Earlier this month during the second day of its annual HP Discover user conference in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard launched HP Cloud OS, an open and extensible cloud technology platform that leverages the power of OpenStack technology.
According to HP, the new platform enables workload portability, simplified installation and enhanced life cycle management across hybrid clouds. It's only offered on the company's HP CloudSystem private cloud solution which provides customers a greater choice in deployment options. It's also on HP Moonshot servers which provide simplified provisioning and management for specific cloud workloads like dedicated hosting and large-scale websites.
"With Moonshot, we're running the Cloud OS and OpenStack on bare metal," Saar Gillai, HP senior vice president and general manager of the converged cloud, told PC World, adding that Moonshoot servers won't need an underlying OS. "This is pretty revolutionary. I don't think there is any other commercial availability of something like this."
HP Cloud Services, HP’s public cloud solution, also leverages HP Cloud OS technology. It provides one of the leading public clouds based on OpenStack technology, the company said.
"New research commissioned on behalf of HP reveals that by 2016, it is expected to be a hybrid world with 75 percent of enterprise IT delivered across private, managed and public clouds," the company said. "Further, half of the respondents believe that open standards are important in the emergence of cloud computing. This indicates that customers want an open, hybrid cloud solution to generate new opportunities, drive competitive differentiation and lower the cost of operations."
HP's Cloud OS platform is based on a stock version of the OpenStack open-source suite of infrastructure hosting software. However Cloud OS includes a number of features not included or not well-supported by OpenStack. HP isn't modifying OpenStack itself, but providing plug-ins both on top and below the open-source suite. Cloud OS reportedly streamlines the installation process, can upgrade itself automatically, and even provides tools for provisioning a setup directly from a system model. Cloud OS even allows customers to swap workloads between an on-premises cloud and an HP cloud service.
"[HP Cloud OS] will provide the foundation for our common architecture for the HP converged cloud," Gillai said. "We're bridging between private cloud and public cloud."
In addition to Cloud OS, the company announced a number of other services at the conference including several updates for its HP Cloud IaaS, new software in the company's Autonomy business, and more. The full announcement related to the conference is available here.
Customers interested in the benefits of an OpenStack-based architecture for their cloud needs can evaluate and learn more about HP Cloud OS by experimenting with the company's Cloud OS Sandbox at no additional cost. Aditional information regarding HP Cloud OS can be read here.
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