HP signs China deal for Helion community cloud deployments

HP has signed a deal with Chinese firm Beijing UnionRead to provide community cloud services

HP has signed a deal with a Chinese content network provider Beijing UnionRead to host cloud services in the country using its Helion OpenStack service. The move underlines the growing push by tech firms to increase their presence in China, even as security issues continue to linger.

HP said Beijing UnionRead would offer community cloud services to customers in the region, such as local governments or state-run industries, to help save costs by pooling resources into a shared set of offerings.

This will cover three distinct areas of cloud services:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) tools, such as compute, storage and networking.
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) tools to help develoeprs build and host cloud-based applications.
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, including big data analytics tools.

The chief technology officer of HP Martin Fink said this model of using community clouds is very much the future in China, where organisations are looking for efficiencies in all areas of their business.

“Community clouds will become increasingly prevalent in China as communities of interest, such as an automotive supply chain or a city government, seek to gain efficiencies and speed by leveraging a common cloud infrastructure,” he said.

Chief executive of HP Meg Whitman also revealed details of the announcement on the firm’s Q3 financial earnings call when the firm revealed a rise in revenues, touting the deal as key for building HP’s position in China.

“HP has reached an agreement with China’s leading content-distribution network service provider to build and operate community clouds for enterprise customers in China, using HP Helion OpenStack,” she said.

“This will enable HP to meet customers’ fast-growing demand for cloud services in one of the world’s fastest-growing cloud markets.”

HP said its move to partner with Beijing UnionRead underlined its commitment to the nation, where it has operated since 1985, although firms providing services that manage data on Chinese citizens and firms must use local partners for this purpose.

Robert Mao, chairman for the China Region at HP, added: “The HP Helion Cloud operated by UnionRead will provide world-class cloud technologies and services in China, helping enterprise and commercial customers collaborate across industries to benefit from the cloud era.”

The move by HP comes a week after Apple revealed it was storing data from Chinese customers on servers in the region, in a move to allay security concerns from the nation, which even cited the iPhone as a security risk by tracking users.

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22 August 2014 | 9:42 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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