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HP Cloud
Focus on your business, and quit agonizing over your hardware. With HP Cloud Compute, scaling and managing your computing resources is off your agenda, so you can spend more time doing things that matter for your business—like developing and testing new apps, and making your customers smile. Handle changing workloads easily and add new instances to quickly scale. That’s the power of HP Cloud Compute.
HP Cloud alternatives are:
Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud
Here are the latest news about HP Cloud:

2014 HP buys Eucalyptus to link Openstack and AWS


HP, which is basing its cloud strategy on OpenStack, has decided to buy Eucalyptus, a backer of a rival open-source cloud technology. And Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos (once known for his anti-OpenStack rhetoric) will lead the company’s cloud effort as SVP and general manager of HP’s cloud Business. Company executives didn’t provide much detail about integration plans, but stressed that Eucalyptus brings valuable experience in deploying private clouds that interoperate with Amazon Web Services to HP and that those AWS “use patterns” will come in handy as HP continues to push its OpenStack-based private, public and hybrid cloud vision into enterprise accounts. On the enterprise cloud market HP competes with Red Hat and IBM on the OpenStack side of the spectrum and VMware and Microsoft on the proprietary cloud side.



2012 HP Offers That Cloud Thing Everyone Is Talking About



The America's finest news source The Onion has published the video news about the new HP's cloud computing efforts. Here are some citations: "We definitely have the Cloud on our computers and it is better than anyone else's cloud". "How does our cloud work? It's so simple and intuitive that I don't need to waste your time explaining it". "Are there any additional features? Crowd-sourcing 2.0, we have social sharing, we have 4G, 5G, 6G, really all these G's".



2012 OpenStack launches. CloudStack departs. Amazon adapts SAP. Azure rebrands


Here is the news digest from the leading cloud platforms. First of all, the open-source platform OpenStack (aka Linux for the clouds) which had been developed for two years by the alliance of IT giants (Rackspace, NASA, Citrix, Intel, AMD, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM ...) - finally comes to production. Since May 1, it was adapted by RackSpace for its service Rackspace Cloud Files and last week HP launched the public beta of its HP Cloud platform, based on OpenStack. However, a week before the launch the trouble (common for open-source projects) occurred with OpenStack. Citrix, which has been one of the first participants in OpenStack, suddenly decided to grant its own cloud platform - CloudStack - to Apache Software Foundation. Thus, CloudStack not flowed into OpenStack but became a rival project. Citrix explained this decision by the slow OpenStack development and unwillingness of other parties to integrate with Amazon Web Services APIs.

As for Amazon, it's secured from such conflicts, and that's why is busy with more useful occupations - i.e. adaption of the world's largest ERP system SAP All-in-One to Amazon's cloud. Nothing can be more cool than SAP All-in-One in the Cloud, so the appearance of the first customer, using this cloud-based SAP will mean the great win to all cloud industry.

By the way a year ago SAP was going to port its ERP system not only to AWS, but also to the cloud platform of its main partner - Microsoft (Windows Azure). As now it turned out, that AWS - was the first. If in the near future SAP for Windows Azure won't appear, it will be a disaster for Microsoft's cloud business.

But maybe Microsoft has more important things to do. For example, rebranding. Recently the company announced that it will ditch the Windows Live brand. And then it came to Windows Azure. It's already known that a number of services will be renamed as follows: SQL Azure -> SQL Database, Azure Compute -> Cloud Services, Azure Storage -> Storage. It's still unknown whether the Azure brand will remain in the platform title. Why rename? Microsoft says, to erase the boundaries between the cloud and local IT infrastructure.



2011 HP vs Dell: Race to the Clouds

HP vs Dell
It is interesting to watch how the two giants - manufacturers of computer hardware, HP and Dell, are rushing towards the Cloud market. About a year ago they staged the great battle for the cloud storage developer 3PAR. Last year, both companies partnered with Microsoft for building private clouds on the Azure platform. And this year both companies joined the OpenStack alliance, that pushes its open cloud platform. And just after few days since Dell launched its own IaaS service and became the cloud provider, HP is announcing the same news. HP has introduced the two cloud services: HP Cloud Compute (something similar to Amazon EC2) and HP Cloud Object Storage (similar to Amazon S3).

Unlike Dell's cloud that works on the VMWare vCloud platform, HP's cloud is built on the open platform OpenStack. (Recall, Dell promised to add OpenStack and Azure support within few months). In addition, because HP, unlike Dell - is also the software company, it built the own easy to use User Interface for OpenStack (like smartphone manufacturers create their own interfaces for Android).

Meanwhile the HP cloud services are in closed private beta. To participate, you can send request on hpcloud.com



2011 HP and Dell support OpenStack

HP Dell OpenStack
It seems that OpenStack, the open-source IaaS platform led by Rackspace, has really become the Linux of the Cloud Computing era. The two cloud hardware giants - HP and Dell - has recently joined the alliance. HP joined on paper and Dell - are already in practice. Yesterday Dell unveiled the solution for building private and public clouds Dell OpenStack Cloud. From the title it's clear on what software platform it is built. Recall that the OpenStack alliance already includes the chip makers Intel and AMD, virtualization giant Citrix, networking giant Cisco, cloud management developers Cloudkick and Rightscale, cloud providers Rackspace and Cloud.com. Each of these companies contributes to the OpenStack development, making it ideally compatible with the hardware, networking equipment and intermediate software. On the other side of the market there are Oracle, IBM, VMWare and Amazon, offering their proprietary cloud solutions. But it will be hard for them to play against such a powerful alliance.