Cloud computing giant HP announced this week it has launched HP Converged Cloud unit, which will serve as a stand-alone organization that overlooks the company’s hosted computing services and software.
Last April, the company first launched the HP Converged Cloud line of services, which combine HP software and cloud services into a unified set of packages.
The integrated offerings are marketed to those organizations that are looking to combine public cloud services and their own internal IT resources into one unified architecture.
HP has appointed Saar Gillai, who previously served as VP and GM of HP cloud networking and HP networking CTO, to head up the new unit.
Gillai’s new title will be senior vice president and general manager of the HP Converged Cloud unit — a title he shares with Zorawar Biri Singh.
Gillai will report to HP chief operating officer Bill Veghte, who was previously a former Microsoft Windows executive.
As VP and GM of cloud networking, Gillari oversaw the development, marketing and sales of HP’s earlier cloud services.
“When we looked at what organisations needed to do as they incorporated the cloud into their IT, we saw that they will need to leverage a mix of different of cloud environments,” said Frances Guida, HP manager of cloud services. “They will have private clouds and public clouds as well.”
Guida adds that HP is striving to “deliver a cloud with a common architecture that spans all of these models.”
HP Converged Cloud unit will work to defining this combined architecture for services and software, while overseeing the marketing and certification for theses offerings.
HP says the Converged Cloud offerings enable customers to use HP hardware for their on-premise workloads, integrating well with HP’s public cloud resources.
Gillari’s past experience in networking should help HP expand its hybrid cloud offerings and ultimately help HP compete against Dell and Microsoft.
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