HP has expanded its portfolio of cloud migration services to help organizations deploy applications to the cloud in a shorter span of time and at a lower cost.
“We want to offer customers the best and easiest transition from their legacy traditional IT today to a hybrid cloud,” Helen Tang, HP Worldwide Solutions Manager for Converged Infrastructure, said, adding “we need to be a bridge to the future.”
Launched in April 2012, HP’s Converged Cloud strategy seeks to help organizations optimize their current IT infrastructure while enabling them to develop a successful plan toward a cloud-based future.
The portfolio includes the HP Cloud Operating System, HP Moonshort servers, the HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite, and the Enterprise Cloud Services for Enterprise Applications.
Based on a stock version of the OpenStack open-source suite of infrastructure hosting software, the HP Cloud OS is an operating system (OS) designed specifically for cloud computing.
The CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite helps organizations to quickly take the first step to platform and application cloud services. With this tool, enterprises can deploy applications to the cloud within two weeks at 20% lower the cost.
Meanwhile, the Enterprise Cloud Services for Enterprise Applications seeks to solve the complexity of cloud-enabling enterprise applications.
HP also announced the HP Converged Infrastructure Capability Model (CI-CM) that provides a full suite of tools and consulting services to enable organizations to develop a successful plan toward a cloud-based future.
Free to qualified clients, HP CI-CM enables organizations to assess the current state of their data center and define an action-oriented plan for reaching a Converged Cloud environment.
HP CI-CM offers tools and consultation that span the architecture to help speed IT service delivery. HP CI-CM includes consultative engagements and assessment tools for customers to make informed technology buying and operational process decisions. With an exclusive set of benchmarks and best practices, HP CI-CM provides an insightful, holistic view of the data center derived from more than 1,500 profiles and 75,000 data points garnered from independent research.
In addition the HP Converged Cloud Workshop and HP Enterprise Innovation Centers are helping organizations gain a holistic view of the cloud with hands on, interactive experiences. Topics discussed during the HP Converged Cloud Workshop include cloud concepts and architecture, the transformation journey, the cloud service family, cloud economics, cloud infrastructure and facilities, applications and information, security and availability, governance and organization, and the cloud roadmap.
With locations in China, Japan and Singapore, the HP Enterprise Innovation Centers offer insight into key technologies including HP Converged Infrastructure, Converged Cloud and extended HP solutions delivered by subject matter experts, partner briefings and immersive demonstrations.
Preference for hybrid cloud
A survey conducted by HP among its customers, reveals that most respondents prefer hybrid cloud environments. The study also showed that by 2016, 75% of enterprise IT infrastructure will be cloud-based, broken down as follows: 39% private cloud, 15% public, and 21% managed.
More than half of the respondents says open standards is also critical in cloud computing.
These results came up despite claims of 68% of IT executives that their primary concern in adopting cloud technology is security.
Tang also noted that HP will equip its customers with a technology roadmap based on their organization’s current maturity level, needs and goals to help their bid towards cloud be a profitable investment. She is hoping that these services will translate into additional customers for HP.
For his part, Ryan C. Guadalquiver, Managing Director and General Manager, Enterprise Group of HP, shares that some of the HP accounts in the Philippines are already going for, at least, a private cloud environment. He also said that the early adaptors of cloud computing in the country use HP cloud technology.
Guadalquiver also explains the vital role of strategic partnerships in working towards innovation and cloud. “Local companies should be able to adapt to innovation, getting prepared and bettered in a shorter amount of time,” he said. He believes that there is a need to educate the market about cloud, and share experiences of the early cloud adaptors to them.
Ulyses Ty, Chief Operations Officer of Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS), also believes that adapting to innovation accelerates operations. “HP cloud system allows local companies to get things faster and quicker, enabling them to keep up with the speed of innovation of the rest of the market,” he said.
Ty relayed that a lot of experiences of the local companies are with free public cloud services, in which case, they are not really the cloud customers because it’s free. “You really need to educate the market in terms of the differences between the free cloud and the enterprise-level cloud,” he added.
An HP partner since 2001, ICS conducts demos and consumer events about cloud technology in its Solutions Center located in San Juan City. It has four service centers to serve its growing clients. With more than 300 employees, of whom over 100 are certified engineers, ICS is consistently listed in the country’s Top Corporations in the Philippines, and the Philippines’ top HP partner for five consecutive years.