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HP rolls out cloud computing applications

Jack Loo | Dec. 17, 2009
HP says these systems are designed to help manage risks associated with cloud adoption

Robin Purohit, vice president and general manager, software products, HP

HAMBURG, 17 DECEMBER 2009 - HP has unveiled a trio of cloud computing releases designed to help CIOs optimise the costs of cloud adoption.

The technology bellwether announced enhancements to its Cloud Assure and Operations Orchestration platforms, and introduced communications-as-a-service (CaaS), to some 3,000 delegates at its Software Universe 2009 at Hamburg, Germany.

HP believes that the knowledge and interest in cloud adoption has increased much compared to a year ago. There is a real pragmatic interest from customers thinking how can I take advantage of this before my competitor does?', said Robin Purohit, vice president and general manager, software products, HP.

The add-ons for Cloud Assure are designed to give businesses more control of variable costs associated with adopting cloud services. There are three HP applications SiteScope, Diagnostics and Elastic Test.

SiteScope software measures resource utilisation ensuring that computing capacity is optimised for fluctuations in end-user application demand.

Diagnostics provides visibility into application code performance, including transaction-related conditions such as slow database queries, inefficient Java methods and memory leakage. This helps businesses to isolate and fix code-related issues while minimising the need to purchase more compute resources.

Elastic Test enables businesses to expand and contract the volume of application testing in an on-demand, pay-as-you-go fashion. As a result, cloud consumers have the ability to benchmark and tune the application's cloud footprint to ensure all services levels are met at the most predictable cost.

Operations Orchestration enables customers to provision physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructures. Now, this extends to the use of cloud services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) as well as to virtualisation technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

CaaS for SMBs

HP communications-as-a-service (CaaS) is a cloud program that enables service providers to offer it to small and medium enterprises (SMBs) delivered on an outsourced basis and is priced like utilities.

HP CaaS includes an aggregation platform, four communications services (self-service interactive voice response and video surveillance from HP, and unified communications and IP contact centres from partners, as well as the flexibility to add other on-demand services.

A HP-commissioned Forrester Consulting study has indicated that the addressable market for the four services is estimated to be at least US$6.2 billion and there is a strong demand for SMBs to use these technologies on an as-a-service basis.

However, not every business might be ready for cloud computing. Purohit urged businesses that are looking at cloud adoption to take a cautious approach. Before you go to somebody, decide how viable it is. Evaluate it and if it works, then it is great. You should know what you are getting into.


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