Wednesday, 06 June 2012 17:32

HP expands converged cloud offerings

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Hewlett-Packard has expanded its converged cloud portfolio, releasing a suite of new solutions which it says will enable enterprises to accelerate innovation and enhance agility.

HP’s managing director, South Pacific, David Caspari, said the company had released solutions for:

•    Delivering converged cloud services for the airline industry

•    Building hybrid cloud environments

•    Managing the next generation of cloud applications

•    Increasing office productivity with cloud print solution and,

•    Closing the IT cloud expertise skills gap

HP promotes its HP Converged Cloud, introduced in April, as the industry’s first strategy and portfolio based on a single architecture that combines private, managed and public cloud, as well as traditional IT.

According to Caspari, recent research conducted on behalf of HP suggests that by 2020, “senior business and technology executives expect their organisation’s public and private cloud delivery models to nearly double.” However, Caspari cautions that if not implemented properly, “these delivery models could yield cloud silos, creating complexity, risk and vendor lock-in.”

“Successful organisations need to be able to select the right delivery model for their technology needs whether it be in the cloud or on premise. HP’s Converged Cloud approach provides enterprises choice in delivery model and platform with the confidence.”

Caspari said HP had also bolstered its solutions and partner programs for communications managed service providers delivering cloud services to their business customers with new versions of HP CloudSystem Service Provider and new members of the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program.

New HP Cloud Planning Services help clients determine their hybrid delivery options and expedite the planning and analysis phases of cloud deployments, and Caspari said HP Datacentre Care offers clients “customised support relationship through a single point of contact to deploy, help operate and evolve client data centres as they move from traditional data centres to a converged cloud model.”

According to Caspari, research showed that 60 percent of chief information officers believed that the IT expertise skills gap was hampering the ability to execute cloud strategies and solutions.

Caspari says that in an ongoing effort to close the gap, HPExpertONE, its “extensive training and certification program for IT professionals, had introduced two new cloud certifications—the Accredited technical Professional for the cloud administrator and the Accredited Solution for the cloud integrator. “These HP ExpertONE cloud certifications are instrumental in enabling enterprises to transform from product-centric IT to unified service-centric IT that is open, secure, agile and consistent across cloud and traditional IT services.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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