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HP introduces Cloud evolution services and products
Posted on 18-Oct-2011 16:16 | Tags Filed under: News

HP today announced new services and solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure that empower service providers and enterprises to rapidly deliver cloud services while leveraging existing investments, minim­ising risk and lowering costs.

HP’s new offerings include:

— HP Technology Consulting Services for data centre strategy, operations and continuity accelerate planning, design and building of cloud data centres by up to 40 percent while driving alignment between IT, facility operations and the business.

— Expanded HP CloudSystem portfolio includes financing, services, developer resources and 100 new HP Cloud Centres of Excellence worldwide – 50 in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. These centres enable clients to experience HP CloudSystem, the industry’s most complete, integrated and open platform for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

— HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft and HP VirtualSystem for Superdome 2/HP-UX are new turnkey hardware and software solutions for rapidly deploying highly optimised, fully tested virtualised application environments. Using tailored consulting and HP Support services, clients can deploy standardised blocks of applications for thousands of users in hours versus months.

“Clients want our help in speeding their transition to cloud computing with proven methodologies and solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure so they can increase innovation in their markets and better serve their customers,” said Kevin Rooney, general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP South Pacific. “Our new offerings clearly reflect the best of HP’s skills and technology in driving this evolution for clients, while reducing complexity, costs and risk.”

HP services address data centre strategy, operations and continuity with the expertise, guidance and proven methodologies clients need to succeed. Data centre strategy services reduce time-to-transformation by 40 percent by allowing planning, design and build processes to run concurrently.

The company says data centre operations services lower a facility’s lifetime costs up to 37 percent with design-build improvements for infrastructure integration and facility planning that increase operational efficiency.

The HP CloudSystem targets enterprises and service providers who want to deliver private and public cloud services ranging from compute to Software as a Service. With HP CloudSystem, clients can deploy a new cloud service in minutes or hours, not the weeks or months that a manual method requires. New financing, services and developer resources further extend the value of HP CloudSystem.

With HP CloudSystem Financing, part of the company’s programme to provide up to $2 billion in financing for cloud projects, qualified customers have easy options to make the move to cloud affordable. First, they can choose a payment plan that can allow them to build their cloud environments without large upfront capital expenditures. This is critical for CFOs and CIOs looking for a level of predictability with the IT investments they make. Additionally, as part of the HP CloudAgile program for qualified service providers, HP can offer a step payment plan, where payments start small and increase over six to 12 months, so those service providers can ramp their business and better align expenditures with revenue growth.

HP CloudSystem Enablement Services offer predefined consulting and integration services that accelerate the build out of a client’s first set of cloud services. The new HP AllianceONE resource centre for CloudSystem empowers independent software vendors (ISVs), systems integrators and service providers with a quick-start toolkit that includes sample code, video demonstrations and expert tips.

HP is also expanding HP Cloud Centres of Excellence, providing clients with fast, convenient access to live demonstrations of HP cloud solutions based on HP CloudSystem. The centres allow clients to more easily evaluate, test and deploy cloud-based solutions while evaluating their optimal path to the cloud.

And because virtualisation is often a foundation for building a cloud infrastructure, HP is introducing new HP VirtualSystems. Enterprises and service providers can quickly deploy blocks of applications and capacity to support thousands of users. Running major applications in virtualised environments drives greater flexibility, improved efficiency and lower costs.

— HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft speeds the virtualisation and delivery of diverse, business-critical workloads such as Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Server. Through a single console, clients can track application services and pinpoint and resolve issues without downtime across hardware infrastructure, operating system, hypervisor and Microsoft applications.

— HP Virtual System for Superdome 2/HP-UX accelerates the path to virtualised mission-critical workloads including customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and core financial applications on HP Integrity systems. The combination of HP-UX 11i v3 and HP Integrity Superdome 2 is tuned for mission-critical applications, delivering the highest levels of resiliency, scalability and virtualisation performance.

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