Hewlett-Packard Wednesday launched an operating system (OS) designed
specifically for cloud computing, called the HP Cloud OS. Initially,
however, the software can only be obtained by purchasing HP systems. The
announcement came on the second day of the annual HP Discover user conference
in Las Vegas,
HP Cloud OS “will provide the foundation for our common architecture
for the HP converged cloud,” said Saar Gillai, HP senior vice president
and general manager of the converged cloud, referring to the company’s
strategy of unifying its on-premises cloud software and cloud services
under the same architecture so customers will have little difficulty
moving their workloads between the two. “We’re bridging between private
cloud and public cloud,” he said.
Research commissioned by HP estimates that 75 percent of enterprise
workloads will run across hybrid cloud, or a combination of on-premises
cloud systems and public hosted services.
OpenStack part of the solution
The HP Cloud OS will be based on a stock version of the OpenStack
open-source suite of infrastructure hosting software. But it will also
come with a number of features not found, or not well-supported yet, by
The HP Cloud OS streamlines the installation process, for instance,
vastly reducing the number of different packages that would otherwise
have to be installed piecemeal. The software can upgrade itself
automatically, and it has tools for provisioning a setup directly from a
system model. It also includes the ability to swap workloads between an
HP cloud service and an on-premises cloud.
”The way we are doing this is by providing plug-ins both on top of
OpenStack and on the bottom of OpenStack. We’re not modifying
OpenStack,” Gillai said.
Those eager to try the HP Cloud OS on their own systems may have to
wait. The company is providing the stack only as part of some of its own
packaged systems, though it does offer a “sandbox” version, Gillai
said, that users can download and try for evaluation purposes.
he HP Cloud OS is available on HP CloudSystem
a set of HP systems configured for offering in-house infrastructure
services tuned for specific workloads. Later this year, the Cloud OS
will come installed on HP’s newly released Moonshot
servers, where the combination would be suitable for hosting large-scale websites and similar duties.
”With Moonshot, we’re running the Cloud OS and OpenStack on bare
metal,” Gillai said, referring to the fact that Moonshoot servers won’t
need an underlying OS. “This is pretty revolutionary. I don’t think
there is any other commercial availability of something like this.”
Other HP announcements
HP announced a number of updates for its HP Cloud IaaS
(infrastructure as a service). It now offers the ability for enterprises
to set up VPNs (virtual private networks) to connect on-premises clouds
and their resources on the HP Cloud, using HP’s work in
software-defined networking (SDN).
The service offers a new way to upload lots of data to the HP Cloud.
Users can now send their hard drives to HP, which will upload the data
itself to the HP Cloud Block Storage and HP Cloud Object Storage
services. HP Cloud now also offers larger instance types—up to 120GB of
memory and 16 processor cores per instance—that would make the service
more suitable for big data analysis and high-performance computing
The company’s Autonomy business unit also introduced some new software at the conference as well.
Autonomy has customized its line of content management software to
offer, as a cloud service, a suite of hosted services to help
organizations with marketing campaigns and their associated metrics.
The Autonomy Marketing Performance Suite provides Web content
management, online market testing and analysis, management of multimedia
content, and augmented reality services for mobile devices. Customers
can use one or more of these services separately or together.
Autonomy has also updated its TeamSite content management software,
upgrading the user interface to accommodate specific user roles—such as
site manager, editor and creative publisher—and making it easier for
Apple iPad users to manage the entire approval process of posting a new
Autonomy TeamSite 7.4 also has new connectors for CRM (customer
relationship management) and social media applications, a reference
architecture for setting up an e-commerce platform, and can now support
rich media management and email marketing.
TeamSite is also now available as a hosted service, said Gabriele
DiPiazza, vice president of marketing optimization at HP Autonomy.
On the services front, HP launched a new set of cloud consulting
services, which aim to help organizations with networking, security and
controls, and with using the HP Cloud.
During the keynote at the conference, CEO Meg Whitman assured
HP enterprise customers that the company has moved past its management difficulties
of the past few years.