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HP has announced the next step in its Instant-On Enterprise concept, as announced back in November, with a new range of cloud computing services.
The firm believes that workers are increasingly demanding instantly accessible information, and insisting that organisations are able to be flexible enough to meet these needs through technology such as cloud computing.
With its Hybrid Delivery System, HP is aiming to help cloud computing fully enter the mainstream, attempting to offer many businesses and governments a first step into the use of cloud computing services.
According to HP, business and IT are now almost totally intertwined, with three separate modes of IT service delivery models identified, namely traditional technology deployment, private cloud delivery from HP’s own data centres and public cloud services.
HP research has shown that senior executives within business, technology and government sectors believe that by 2015 18 percent of their IT delivery will coming through the public cloud, while 28 percent is expected to be coming through the private cloud. The remainder is expected to be handled by traditional methods of delivery – either being managed in house, outsourced or both.
In order to successfully implement a range of varying methods, HP believes that organisations need an IT delivery model that is flexible across different sourcing options, but crucially it must be managed in an integrated way that is easy to use.
HP aims to be able to provide firms with a number of options for implementing cloud computing by offering both types of cloud services to organisations, whether in house or otherwise, so that an organisation is able to tailor to their own business needs.
To do this it is important to actually identify which services are suitable to each of the three service delivery options.
In order to advise clients on this HP offers workload analysis tools, assessment workshops and experts to help clients select the right delivery model, before developing a business case and road map with the client.
The client then has access to relevant hardware and software used to implement the service, whether traditional, private cloud or public.
Also HP management software and services are able to unify all relevant processes, whether storage, network or applications, claiming that it will simplify through automation of monitoring and troubleshooting at a much lower cost than has been possible in the past.
David Chalmers, HP's CTO of Enterprise Storage and Servers, told TechEye that UK governmental departments have been very much involved in discussions prior to the launch of the new delivery system as they seek to cut costs.
HP would, for example, be able to provide a private cloud for use between the MoJ, who have expressed an interest, and the police force which could then be securely and easily accessed by just those two organisations.
Of course one of the areas that HP are wishing to change perceptions among potential users is the security of working with sensitive information through the of cloud technology, whether that is in the government or any number of private areas.
This is one of the reasons that a ‘hybrid’ approach seems to be taken by HP, as it means that small steps can be taken towards incorporating the technology, as the technology increasingly becomes widely accepted.
Another example of enticing organisations to cloud computing through the concept of hybridity rather a massive jump is that, while the HP technology will predominantly be using Windows and Linux, organisations will also be able to use legacy systems.
Indeed at today’s press briefing it was noted by HP that cloud computing is in a similar position to when the internet began to be fully incorporated into businesses, while one of the team stating that “Cloud is not important, it is vital.”
HP told TechEye that the service would be available firstly as a subscription based service before eventually becoming a pay per usage system.