HP Helion Rack delivers pre-built cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry

HP aims to make cloud easier to deploy with HP Helion Rack

HP has expanded its Helion cloud computing portfolio with a ready-built private cloud offering that delivers its own OpenStack build along with the Cloud Foundry application layer, integrated with HP hardware infrastructure.

Available from April, HP Helion Rack is described as a pre-configured, pre-tuned and pre-tested private cloud solution. It enables speedy deployment of an OpenStack cloud without the complexity, as it is factory built and installed on the customer’s site by HP.

As its name suggests, HP Helion Rack is delivered as a 42U rack and comprises a number of HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 servers plus 10Gbps and 1Gbps networking. These are pre-configured with HP’s Helion OpenStack build and the HP Helion Development Platform, based on the open source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service layer for building and deploying applications and services.

Bill Hilf, HP’s senior vice president of product management for Helion, said the new Helion Rack provides customers with the simplified cloud experience they want and the control and performance they need.

“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,” he said.

HP partners will also be able to provide support for customers in onboarding cloud services, scaling out the system, and operating their cloud solution, according to Hilf.

This kind of pre-built all-in-one engineered solution has become increasingly popular over the past few years as infrastructure has become more complex and IT departments have struggled to build private clouds from scratch using discrete servers and other components.

Other vendors offering similar systems include VCE with its VBlock systems using VMware’s platform, and the Cloud Platform System from Microsoft and Dell based on Windows Azure technologies.

HP did not disclose pricing details for the HP Helion Rack, but said that this will vary depending on configuration. However, HP Financial Services can provide the flexibility of monthly payment options for standard hardware, software and support service configurations, the firm said.

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24 March 2015 | 3:55 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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