I’m currently in Las Vegas where we announced today the next step in our journey to our Converged Cloud vision. In April, when we first revealed the vision, I explained what differentiated our approach and highlighted the ability to choose the right cloud for the right service. In doing so, you can focus on addressing the needs of the business rather than being bogged down by the specifics of a particular cloud platform. I also pointed out the decision to deliver the converged cloud vision based on standards so you can avoid lock-in. Today we announced yet another an expansion of our portfolio and let me quickly highlight to you what is new. I’ll use the private, managed and public cloud divider to show the continued evolution of Converged Cloud.
Our private cloud solutions are based on our CloudSystem offering. Several announcements have been made in that category:
- The software powering CloudSystem Matrix, allowing you to deliver IaaS services, has been enhanced in several areas:
- The software is now available separately from the hardware, downloadable and can be deployed in as little as one day. The software provides the core capabilities of CloudSystem Matrix as a standalone offering for virtualized environments and runs on all servers supported by Windows Server Hyper-V and VMWare vSphere. This includes beside blades, HP’s ProLiant servers as well as competitor’s servers. Hence the openness of the offering
- CloudSystem has been able to burst out to Savvis, a managed cloud service provider, since earlier this year. We now have expanded with bursting capabilities to HP Cloud Services and Amazon Web Services. So, if you run out of capacity you now have more choices. Bursting services can be choosen right from the infrastructure provisioning portal and the software provides a consistent management environment that enables clients to maintain visibility, governance and control
- Organizations using cloud to deliver PaaS and SaaS can now take advantage of the new version of Cloud Service Automation (CSA) to increase agility and reduce costs. Through an enhanced self-service portal and a new graphical service designer, you can now seamlessly provision and use services consumed from private, managed and/or public clouds. An extensible architecture provides a comprehensive tool to manage traditional IT, private, managed and public clouds, delivering a new step in our converged cloud vision. CSA is available in stand-alone or as part of HP CloudSystem Enterprise.
- Service providers are often looking at giving their customers access to services from third parties. We call this aggregation. HP CloudSystem Service Provider provides this function via the Aggregation Platform for SaaS. We now offer pre-integrated business application services including ERP, CRM, web hosting and security, allowing service providers to deliver more advanced, feature-rich offerings to their clients. AP4SaaS is available either in standalone or as part of HP’s CloudSystem Service Provider.
The HP CloudSystem Matrix software will be available worldwide in June, CSA and HP’s CloudSystem Enterprise in July and the new version of CloudSystem Service Provider in September 2012. Heterogeneous hardware support, management across multiple clouds and the traditional environment, and the aggregation of external services contribute to making HP’s Converged Cloud a unique and open offering to the market. But that’s not all.
Several months ago HP announced its first managed cloud offering, called ECS-Virtual Private Cloud. Now we take that one step further by providing HP Converged Cloud Services for Airlines. This offering contains three elements:
- HP’s Passenger Service Solutions, combining core HP Travel and Transportation industry solutions into a single integrated airline inventory, reservation and planning platform
- HP Airline Service Oriented Architecture Platform, offering a library of airline specific web services, driving rapid development of revenue-generating airline products.
- HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud allowing airlines such as Mexico’s Interjet to scale infrastructure quickly to address the needs of their business. Interjet for example, used it to manage schedules for its flight simulators.
In early May, HP’s Cloud Services (HPCloud) went in public beta and since then the service has expanded its features with nearly 40 partners. We are also using HPCloud for our own cloud services. BookPrep, a service to read online or print rare books, now makes 1 million books available online on HPCloud.
But that’s not all. We also are announcing HP ePrint Enterprise 2.0, enabling easy driverless printing from mobile devices to an existing fleet of network printers. The new version offers integration with three additional pull printing solutions, localization in 10 languages and visitor printing capabilities. Apps are available for Android, iPhone®, iPad® and BlackBerry mobile devices.
And that’s not all
Cloud is about the delivery of services, but the applications need to be developed, tested and put in production. Improving the application lifecycle management (ALM) tools are critical for timely delivery of those services in a converged cloud environment. For this reason we have updated versions of ALM and HP Performance Center and added a new Lab Management Automation and Continuous Application Performance Delivery offering.
These offerings help organizations break down IT silos so they can quickly deliver high-quality, innovative applications for hybrid and cloud environments.
We are also launching HP’s Cloud Planning Services to help our clients determine their hybrid delivery options and speed-up the planning and analysis phases of cloud deployments.
I’ll come back to some of those offerings in more details. As you can see, we have embarked on our journey to the converged cloud vision and are addressing all aspects of building and consuming cloud services while managing the hybrid cloud and traditional environment. And we do it based on standards, where available, in an open & heterogeneous fashion.