HP Powers Move to Cloud for Enterprises and Service Providers

VIENNA, AUSTRIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Nov 30, 2011 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced new Cloud Solutions that advance deployment of private, public and hybrid clouds, enabling enterprises, service providers and governments to capitalize on emerging market opportunities.

With thousands of successful cloud deployments, HP has helped clients get the best of a hybrid delivery approach without the complexity. By incorporating both in-house and externally sourced IT services, clients can pick the right method of delivery to effectively meet time-to-market, availability and cost requirements. Yet, security concerns and a lack of internal skills continue to challenge organizations' evolution to the cloud.

Service providers also recognize that a hybrid delivery approach requires new cloud business models that provide consumption and brokerage of technology for their customers in multiple ways. As a result, they need a technology partner that can help them capture this market opportunity.

HP Cloud Solutions, based on HP Converged Infrastructure, provide the hardware, software, services and programs that enable service providers, enterprises and governments to rapidly and securely deliver IT as a service.

"Clients want to understand, plan, build and source for cloud computing in a way that allows them to gain agility, reduce risk, maintain control and ensure security," said Steve Dietch, vice president, Marketing, Cloud Solutions and Infrastructure, HP. "The new offerings are the culmination of HP's experience in delivering innovative technology solutions, as well as providing the services and skills needed to drive this evolution."

HP's new offerings address the key areas of client needs - building differentiated cloud offerings, consuming cloud services from the public domain, and managing, governing and securing the entire environment.

Building a hybrid environment

As organizations work to achieve an agile service-delivery approach, they must develop, deploy, manage and secure IT services across public and private clouds as well as traditional IT delivery models.

HP continues to expand its cloud ecosystem with new partners, offerings and programs:

- New HP CloudSystem integrations with Alcatel-Lucent enable communications 
  services providers to deliver high-value cloud services using carrier-    
  class network and IT. The combination of IT infrastructure, software and  
  telecommunications-grade network lets communications services providers   
  automate the provisioning and management of cloud resources through a     
  highly reliable network.                                                  
- HP CloudAgile Service Provider Program offers service providers expanded  
  sales reach, an enhanced services portfolio and an accelerated sales cycle
  through direct access to HP's global sales force. HP has expanded the     
  program with its first European partners and with new certified hosting   
  options that enable service providers to deliver reliable, secure private 
  hosted clouds based on HP CloudSystem.                                    
- HP CloudSystem Matrix 7.0, the core operating environment that powers HP  
  CloudSystem, enables clients to build hybrid clouds with push-button      
  access to externally sourced cloud-based IT resources with the industry's 
  first out-of-the-box "bursting capability." This solution also includes   
  automatic, on-demand provisioning of HP 3PAR storage to reduce errors and 
  speed deployment of new services to just minutes.                         
- The comprehensive HP Cloud Protection Program spans people, process,      
  policies and technologies to deliver a comparable level of security for a 
  hybrid cloud as a private internet-enabled IT environment would receive.  
  Addressing one of the biggest hindrances to organizations moving to a     
  cloud environment, the new program includes comprehensive strategy,       
  roadmap, design and implementation services built on a common reference   
  architecture. The program is supported by a Cloud Protection Center of    
  Excellence that enables clients to test HP solutions as well as partner   
  and third-party products that support cloud and virtualization protection.

Consuming enterprise-class cloud services

Organizations need rapid and secure sourcing of compute services that quickly flex to peak demands without excess capital expenditures. New and enhanced HP services that provide a cloud infrastructure as a service to address this need include:

- HP Enterprise Cloud Services - Compute now automates distribution of      
  application workloads across multiple servers to improve application      
  performance. Clients also can improve data protection through new backup  
  and restore options while also provisioning and managing additional       
  virtual local area networks within their cloud environment. A new HP      
  proof-of-concept program allows clients to evaluate the service for       
  existing workloads prior to purchase.                                     
- HP Enterprise Cloud Services for SAP Development and Sandbox Solution     
  enable clients to evaluate and prototype functionality of SAP Enterprise  
  Resource Planning software via a virtual private cloud, using a flexible, 
  consumption-based model.                                                  

Transforming for the cloud era - closing the cloud skills gap

Clients can use HP guidance and training to transform legacy data centers for cloud computing by improving the skills in their organizations. New HP services that address this need include:

- Three HP ExpertONE certifications - HP ASE Cloud Architect, HP ASE Cloud  
  Integrator and HP ASE Master Cloud Integrator - which are the first cloud 
  certifications that encompass business and technical content.             
-  Expanded  HP  ExpertONE  program  includes  five  of  the  industry's  largest          
    independent  commercial  training  organizations  that  deliver  HP  learning        
    solutions  anywhere  in  the  world.  The  HP  Institute  delivers  an  academic        
    program  for  developing  HP  certified  experts  through  traditional  two-  and    
    four-year  institutions,  while  HP  Press  has  expanded  self-directed  learning
    options  for  clients.                                                                                                            
-  HP  Cloud  Curriculum  from  HP  Education  Services  offers  course  materials  in  
    multiple  languages  covering  cloud  strategies  that  have  successfully              
    increased  enterprise  agility  and  reduced  costs.  Learning  is  flexible,  with
    online  virtual  labs,  self  study,  classroom,  virtual  classroom  and  onsite    
    training  options  offered  through  more  than  90  HP  education  centers                
-  Driven  by  HP  Financial  Services,  HP  Chief  Financial  Officer  (CFO)  Cloud      
    Roundtables  help  CFOs  understand  the  benefits  and  risks  associated  with      
    the  cloud,  while  aligning  their  organizations'  technology  and  financial      
-  HP  Storage  Consulting  Services  for  Cloud,  encompassing  modernization  and    
    design,  enable  clients  to  understand  their  storage  requirements  for              
    private  cloud  computing  as  well  as  develop  an  architecture  that  meets          
    their  needs.                                                                                                                            
-  HP  Cloud  Applications  Services  for  Windows  Azure  accelerate  the                      
    development  or  migration  of  applications  to  the  Microsoft  Windows®  Azure
    platform-as-a-service  offering.                                                                                      


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