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HP To Join Cloud Flight

Hewlett-Packard sees the cloud as part of its two-month-old notion of “Instant-On Enterprises”

Hewlett-Packard’s gonna do what it always swore it wasn’t gonna do and that’s wield its own multi-tenant and hybrid private clouds up against IBM, Amazon and Rackspace, but mostly IBM, expecting to attract the dev and test crowd at the top 2000 global accounts first.

It says it will deliver “private cloud as a service” from its state-of-the-art data centers.

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The company expects to start in North America and EMEA in February and expand to Asia-Pacific and Japan mid-year, according to Sandeep Johri, president, corporate accounts & industries. Apparently it’s already been practicing with France Telecom and its some of its non-French customers.

It’s got what it calls, in its flat, inimitably pedestrian way, HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Compute, a hybrid private cloud that bundles SLA-based pay-as-you-go server, storage, network and security resources for running core applications and processes. It promises enterprise- and government- grade security, availability and ease of integration.

CloudSystem, based on HP’s popular blade servers and its notion of a “Converged Infrastructure,” uses HP’s cloud automation and management software for delivering unified security, governance and compliance across applications, as well as physical and virtual infrastructure.

It’s advertised as “the most complete, integrated system to build, manage and consume services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.”

CloudSystem is supposed to enable new cloud services to be up and running in minutes and supports HP Cloud Maps, which provide preconfigured catalog objects to automatically provision optimized application and infrastructure resources. It’s got Maps for Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, SAS, Symantec, Tibco and VMware.

HP sees the cloud as part of its two-month-old notion of “Instant-On Enterprises,” where everything and everyone is connected and users can quickly adjust to changing demand.

It figures the cloud is going mainstream and claims to have “the enterprise experience, breadth of portfolio and global service delivery organization to lead our clients through this transformation.”

Naturally it will sell services into the endeavor and offer financing for clients building private cloud deployments who want to minimize capital expenditures.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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