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HP Cloud is the set of cloud solutions available from Hewlett-Packard (HP) that offers public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, managed cloud, and other cloud services. It is the combination of the previous HP Converged Cloud business unit  and HP Cloud Services which is the OpenStack based public cloud. It is used by enterprise organizations so they can combine public cloud services with their own internal IT resources to create hybrid clouds, or a mix of different cloud computing environments made up of private and public clouds.
- 1 History
- 2 Cloud computing issues
- 3 HP Converged Cloud characteristics and components
- 4 HP Public Cloud
- 5 References
- 6 External links
HP Converged Cloud was launched in April 2012. HP Converged Cloud is managed under a Hewlett-Packard business unit established in 2013 named The Converged Cloud unit, headed by Saar Gillai as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Converged Cloud.
HP Public Cloud was announced on March 14, 2011, and launched as a public beta on May 10, 2012. HP Fellow and MySQL author Brian Aker announced the Relational Database Service on stage at the 2012 MySQL User's Conference. The HP Public Cloud Beta that went live in May 2012 included OpenStack-based storage and content delivery network (CDN) components. HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud CDN were moved into general availability on August 1, 2012. HP Cloud DNS as a Service was moved into general availability on July 1, 2013.
The two business units were merged in late 2013 and announced at the HP Discover event in Barcelona, Spain.
Cloud computing issues
Moving between clouds
Business organizations that want to use cloud computing have a choice of using a private cloud, which is a cloud infrastructure run specifically for a single organization that it built itself or by a third-party; or a public cloud, whereby a service provider makes available applications, storage, and other resources to the general public. The decision of which to use is based on a number of factors, such as whether the company operates in a highly-regulated sector, such as the pharmaceuticals industry that must comply with rules regarding the control and security of data, or if the business must bring services to market quickly, such as a web applications developer. The first would opt for a private cloud for security peace of mind, while the web developer would choose a public cloud offering. Most companies would operate a mixture the two, also known as hybrid cloud delivery.
Employing a hybrid delivery cloud strategy lets organizations use different cloud delivery services for specific applications. For instance, a public cloud may be a more cost-effective service for the compute-intensive task of processing analytics, but the data would remain local, or private, to comply with regulations. Because a hybrid delivery strategy lets organizations run applications and services across different clouds, collocation, and data centers, an example benefit of such a delivery mechanism is that organizations can move an app from one geographic location to another in major storms.
There can by different types of hybrid clouds for specific tasks. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model can be a hybrid cloud in that it could use operating systems and virtualization technologies from both a public and private cloud infrastructure to provide cloud services. Other models that mixes on-premises cloud with public cloud technologies include Platform as a Service (PaaS), which includes infrastructure services combined with development tools and middleware; and Software as a Service (SaaS), which is used to develop packaged software.
However, moving data in the cloud can be a difficult procedure. In the case of Software as a Service (SaaS), it is difficult particularly if the incumbent cloud provider used proprietary software, or if it altered an open source application.
A way to mitigate cloud migration difficulties is to architect applications for the cloud that reduce or eliminate the dependencies between the cloud application stack and the capabilities of the cloud service provider. Another way is to select only generic and higher-level applications to move to the cloud in the first place. Another method is to select open standards for cloud computing.
A best practice for avoiding cloud migration problems is to use a management platform that can support applications in any environment a user organization is likely to use. This has been described as using a "best-of-breed" approach.
HP Converged Cloud characteristics and components
HP Converged Cloud follows the premise of Converged infrastructure: the integration of compute, storage, and networking components and technologies into self-provisioning pools of shared resources, and supported by IT services. One of the benefits of a data center based on converged infrastructure, including a converged infrastructure data center that delivers cloud services, is that manual tasks can be automated, thus reducing the time and cost to carry out them out.
HP Converged Cloud is neutral regarding the manufacturer of cloud components used, such as virtual machine hypervisors, operating systems, and development environments. For example, HP Converged Cloud supports all hypervisors, including those from VMware, Microsoft, and Red Hat.
HP Converged Cloud is based on OpenStack. This allows user organizations to move cloud applications between HP cloud systems and other cloud systems based on OpenStack. The support for open standards technology enables user organizations to employ a hybrid delivery strategy for their cloud consumption. It also means private clouds based on converged infrastructure are compatible with public cloud platforms based on OpenStack, such as RackSpace and Nebula. The benefit is that user organization can decouple their applications from being tied to a particular hardware platform. User organizations may want to do this when they want to move key workloads to another Infrastructure-as-a-Service supplier.
HP CloudSystem is a component of HP Converged Cloud. It enables user organizations to burst workloads to external or internal cloud resources in times of increased workloads or when they want additional compute resources. This function is known as cloud bursting.
