HP is to update its CloudSystem cloud-in-a-box solution by including the full Helion OpenStack and Helion Development Platform to deliver a comprehensive private cloud for customers that can bridge the legacy and cloud native worlds.
It also now includes the Eucalyptus stack, which enables workloads from AWS to run on CloudSystem, HP said.
Due for general availability in September, CloudSystem 9.0 is the latest incarnation of HP's ready-made private cloud platform for enterprise customers or service providers, which can be delivered as just software or included as a complete package with HP infrastructure hardware.
As with the previous CloudSystem 8, the latest version is offered in an entry-level CloudSystem Foundation edition and a CloudSystem Enterprise edition for larger deployments.
The new release integrates the HP Helion Development platform-as-a-service layer that is based on Cloud Foundry, one of the most widely used frameworks for developing cloud-based applications and services.
"With this, we now have one solution that is really bridging the two worlds, the legacy and the cloud-native, with one solution, ready to be deployed by customers, by our channel partners, or by HP Professional Services," said HP's vice president for Helion in EMEA, Xavier Beauchamps.
CloudSystem 9.0 also expands management support for hypervisors, with extended support for VMware and Hyper-V. There is a more powerful service catalogue powered by the latest version of HP's Cloud Service Automation, CSA 4.5, according to HP.
The new release has full integration with HP OneView, allowing physical provisioning via this tool for the many HP customers that have blade server and virtualised environments managed by OneView, the firm said.
HP is offering CloudSystem Foundation 9.0 with CloudSystem CS200-HC, a hyperconverged 2U chassis with four server nodes plus integrated storage and networking, for customers wanting a completely integrated solution, including hardware.
CloudSystem Enterprise 9.0 is available with the CloudSystem CS700x / 700, which comprises a full rack of blades and storage for larger deployments.
Another interesting integration in CloudSystem 9.0 is HP Helion Eucalyptus, the cloud platform which HP acquired last year.
This is a separate cloud stack that is API compatible with Amazon's AWS public cloud services, enabling HP customers to repatriate workloads they may have built on AWS, according to Paul Morgan, HP's cloud category manager for EMEA.
"Essentially, what we've done with this new launch is put our Helion offerings in one end-to-end solution for our customers that makes it easy for them to understand and puts everything in one box," he said.
"Whether or not they need it today, they have it there available so when they do want to ramp up native apps or repatriate some AWS workloads, they can do so."
On Monday HP unveiled a family of 3Par storage arrays that are aimed at helping customers transition to an all-flash data centre architecture, offering a storage cost of just $1.50 per usable gigabyte.
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