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Cooking in the cloud made easy

‎04-13-2012 12:01 PM - edited ‎10-26-2015 09:48 PM

Okay maybe cooking is not the best analogy for cloud computing, but if you’ve already been designing or “cooking up” your own cloud services, whether for internal use or to provide services to others, you have probably run into difficulties—just like in the kitchen.  


I love to cook, but creating new dishes for dinner gatherings is sometimes way too risky. And frankly, I don’t always have the time to invest. I want great results with reduced risks. I just want to be able to serve up something wonderful and delicious for my friends, quickly and simply.


Saying “Betty Crocker to the rescue” might be an overstatement, but wouldn’t it be great if you could create a cloud service as easily as it is to bake a delicious cake with packaged ingredient? The prepackaged ingredients would come with simple instructions, all guaranteed for easy baking and tasty results.


But like cooking, without a tried and tested recipe, creating and deploying an application in the cloud requires time, trial and error, and a good measure of specialized know-how. All of which adds up to higher costs. You might lack the cloud-specific expertise necessary to successfully deploy an application. You may even struggle to ensure the cloud service meets the performance levels expected of your users. These obstacles could make it hard for you to deliver on the promise of cloud—creating IT services in hours and days. That time could start turning into weeks and month to get a service into the catalog, ready for use. Not quite what you were hoping for.


If this sounds like you, you might want to check out the new HP Cloud Maps templates that enable you to create and deploy new cloud services quickly. Cloud Maps are prepackaged, optimized and tested service designs for use with HP CloudSystem and related software. The typical Cloud Map condenses hundreds of hours of testing and development into a customizable design for both application and infrastructure deployment.


All the Cloud Maps are based on proven templates and best practices. You can create and deploy new cloud services—often in less than one hour. This significantly reduces the time and cost of development, as well as any development errors you may have made along the way. In short Cloud Maps enable consistent, turnkey delivery of cloud-based services for HP cloud software—just as Betty Crocker enables you to bake a fabulous cake.


HP Cloud Maps are part of the HP Converged Cloud solutions announced this week. Please visit the Converged Cloud announcement site for more information.


Bon apetit!




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