Industry sector packages
HP Converged Cloud includes a number of packages for different industry sectors. For instance, HP Converged Cloud Services for Airlines integrates Software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to the airline industry. Applications for that include HP Passenger Service Solution, which integrates travel and transportation industry applications into a single airline booking and travel SaaS environment.
HP Public Cloud
HP Public Cloud is a public cloud service from Hewlett-Packard (HP) that offers compute, storage, and platform services that are accessible via the public Internet to developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), SMBs, and enterprises of all sizes (including public sector). HP built its cloud infrastructure using OpenStack technology, an open source cloud infrastructure project, and plans to deliver end-to-end, converged cloud capabilities that let users manage their cloud deployments across hybrid,private, managed private, and public cloud delivery models with HP Public Cloud offering an open, interoperable, intuitive, and reliable public cloud option.
- Archival as a Service is the automated movement and retention of unstructured information in the cloud to improve performance, scale, and manageability of applications while conforming to compliance and e-discovery requirements. Data archiving is often confused with data backups, which are copies of active data which is needed for computing on a frequent basis.
- Backup as a Service is for organizations of all sizes that need to back-up active data regularly to avoid losses, stay compliant and preserve data integrity.
- Collaboration as a Service enables organizations to manage data and enable file/information sharing with minimal latency.
- PC and Mobile Backup and Synchronization enables enterprise and SMB workers to use multiple devices to create, share and access data.
- Big Data Processing to analyze and index large data volumes in the hundreds of petabytes in size, as well run distributed queries across multiple data sets and then returned in near real time.
- Enterprise Application Migration is an open cloud interface based on standards-based OpenStack APIs to support on-premise server migration. It provides a variety of solution tools from HP solution partners to deploy complex multi-tier applications.
- Managing Production Workloads
- Mobile Application Development and Deployment solutions provides the platform developers need to host existing software on the Internet and to host e-commerce, e-marketing, and SaaS sites as well.
- Test & Development solution enables access to dev/test environments on demand, and speed up time to market by deploying computing resources and adding capacity in minutes on a pay-as-you-go basis.
- Database Archiving
- Converged Cloud: Bursting to the HP Cloud is a HP Public Cloud solution that provides enterprises a common architecture across private cloud, managed cloud, and public cloud with traditional IT infrastructures to “Burst” from smaller private clouds into the public cloud during peak demand periods. HPCS is integrated with HP CloudSystem, cloud infrastructure from HP that combines storage, servers, networking and software for organizations to build complete private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.
- HP Cloud Compute is a public cloud compute solution that can deliver a virtual server on demand. New virtual servers, or compute instances, can be brought online in seconds and can be fully customized to meet a variety of computing needs. It is built on OpenStack’s open source operating environment and enhanced with unique HP technology.
- HP Cloud Object Storage is a public cloud storage solution that delivers secure, scalable capacity on demand. Storage capacity can be obtained online in seconds, allowing a flexible, manageable computing environment.
- HP Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a webservice that delivers data from HP Cloud Object Storage to users all around the world. Using an extensive global network of servers from HP and Akamai Technologies, HP Cloud CDN routes content tolocal servers closest to customers.
- HP Cloud Block Storage enables organizations to store data from HP Cloud Compute instances for as long as needed. HP Cloud Block Storage is idealfor applications requiring frequent read/write access such as web applications.
- HP Cloud Relational Database is a managed, web-based service that provides users with on-demand access to a relational database in the cloud.
- HP Cloud Load Balancers are a managed load balancing service that allow for the automatic distribution of incoming traffic across compute resources.
- HP Cloud DNS is an enterprise-grade domain name system featuring anycast routing.
- HP Cloud Monitoring delivers fundamental compute and block storage metrics, providing visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health.
- HP Cloud Application Platform as a Service is an application platform for development, deployment, and management of cloud applications using any language on any stack.
HP Public Cloud has created a Cloud Partner Ecosystem that enables partners to provide services that use the HP Public Cloud infrastructure. The Solution Partners program is designed to help Solution Partners enhance their cloud offering and increase exposure to new customers and markets. Solution Partners offer software, applications and cloud services on top of and/or integrated with HP Public Cloud. The program consists of a set of tools, best practices, documentation, and support.
- Development & Testing
- Management, e.g., Orchestration
- Mobile computing
- Platform as a Service
The Public Cloud Program for VARs enables channel partners to expand their cloud portfolio and market reach.Examples of partner and company types that benefit from this program include:
- Value Added Resellers
- Channel partners
- Consulting firms
- Content services, e.g., websites, mobile apps, intranet sites
- Deployment, migration, and transformation services
- Digital agencies
- Systems integrators (SIs)
- Professional Services
The Public Cloud Program for GSIs enables system integrators to expand their cloud practice with the complete HP Converged Cloud offering including HP Public Cloud.
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