HP is rolling out seven pre-priced and pre-configured infrastructure as a service solutions aimed at specific enterprise workloads as part of an expansion of the HP Helion portfolio of cloud services.
The new server configurations are available immediately from 24 locations across five continents, HP said, as part of the Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud.
They are designed to meet diverse enterprise workload requirements, ranging from lighter workloads like application development to demanding enterprise workloads supporting complex enterprise resource planning deployments.
Jim Fanella, vice president for workload and cloud at HP Enterprise Services, explained that business customers are asking for a simpler experience when implementing specific workloads in the cloud.
"Creating pre-configured solutions for the most frequently used workloads makes it easier to quickly implement managed virtual private cloud solutions and help ease the organisation's transition to the new style of IT," he said.
The new offerings comprise four virtual server configurations for the lighter workloads and three physical server configurations for business-critical production workloads that require dedicated resources.
HP identified the typical use case for these as being application development and file and print services for the lowest tier, followed by SharePoint and unified communications; non-critical customer relationship management (CRM); email and enterprise CRM; Oracle CX and analytics; data warehousing; and SAP, Sage or Microsoft Dynamics.
HP's Helion platform is based on the OpenStack platform, meaning that all these configurations have OpenStack features as well as optional high availability support to deliver 99.999 percent uptime guarantees, the firm said.
Pricing starts at $76 (£50) per month for virtual configurations. Physical configurations start at $800 (£523) per month for eight-core physical servers up to $1,000 (£653) per month for the Physical Enterprise configuration.
Fanella said that HP has also streamlined its contracting process and is able to present customers with a one-page cloud contract to further speed and simplify the delivery of enterprise cloud solutions.
HP unveiled plans for the Helion cloud platform last year, throwing its weight behind the open source OpenStack framework as the platform to help it take on rivals such as Amazon, VMware and Microsoft's Azure.
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