Helping business adopt cloud-based infrastructures

HP unveils service for design of scalable, flexible cloud-based infrastructures

February 16, 2010

HP Unveils Service for Design of Scalable, Flexible Cloud-based Infrastructures

HP today extended its cloud consulting services portfolio with a new design service that helps businesses and government agencies accelerate the adoption of cloud-based infrastructures to improve technology and business flexibility.

The HP Cloud Design Service takes a proven approach to designing and deploying scalable, cloud-based infrastructures that speed up the delivery of projects while mitigating risk. Additionally, HP’s design principles ensure the cloud infrastructure can support a hybrid sourcing model that includes private and public cloud options. This allows organisations to consume and deliver services that support different workloads.

“While cloud is entering a period of accelerated adoption, companies need strategic counsel on the cloud infrastructure design that will best meet their business goals,” said Gard Little, research manager, Worldwide Services and Emerging Services Opportunities, IDC. “No matter what path companies want to take to adopt cloud, HP offers a comprehensive set of services that cover complex and heterogeneous environments to help organisations maximise the business benefits.”

As part of the HP Cloud Design Service, HP works with clients to understand their requirements and existing IT investments. HP then creates a customised cloud infrastructure design blueprint and an implementation plan. This plan includes cost estimates, guidelines for deployment, testing, operational management, service life cycle management, governance and support.

HP has designed some of the most demanding cloud environments. For instance, HP’s federal team worked with the Defense Information Systems Agency to design Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE), a cloud infrastructure solution that accelerates the process of provisioning computing services for applications used by the U.S. military.

The HP Cloud Design Service offers the following benefits for clients:

—    Everything needed to offer a cloud service. The HP Reference Architecture for Cloud acts as a common framework for all cloud engagements and accommodates different business requirements, technologies, software stacks and cloud service requirements.

—    Speed time to delivery and mitigate implementation risk. The design blueprint and implementation plan take into account people, process, technology, cost estimations and workload migration aspects.

—    Reduces costly technology redundancies while helping clients make strategic investment decisions. HP uses tested, repeatable planning and analysis tools from HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 best practices and proven methodologies developed from major cloud design implementations.

—    Leverage existing technology investments. Heterogeneous and highly repeatable design principals and objective recommendations ensure seamless integration of HP Converged Infrastructure technologies, HP software and third-party products into the overall cloud infrastructure design.

“Organisations of all types are struggling to understand how to build a cloud-specific infrastructure that is safe and effective while meeting their business objectives,” said Vincent Khanyile Infrastructure Consulting Manager, Technology Services, HP South Africa. ”HP has the experience to help clients ensure the design and implementation of cloud infrastructure will deliver the expected benefits today and in the future.”