Normally in this blog I try not to get too HP product specific but instead focus on business and technology trends and their intersection, but people keep asking me foundational questions about HP’s ConvergedCloud offering. Asking questions like: “What’s different about HP Converged Cloud and all the other IaaS offerings that are out there?”
HP Converged Cloud is a common architectural foundation supporting traditional IT and private, managed, and public clouds. It has been defined so that enterprises can extend the power of the cloud across infrastructure, applications and information to provide:
- Choice – Finding the right solution for an organization through an open, standards-based (OpenStack) approach supporting multiple hypervisors, operating systems and development environments as well as a heterogeneous infrastructure and an extensible partner ecosystem.
- Confidence – through a management and security solutions that spans information, applications and infrastructure.
- Consistency – through a single common architecture.
So it is not quite the same as just a generic IaaS, since it enables the management of a hybrid cloud ecosystem. Not everything will be going to the cloud (anytime soon), so having a flexible mechanism to manage a diverse environment is an important part of increasing flexibility.
HP ConvergedCloud is built on principles of modularity with the various architectural layers constructed to interact by design. To do this, it includes a variety of capabilities including:
2) Management and security layer
3) Information and reporting layer
4) A common portal – to provide a unifying experience to create and consume cloud services
So it enables more than just a platform for dropping in virtualized machines. HP ConvergedCloud should allow organizations to get an environment up quickly and hit the ground run...
There are so many interesting options available when you begin to look at computing resources as something other than hardware and more as fuel for the enterprise engine.