BARCELONA: HP has announced a series of updates to its CloudSystem management tool that are designed to help more firms move to a hybrid cloud environment. The firm touted it as its biggest cloud launch ever.
Firstly, HP has given its CloudSystem tool a design overhaul to give it a more consumer-inspired look that should be easier for IT staff to learn to use, HP said.
CloudSystem has also been expanded with access to more public cloud platforms for burst capabilities to offer excess capacity in terms of sudden demand. These include Windows Azure setup, as well as European provider Arsys and French firm SFR. The CloudSystem update will be rolled out in the first half of 2014.
Saar Gillai, general manager for HP Cloud, said this was a vital update to help meet the needs of firms in the smartphone era. "We have made the ability to deploy cloud go from weeks to hours. This generation, if they can't get something to run in a few minutes, they won't do it," he said.
Underpinning this, HP also unveiled the new Hybrid Cloud Management Platform (HCMP), which is designed to allow IT teams to bring together the management of various cloud platforms including HP's Cloud OS, based on OpenStack, and the open-source Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (Tosca) standard.
HP said this would make it easier for creating and then managing hybrid cloud setups from a single management console. The HCMP will be available from January, costing $19,600.
The firm also updated its on-premise Flexible Capacity offering, to provide bursting capabilities from the cloud from its own CloudSystem. HP has also brought in support for third-party hardware so firms can run mixed hardware environments, following customer demands for this capability.
Finally the firm has updated its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering to add support for SAP HANA, bringing service-level agreements to 99.999 percent and a wider choice of support around physical configurations, hypervisors, storage tiers and network connectivity.
HP chief operating officer Bill Veghte said the push would help HP meet the needs of enterprises moving to the cloud. "Businesses need confidence [in the cloud] of reliability, security and scalability. They want enterprise grade but they also want ease of use," he said.
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