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HP Unveils Hardware-Agnostic Cloud Service Provider Network

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In an effort to provide organizations services that meet their needs, IT hardware provider HP has unveiled the HP Helion Network which is designed to provide hardware-agnostic services and secure hybrid IT environments through a variety of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers.

HP made the announcement at Discover Las Vegas 2014, and intends to launch the HP Helion Network as a pilot program in the fourth quarter of 2014. It is the latest addition to the HP Helion cloud portfolio, which was announced last month along with a plan to invest $1 billion in cloud computing over the next two years in support of new open-source cloud platforms and products.

Helion Network service providers will provide the foundation for the ecosystem of services, and could include many of HP’s 115 CloudAgile Service Provider program members.

The hardware-agnostic Helion Network is designed to encourage workload portability and provide enterprises open, secure and agile hybrid IT environments without vendor lock-in. Through the Helion Network, enterprises will have access to an enterprise-grade cloud service and application portfolio, as well as network-enhanced services such as secure cloud networking.

Companies can use the Helion Network to buy services that meet their country-specific data regulations such as data sovereignty, retention and protection.

“In order for enterprises to deliver the new style of IT, they need control over their data, as well as flexibility in service levels and delivery models for their workloads,” HP COO Bill Veghte said in a statement. “Only HP has the portfolio and expertise that combines the innovative power of open systems with enterprise-grade manageability and security. The result for customers is a cloud that enterprises can rely on.”

As part of its commitment to the Helion portfolio, HP also announced that it is readying its HP Helion OpenStack distribution and the HP Helion Development Platform for general availability by Q4.

Now available as a preview, HP Helion OpenStack is designed to provide a scale-out, hardened and commercial-grade deployment of OpenStack, and will be offered for a set fee of $1,400 per server for an annual commercial subscription (with discounts beginning at 50 nodes).

The Helion Development Platform is an integrated cloud application platform based on CloudFoundry that is fully integrated and tested with HP Helion OpenStack, and helps developers develop, deploy and scale native cloud applications.

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