HP Goes Hybrid in the Cloud, Stakes its Turf

We’re not a full month into 2011, and already Hewlett-Packard is making some noise.  Today, HP unleashes a line of new products and services that will control the influence of the cloud, while at the same time ensuring they meet necessary levels of security, performance and availability for diverse businesses, and runs at government-level demands.  This is thanks to the cloud combo, merging its new enterprise cloud service the CloudSystem, with the significantly upgraded private cloud segment, based on HP’s BladeSystem.

The CloudSystem looks to be an interesting case, building on HP’s converged BladeSystem Matrix, launched nearly two years ago.  It can operate as a hybrid with this new in-house system, in addition to supporting clouds from third party providers, like Amazon or VMware.  The move is a precedent for the company, setting a revamped tone for big cloud players.  The secondary market has been making alliances throughout the industry, providing channels for circumventing vendor lock-in.

.Following HP’s big revelation, Ann Livermore, Executive VP of HP Enterprise Business briefly discussed how HP will maintain its lead in the industry with the rise of cloud computing, saying “Cloud computing is going mainstream and HP is leading the way. HP has the enterprise experience, breadth of portfolio and global service delivery organization to lead our clients through this transformation.”

Livermore further noted, “To create an Instant-On Enterprise, organizations need to close the gap between what customers and citizens expect and what the enterprise can deliver. With HP’s cloud solutions, clients can determine the right service delivery models to deliver the right results, in the right time frame, at the right price.”

The new HP Hybrid Delivery Solutions were made and designed to balance and address the many issues cloud clients are facing with managing their rapidly growing data (that is the industry cure!). Powering forward with this early release marks an aggressive tone for HP’s cloud-related plans for the year.

In another report HP notes the primary benefits of a hybrid cloud:   “…hybrid delivery is an integration of traditional IT with private and public cloud services based on service level agreements (SLAs). It wants to offer a so-called full spectrum of services – such as transforming applications and managing and monitoring cloud services – to help businesses move into their own-built private clouds as well as using public clouds.

“The main pitch is that businesses can use this hybrid delivery to become so-called “Instant-On” businesses, starting up new offerings of goods and/or services in hours, even minutes, instead of days, weeks and months.”

Overall, the fusion HP products will certainly create a massive impact to the tech community, especially with competitors like IBM heading in multi-directional cloud services as well. The idea here is for HP to focus on the business sector, learning from client needs and managing its best fit for the widening cloud industry.   Effects most anticipated are to drive down total costs of IT management, while reducing its complexity from an interfacing and product integration standpoint, and allowing businesses to focus on their core processes, innovation and customer value, rather than on an ongoing litany of data management headaches.