Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is joining the parade of enterprise technology vendors trying to simplify customers’ move to hybrid cloud. After a tumultuous year in which the pre-split HP first declared its intention to become a major infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) vendor and then backed off that strategy, a rejuvenated HPE is going full bore toward hybrid cloud with a brace of new offerings.
It’s led by HPE Helion Cloud Suite, a new software suite aimed at private-cloud deployment that HPE said will enable customers to deliver and manage a broad spectrum of applications – including traditional, virtualized, cloud-native and containers—across a range of infrastructure environments. The suite includes and OpenStack-based IaaS platform, automation for rapid provisioning of IT services and applications and a self-service storefront for IT and developers. It also includes a DevOps development environment based on the open-source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
Helion Cloud Suite will be delivered in three forms: a basic version for infrastructure deployment, a premium offering with application development tools and an “ultimate” addition that enables workloads to be deployed across multiple cloud stacks.
HP also entered the “cloud-in-a-box” market with Helion CloudSystem 10, a bundled, turnkey system that includes Cloud Suite along with HPE hardware. The bundle features Helion OpenStack 3.0, HPE Cloud Service Automation 4.6, HPE Helion Stackato 4.0 and integration with HPE OneView 3.0 for automatic provisioning of cloud resources from bare metal infrastructure.
And in a bid for the hearts and minds of developers, HPE also upped its Cloud Foundry game with Helion Stackato 4.0, an open PaaS offering that’s intended for use in building cloud-native applications. The platform provides for continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) workflow and compatibility with any cloud technology stack. It also offers centralized monitoring, logging and a multi-cloud control plane.
Taken together, the announcements outlined a new, inclusive strategy HPE is taking toward cloud computing.
In an interview on theCUBE, Bobby Patrick, chief marketing officer at HPE Cloud (above), laid out a three-pronged cloud strategy.
- Help customers source, manage and consume cloud services across traditional IT, private, and public clouds.
- Work with leading public cloud providers through agreements like HPE’s partnership with Microsoft Azure and Dropbox Inc., as well as specialty cloud providers.
- Use Helion, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, along with a cloud orchestration layer, to pull public cloud, private cloud, managed and traditional IT into one consistent platform.
“In the past, HP had all these siloed operations,” Patrick said. “Not anymore. We’re bringing all these pieces together.”
HPE Cloud Suite, CloudSystem 10 and Stackato 4.0 are planned for availability in the second half of this year. HPE also said its Financial Services wing will broaden its portfolio of financing options to support the new products.
The strategy rang all the right bells with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier. “The box-mover type of company they used to be has to move into solutions,” Furrier said in an HPE Discover kickoff discussion on theCUBE.