HP has confirmed that its eagerly awaited Cloud Services platform has entered the beta-testing phase, enabling some customers to road test the service.
The company said that the Cloud Compute, Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network services are now available to customers on a pay-as-you-go billing plan.
Announced in April, the services are part of an HP cloud effort which combines public cloud services with private cloud platforms. The company believes that the OpenStack-based platform provides customers with more options and flexibility in deploying cloud systems.
"Whether you are an independent developer, ISV or the [chief information officer] of a major organisation, the priority is to design your applications for today’s cloud economy," said HP cloud services senior vice president and general manager Biri Singh.
"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."
The launch will comprise the Infrastructure-as-a-Service portion of HP's cloud offering. The company is also partnering with platform-as-a-service providers as well as services in the the database, applications and mobile fields to help support the beta testing campaign.
HP's beta launch comes as a number of vendors are preparing to move forward with their own cloud testing campaigns.
Earlier this week Citrix unveiled updates to a number of its virtualisation and cloud computing lines as well as the debut of Project Avalon, a cloud computing system designed to offer complete cloud virtualisation of end-user workstations.
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