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TMCNet:  HP Unveils Cloud Innovations to Help Customers Thrive in a Hybrid World; HP expands cloud leadership, hybrid delivery of OpenStack-based technology with next-generation HP CloudSystem

[December 11, 2013]

HP Unveils Cloud Innovations to Help Customers Thrive in a Hybrid World; HP expands cloud leadership, hybrid delivery of OpenStack-based technology with next-generation HP CloudSystem

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BARCELONA -- HP today expanded its cloud portfolio with new solutions and services that offer enterprises greater agility, simplified management and improved security for their hybrid environments.

As enterprises embrace new delivery models, one of the biggest decisions chief information officers (CIOs) need to make on their cloud journey is determining where applications or workloads should live--on traditional IT or in the cloud. Often, applications will continue to live across multiple environments, and hybrid delivery becomes an imperative. Research indicates that 40 percent of enterprises say they are currently in a hybrid environment (1) and 75 percent of IT executives plan to pursue a hybrid cloud delivery model by 2016. (2) HP is focused on delivering hybrid solutions that bridge traditional IT with private, public and managed clouds. New solutions announced this week build on this strategy, including the introduction of the next-generation HP CloudSystem, HP's flagship offering for building and managing private clouds.

HP was recently ranked as a leader in the Forrester Wave report for Private Cloud Solutions: "HP leads the pack. [It provides] a clean and navigable interface that wraps substantial depth and breadth of capabilities into the fewest number of interfaces," writes Lauren E. Nelson, analyst, in a recent Forrester report. "Unlike other vendors in this space, HP adds functionality into a single interface as a rule without making the overall experience less intuitive." (3) Enterprise-grade, open hybrid cloud solutions and services The next-generation HP CloudSystem includes a new consumer-inspired user interface, simplified management tools and an improved deployment process that enable customers to set up and deploy a complete private cloud environment in just hours, compared to weeks for other private cloud solutions. (4) As the foundation of a hybrid cloud solution, HP CloudSystem bursts to multiple public cloud platforms, including three new ones: Microsoft Windows Azure, and platforms from Arsys, a European-based cloud computing provider, and SFR, a French telecommunications company.

HP CloudSystem integrates OpenStack(TM)-based HP Cloud OS technology, the foundation for HP's hybrid cloud architecture, providing customers a hardened, tested OpenStack distribution that is easy to install and manage. The next-generation CloudSystem also incorporates the new HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform, a comprehensive management solution that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver secure cloud services across public or private clouds as well as traditional IT.

Also launching this week, the HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform integrates HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) version 4.0 and includes native support for both HP CloudOS with OpenStack and the open-source standard TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications), enabling easier application portability and management of hybrid and heterogeneous IT environments.

To help customers architect and implement a hybrid cloud strategy, HP is adding a new hybrid-design capability to its global professional services capabilities. HP Hybrid Cloud Design Professional Services offer a highly modular design approach to help organizations architect a cloud solution that aligns with their technical, organizational and business needs. The new consulting services help customers evolve their cloud strategy and vision into a solution based on delivering business outcomes and ready for implementation.

HP is expanding its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering, which is already helping hundreds of customers worldwide take advantage of the economics of a public cloud with the security and control of a private cloud solution. The new HP VPC Portfolio provides a range of VPC solutions, from standardized self service to a customized, fully managed service model. All HP VPC solutions deliver the security and control of a private cloud in a flexible, cost-effective, multitenant cloud environment. The latest version of HP Managed VPC now allows customers to choose among virtual or physical configurations, multiple tiers of storage, hypervisors and network connectivity types.

As part of its overall hybrid delivery, HP offers HP Flexible Capacity (FC) , an on-premises solution of enterprise-grade infrastructure with cloud economics, including pay-for-use and instant scalability of server, storage, networking and software capacity. Now HP FC supports existing customer third-party equipment for a true heterogeneous environment. HP CloudSystem also can burst to HP FC infrastructure for customers needing the on-demand capacity without the data ever leaving the premises.

"The reality today is that CIOs want and need the benefits of cloud computing, but they are dealing with the complexities of a hybrid IT environment," said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, HP Cloud. "HP Cloud solutions provide enterprises with a holistic and simplified approach for deploying, securing and managing workloads across hybrid delivery models, ensuring a successful cloud journey." Pricing and availability All of the HP Cloud solutions and services can be purchased from a single HP cloud sales team or account manager, making it easier for customers to plan and purchase from HP.

* The next-generation HP CloudSystem will be available worldwide in the first half of 2014.

* HP Hybrid Cloud Design Professional Services and HP FC are available worldwide with pricing based on geographic location and service customization.

* Availability of the HP VPC Portfolio varies: HP Public Cloud VPC is available in the United States. HP Managed Virtual Private Cloud is available worldwide and reseller services will be introduced in APJ in December and in other geographies based on market demand.

* HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform will be available worldwide in January 2014 starting at $19,600.

Additional information about the new cloud solutions is available at www.hp.com/cloud .

(1) HP cloud security research, October 2013.

(2) "HP Cloud and Information Optimization," Coleman Parkes Research, Ltd., October 2012.

(3) HP named "Leader" in Forrester Wave(TM): Private Cloud Solutions, November 2013.

(4) Based on HP internal testing, November 2013.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. The OpenStack Word Mark and OpenStack Logo are either registered trademarks/service marks or trademarks/service marks of OpenStack, LLC, in the United States and other countries and are used with OpenStack LLC's permission. We are not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by OpenStack LLC, the OpenStack Advisory Board, or the OpenStack community.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP's businesses; risks associated with executing HP's strategy; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third party suppliers and the distribution of HP's products and services effectively; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP's international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2013 and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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