Cloud computing is a simple business model powered by several complex technologies. Not long ago, IT saw it as all but an eternal process that a business request would trigger a long-drawn out purchase of hardware that ends up being over-provisioned for an application with bursty usage. Today, the cloud computing model seems to dictate that IT provide the business user with a self-service portal at which the user chooses any service from a catalog and, with the metaphorical press of a button, deploys them instantly on an optimized infrastructure. Moreover, the business user expects that as usage of their newly launched service grows and shrinks, the IT resources will scale elastically and they will be billed accordingly.
For the end user, there is sheer joy in this simplicity -- you consume the information services you want at the highest level of quality you can afford and pay only for what you use. For the provider of these information services, the challenge is all about agility and innovation -- how quickly can they bring new revenue-generating services to the insatiable end-users? For the IT organization charged with enabling this business, things just became quite a bit more complicated than they used to be.
To thrive in this new world order, the IT organization must manage, secure, and automate the infrastructure on which these information services run. Bringing together the server, storage, networking, OS, and virtualization software components within a unified management interface is difficult enough. What's worse is figuring out if the core business applications of your enterprise that used to run on a variety of legacy systems can migrate like a herd of well-behaved sheep over to the new infrastructure. Wouldn't it be great if you could ask your IT vendor to deliver a fully integrated infrastructure, from hardware to application, and help you make the transition quickly so you can get on with innovating your business?
Now you can. And it is great.
To say that HP offers BladeSystem Matrix as the foundation for enterprise private clouds is no longer news. But it is worth reminding ourselves of how well this platform presents a self-service portal at which you can deploy a service from a catalog onto virtualized, optimized resource pools of server, storage, and networking to deliver the infrastructure as a service . Built on an industry-leading blade architecture, Matrix is preconfigured for a variety of enterprise workloads on a variety of operating environments. Which brings us to one of the fastest growing operating environments in cloud computing.
In a recent report on the adoption of Linux servers in enterprises, the Linux Foundation notes that 70% of the survey respondents who are planning to move their workloads to the cloud chose Linux as their primary platform. And it's significant that cost is no longer the primary driver for Linux adoption. These large enterprise customers see the technical features and security capabilities of Linux as just as important. Over 70% plan to add more Linux servers to their datacenter in the next year. This report, along with several others from industry analysts, only confirms what HP has known just by listening to our customers. Enterprises that deploy Linux stick with Linux because it works well for their data center and their bottom line.
Naturally, today's release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 at a time when the growth of Linux is keeping pace with the growth of cloud computing is a vindication of our shared commitment to Linux and our shared vision of its future. The decade-strong alliance between HP and Red Hat has had a single-minded focus on assuring our enterprise customers that Red Hat Enterprise Linux simply runs better on HP servers.
HP tests, optimizes, sells, and supports RHEL 6 on all ProLiant servers. HP supports RHEL 6 in the BladeSystem Matrix as an operating environment for enterprise workloads. And for most of these workloads, the operating system must deliver the reliability, availability, and scalability that customers expect from the rest of the Matrix infrastructure. And RHEL 6 delivers. An updated Linux kernel with RAS, memory, and IO enhancements takes advantage of the latest processor RAS features, large memory footprint, and the balanced design of the ProLiant blade servers optimized for virtualization and cloud computing.
No surprise then that the launch of RHEL 6 is a great time to consider moving your Linux application into a private cloud. And HP can help you make the journey to Linux in the cloud just as we've helped countless customers take their first steps to Linux in the enterprise so many years ago. With HP Cloud Start for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can build a private cloud on BladeSystem Matrix in as little as 30 days.
Come on in, the cloud is fine.