HP launches quick cloud starter and cloud maps
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 26-Jul-2012
HP last Thursday launched new HP Converged Cloud solutions in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) to help companies simplify the adoption of cloud computing in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.
The two new solutions, called HP CloudSystem Quick Start Kit and HP CloudSystem Solutions, are based on a common architecture, the HP Converged Infrastructure.
HP Converged Infrastructure is an IT architecture that integrates servers, storage, networking, security and management to automate the infrastructure-to-application lifecycle for hybrid service delivery management. It spans private, managed and public clouds as well as traditional IT on the integrated and open platform HP CloudSystem, and supports open source cloud computing, like OpenStack.
The new HP CloudSystem Quick Start Kit enables users to create a tailored, pre-configured cloud infrastructure. Using the starter kit, one can provision infrastructure and applications for physical and virtual environments within minutes. With built-in infrastructure lifecycle management, users can expect to reduce the total cost of ownership by up to 56%, HP said.
Industry-mapped cloud solutions
The new HP CloudSystem Solutions combines with HP CloudSystem Matrix, industry-leading applications and HP Cloud Maps to help users speed up cloud applications deployment on HP Converged Infrastructure.
The new HP CloudSystem Solutions are essentially industry- and workload-specific applications mapped under six industries known as HP Cloud Maps. These are pre-configured, integrated solutions that are based on development, testing and relationships with independent software vendors (ISVs), systems integrators and clients.
The industry sectors and industry-specific solutions covered under HP Cloud Maps are automotive, financial services, energy, public sector, outsourcing and manufacturing. For example, the HP Dealer Management System with Microsoft Dynamics enables automotive dealers to improve efficiency of internal operations with real-time information on auto sales and services.
Other examples of HP cloud mapped solution are HP CloudSystem Solution for Landmark Upstream Oil and Gas which allows remote specialist teams to collaborate on resources exploration using rich graphical user interfaces over a network; and the HP CloudSystem Solution for ABM Knowledgeware’s MAINet provides a public sector municipal corporation with real-time information management to improve management of departments, ward offices, division offices and other field offices.
The HP CloudSystem Solutions involve global partners like Microsoft, Red Hat and SAP, as well as APJ partners like Hannuri Digital and TMax Soft. Together they provide cloud-based applications ranging from email, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management to business intelligence.
According to Aman Dokania (pictured), vice president and general manager, cloud solutions, enterprise group, HP Asia Pacific and Japan, HP currently provides 140 cloud maps. Leveraging cloud map's automated provisioning and service catalog delivery capabilities, one can take less than one hour to create a new cloud-based service, and save up to 200 IT staff hours per application.
R&D in Tianjin, China
According to Dokania, research and development (R&D) of HP Cloud Maps was conducted in HP's first cloud solution center in Tianjin, China -- a 3,000 sqm facility launched in June 2011 to showcase HP's public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.
"Testing of all HP Cloud Maps, which can be performed on-site or remotely, are conducted by three parties -- HP, the ISVs, and the system integrators or value-added resellers," Dokania added.