," said HP senior vice president for technology services Gary Budzinski.
Customers will be able to reduce provisioning times by up to 80 per cent, according to HP, with one-touch provisioning across infrastructure, applications and business services.
HP also revealed that Carnegie Mellon university has already become a CloudStart customer with a private cloud for research purposes.
"We deployed a cloud environment for a dual purpose: to help our university to better meet an increased need for infrastructure flexibility; and to have a production state-of-the-art installation to study in our research on the cloud, " said the university's Professor Greg Ganger.
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