HP Launches CloudStart to Fast Track Private Clouds

At VMworld 2010, HP introduced HP CloudStart, an all-in-one solution for deploying an open and flexible private cloud environment within 30 days.

Cloud computing has captured the interest of many enterprise leaders, not just the CIOs but also CEOs, because it will allow them to respond better and faster to get products and services to market, Alan Wilson, vice president, Infrastructure Consulting, Technology Services, HP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We are also seeing that companies are adopting public, private and hybrid clouds at an ever-increasing pace and that is good news. However, a number of them are miscalculating the benefits or not quite sure how to progress moving forward to achieve those business benefits," he notes. Businesses also need to better map their path to the cloud to identify a plan to converge both public and private cloud solutions over a period of time to make sure they maintain control of governance and security, and all the components that are critical to any IT enterprise corporate function.

Built on an HP Converged Infrastructure, HP CloudStart is intended to simplify and speed private cloud deployments for any size environment. HP CloudStart consists of hardware, software and services, and enables businesses to deliver pay-per-use services reliably and securely from a common portal, while also offering the ability to scale and deploy new services automatically. Real-time access to consumption and chargeback reports allows clients to operate their private cloud in the same fashion as a public cloud. With HP's open architecture approach, clients are able to integrate their private clouds with third-party enterprise portals, public cloud services, usage billing packages and multiplatform resource management.

According to Paul Miller, vice president of solutions and strategic alliances for enterprise servers, storage and networking for HP, there are three major components to CloudStart solution. These include Cloud Service Automation for Matrix, storage integration, and new Cloud Maps for key applications.

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