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Growing into an HP CloudSystem solution


From HP CloudSystem Matrix Software to a full-blown Anything-as-a-Service offering, HP CloudSystem delivers what enterprises need to complete their journey to the New Style of IT. But with a completely customizable solution, how do you know what’s the best way to meet your needs?


We asked Brad Kirby, an HP CloudSystem expert to give us his views on how to start small and grow tall with an HP CloudSystem solution.


What are the varous packages HP offers to help customers get started with HP CloudSystem?

Schneider: With HP Converged Systems — and HP CloudSystem in particular — we have to be careful how we interpret this idea of “turn-key” solutions. Because we really have to look at HP CloudSystem as an evolution of capabilities. And there’s three distinct steps along the journey to a complete Anything-as-a-Service HP CloudSystem solution.


Cloud_marquee.jpgFirst, we have HP CloudSystem Matrix software. This is designed to help our customers get started with the Cloud. We consider it an the easy on-ramp. This is also what’s at the core of any HP CloudSystem solution. This software is what you use to design a service, create the service, have a user request the service,  and then going ahead and start designing and managing the resource pool. It really starts there.


HP Matrix Operating Environment software is focussed on a virtual platform. So you can buy HP Matrix software today and run it on a hypervisor that exists, or a hypervisor you set up. The idea is around virtual service provisioning. It has a self-service portal to IT requests. It has automation and orchestration to really hit any virutalized x86 environment. Today, we’re focussed on major hypervisor providers, such as VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Red Hat KVM.


Inherent to the Matrix software is the ability for hybrid delivery. It delivers on the concept of designing a service that may initiate in a private cloud, but has the ability to burst into a public cloud as needed. Also included is capacity planning, analytics and chargeback.


Then, if you want to take your cloud solution to the next level, that’s where HP offers HP CloudSystem Matix. This encompasses the addition of infrastructure hardware to the Matrix OE  software. This is a typical use case for the physical plus virtual environments, or what we call in converged cloud a “Build Model.” This solution is built on HP BladeSystems plus Virtual Connect with HP enclosures. It works on multiple hypervisor platforms, including those mentioned before plus HP Integrity Virtual Machines. One thing that HP is dedicated to is open environments, so this level of solution works with multiple operating systems, including Microsoft, Red Hat to SUSE Linux, and HP-UX. The solution also has recovery management. When you get into more of a HP CloudSystem Matrix, you want to be able to deal with planned and unplanned outages, and recovery management takes care of that.


HP CloudSystem Matrix is fully tested and installed by experts. This is one of the aspects of HP Converged Systems that our integration masters are involved with. These experts ensure you have the infrastructure set up to deliver the true benefits of the solution, and to be able to provision services in the most effective manner.


This level of solution delivers HP Cloud Maps. Think of Cloud Maps as best-practice use cases you can use for the delivery of various services — including process automation. These maps can help you provision services all the way up to the applications level.


If you really want to continue to reap the benefits of HP CloudSystem, we offer HP CloudSystem Enterprise. This solution builds on the prior two solutions I mentioned and adds in HP software-driven solutions for a completely cloud-enabled data center. You can get a line-of-business self-service portal to really capitalize on that marketplace feel. This top-level solution features even more advanced automation and data center orchestration capabilities. It fully supports multiple hardware and software vendors. Plus you get complete lifecycle management with automated provisioning, patching, configuration and compliance management.


So HP CloudSystem builds all the way from that virtual machine software to a completely customized, cloud-enabled data center. All of these solutions sit within the HP CloudSystem umbrella.


To learn more about how HP CloudSystem supports all cloud service and deployment models, or to find out how to schedule an HP Converged Cloud Workshop, check out this business white paper on how to Start Small and Grow Tall in the Cloud.   


About the contributors

Brad Kirby has worked at HP for fifteen years with a focus on systems management and partner relationship management. Early in his career, he served as product manager for HP Systems Insight Manager and has managed lead product management efforts for many of HP’s systems management offerings such as HP Integrated Lights-out and HP Insight Control. Recently, Brad has been responsible for managing the OEM and systems management integration efforts with Microsoft and is currently responsible for product management across cloud, converged systems and converged infrastructure management within the newly formed Converged Systems organization.  Brad received his undergraduate degree from Duke university and MBA from Columbia University. 

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