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Announcing New Releases of HP Helion Solutions


Guest Post: Bill Hilf, SVP, HP Helion Product Management


Today is an exciting day for HP Helion and our customers. I am very pleased to announce the general availability of the latest release from HP Helion, including HP Helion OpenStack 1.1 and HP Helion Development Platform 1.1, as well as the availability of HP Helion Eucalyptus 4.1. This is an important milestone for HP Helion and for our customers.


Our mission with HP Helion is to be the worldwide leader in hybrid, open clouds. HP Helion’s mission maps directly to the requirements and goals we hear from our enterprise customers. The benefits cloud can provide of increased speed to market, greater developer productivity, more efficient and lower cost IT operations, are all critical to compete in today’s business environment. At the same time, customers recognize and understand that they are not doing “greenfield” cloud deployments. Effectively all enterprises require cloud solutions that connect and integrate with their existing infrastructure, people and processes. HP Helion’s approach and focus on open, hybrid cloud solutions enables customers to gain the benefits and agility of the cloud, while also meeting their requirements to integrate that solution within their existing business and IT systems.


Deutsche Bank’s recent selection of HP in a multibillion dollar agreement to modernize its IT environment offers a compelling case in point. In announcing the deal, Deutsche Bank pointed to their needs to lower costs of IT in the face rising regulatory initiatives, while at the same time gaining a more agile technology platform, in order to compete effectively as banking shifts increasingly to digital channels. Having a partner that can deliver these benefits at global scale, in a highly regulated industry and within the context of leveraging and evolving their existing IT environment is where HP and HP Helion stand out. In choosing HP, Deutsche Bank gains a fully integrated offering that provides them the infrastructure, software, and services to drive this vital transformation. HP Helion will be the software technology platform at the center of this change.


Customers have shown enormous interest in open source based cloud technologies, such as the OpenStack® and Cloud Foundry projects. In addition, they have expressed interest in exploring moving workloads from Amazon Web Services back into their own private cloud environments. With our announcement today of HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, HP Helion Development Platform 1.1, and HP Helion Eucalyptus 4.1, we are continuing to improve our offerings against the requirements enterprise customers have and expect.


Production Readiness

Improved Security. Security with cloud infrastructure is a vital concern for customers. With HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, we are implementing security enhancements to further prtoect the hypervisor. These enhanceents help prevent a bad actor from bypassing the hypervisor and accessing other tenants on the cloud. In addition, customers can now integrate HP Helion OpenStack with their existing ArcSight centralized logging to provide real-time security and continuous monitoring.


In this release wave, HP Helion OpenStack encrypts data in transit within the OpenStack cloud. HP has also implemented transport layer security (TLS) for services within HP Helion Development Platform 1.1, which underscores the customer benefits of having solid and consistent integration between our Development Platform and our OpenStack distributions. This leads to a more holistic security benefit for customers seeking to deploy and build cloud native applications.


High availability. An important requirement any customer has in deploying OpenStack into production is high availability. With HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, we are implementing active-active HA in major control plane components. This is essential for customers seeking to deploy production workloads on OpenStack. 


Upgrade capabilities. Every early adopter of OpenStack code has struggled to upgrade their OpenStack from one version to the next. As the OpenStack project is moving very quickly, customers need a smooth and easy path for upgrading their OpenStack cloud over time. With HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, we are establishing the baseline of a technology path that will enable customers to upgrade to future versions of HP Helion OpenStack without incurring downtime to the apps running on the HP Helion OpenStack cloud.


Support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012. HP Helion OpenStack 1.1 is now a validated and supported virtual environment for Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, and 2008. This means Microsoft will provide technical support to customers running Windows Server as a guest operating system on HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, supported and validated through the Microsoft SVVP program.


Reduced control plane footprint to streamline pilots and evaluations. Customers tend to start small when building their cloud, with a lab or proof-of-concept environment, before going to large scale. In Helion OpenStack 1.1 we are introducing the Flexible Control Plane to make it easier for customers to create their initial pilot or testing environments with just a very small deployment.  This helps customers get started with just a few servers, knowing that this same architecture will grow with them as they expand their cloud into production.


Managing Cloud Application Development

Simplifying IT administration of cloud development.  As cloud infrastructure rolls out in an environment, the IT management challenges increase sharply.  IT staff needs the ability to quickly and easily track quota usage, allocation caps, and assess overall cluster characteristics.  In addition, they need access and tools to be able to apply patches and upgrades not only to OpenStack code and components, but also to different application technologies developers are using.  HP Helion Development Platform adds numerous user, application, and system logging and management capabilities to solve this challenge for IT Professionals.


Improved Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Improved hybrid cloud capabilities with Amazon Web Services and HP Helion Eucalyptus.  Customers often ask about the options for moving their workloads from AWS’s public cloud to their own private cloud – or building applications for a private cloud with the ability to use AWS in the future for certain scale requirements. With HP Helion Eucalyptus 4.1, we are making those options easier for customers. 


Easier administration across cloud deployments.  HP Helion Eucalyptus 4.1 includes an AWS CloudFormation compatible service that lets users move their orchestration templates, an essential tool to running a cloud application, from AWS to HP Helion private clouds without having to rewrite the application or adjust the deployment architecture.



With HP Helion, we are focused on offering customers best-in-class open and hybrid cloud platforms and solutions. Our HP Helion release announcements are important, customer-focused updates. We invite you to learn more about the HP Helion portfolio and feel free to download our community editions anytime. We also invite you to subscribe to this blog, check out our HP Helion technical docs, and stay tuned to our continuing work and future announcements. Thanks!


Senior Manager, Cloud Online Marketing
About the Author


I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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