PHOTO - (from left) Narinder Kapoor, vice president, global sales and managing director, HP in the Other Southeast Asia (OSEA) region and Anita Lim, general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP Malaysia.
Technology solutions giant HP has announced its Converged Cloud portfolio, which is the industry's first hybrid delivery approach, with an open architecture that encompasses traditional IT, private, managed and public clouds.
Speaking on 17 April 2012, HP Malaysia general manager, enterprise servers, storage and networking, Anita Lim said the new portfolio enhanced the power of cloud computing across infrastructure, applications and information to provide more choice, confidence and consistency to customers.
"Choice is available through an open, standards-based approach supporting multiple hypervisors, operating systems and development environments as well as a heterogeneous infrastructure and an extensible partner ecosystem," said Lim. "While management and security features, which managed information, applications and infrastructure, inspired confidence in the customer. In addition, the single common architecture approach delivers consistency, especially in user experience."
She said HP was well placed to offer Malaysian customers an open, evolutionary path to cloud computing and cited analyst firm IDC's 'Predictions 2012: Competing for 2020' study, December 2011, that said cloud services and enablement spending was expected hit US$60 billion by 2020.
"Research commissioned by HP reveals that organisations are undergoing major shifts in how services are delivered," said HP vice president, global sales and managing director, HP in the Other Southeast Asia (OSEA) region, Narinder Kapoor. "It also highlights how cloud offerings are increasingly being sourced without IT department approvals."
Projected use of cloud models
Kapoor said the survey showed that almost one in every two enterprises had departments running non-IT-sanctioned cloud solutions, and a full 24 percent indicated they were unsure. With the projected use of private and public cloud models doubling by 2020, successful organisations will need to find a way to embrace these solutions without adding complexity and risk to their environments.
"The convergence of cloud computing and mobile connectivity is changing the way infrastructures are built, applications are developed and information is delivered," he said. "HP Converged Cloud enables enterprises to incorporate a blend of public, private and managed cloud services with their existing IT to create a seamless hybrid environment that rapidly adapts to their changing requirements."
"HP Converged Cloud brings together industry-leading HP Converged Infrastructure, HP Converged Management and Security, Converged Information and hardened OpenStack technology," said Kapoor, adding that HP was the first company to offer a converged, open architecture approach to cloud computing.
He said HP Converged Cloud offerings included HP Public Cloud for next generation of Web applications, which would be globally available as a public beta from 10 May. "HP Cloud Services will deliver its initial offering, HP Public Infrastructure as a Service. The offering provides on-demand compute instances or virtual machines, scalable online storage capacity and accelerated delivery of cached content to end users. As a result, developers are able to deploy services within minutes and pay only for the resources they use."
Kapoor said that the bring-your-own device (BYOD) and mobile working trends are also creating shorter refresh cycles for IT. "The speed to market, agility and flexibility requirements of today's businesses mean that IDC's expectations are reasonable, especially as relying on traditional IT models would not support the need for fast IT-business alignment."
Additional cloud services
Also on 10 May, HP Cloud Services would introduce, as a private beta, two additional Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings: a relational database service for MySQL, and a block storage service that supports movement of data from one compute instance to another.
Meanwhile, to manage hybrid delivery environments, Kapoor said that HP's new Cloud Maps extended HP's integrated, open solution by providing prepackaged application templates that create a customised catalogue of application services ready for push-button deployment. Together with HP CloudSystem, HP Cloud Maps could reduce the time to create new cloud services for enterprise applications from months to minutes.
To help clients get the most out of these networks, HP was launching two new networking services. HP Virtual Network Protection Service used best practices to set the baseline for security at the network virtualisation management layer, which helped to mitigate common threats. HP Network Cloud Optimisation Service would help clients enhance their network to improve cloud-based service delivery by up to 93 percent compared to traditional download techniques.
For clients who do not wish to manage their own clouds, HP announced new HP Enterprise Cloud Services that provide offerings for private clouds, continuity services and unified communications. By outsourcing cloud management to a trusted IT provider, clients can leverage on-demand usage and pricing models to redirect cost savings to other strategic projects.
"Though most companies in Malaysia are still at the consolidation and virtualisation stage of the evolution to cloud, many CIOs are now in the planning and mapping stage to cloud," said HP Malaysia's Lim. "When talking to local customers, a two to three-year refresh cycle for changing vendors and upgrades is increasingly common. IT departments are now moving much faster when it comes to moving to the next technology."
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