HP announces private cloud solution based on open architecture

PC vendor HP today announced a new pre-configured private cloud solution called HP Helion Rack, one that integrates with the company’s server hardware and is based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry open source code.

According to HP, the Helion Rack is designed to handle both secure and compliant as well as cloud applications.

“HP Helion Rack, including HP Helion OpenStack, HP Helion Development Platform and HP ProLiant DL servers, is built at the HP factory and arrives ready for installation by HP experts,” the company said in a statement. “It offers HP partners the opportunity to differentiate themselves by meeting customer needs faster with a proven, complete OpenStack technology private cloud solution that also leverages their HP infrastructure expertise.”

Specifically, the HP Helion Rack aims to integrate both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities in a private cloud solution.  The open architecture used by the solution allows for both faster deployment and easier management, the company said.

“Enterprise customers are asking for private clouds that meet their security, reliability and performance requirements, while also providing the openness, flexibility and fast time-to-value they require,” said Bill Hilf, senior vice president of product and service management at HP Cloud in a statement. “HP Helion Rack offers an enterprise class private cloud solution with integrated application lifecycle management, giving organizations the simplified cloud experience they want, with the control and performance they need.”

HP Helion Rack will be available in April.

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