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HP Helion Network 101: What it is and Why it Matters in the New Style of IT?

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Guest Post: Steven Dietch, VP, Go-To-Market, HP Helion

 

When I talk to enterprise CIOs and IT managers about their cloud journey, the imperative is almost always about their applications and workloads.

 

Every established enterprise faces the monumental challenge of inventorying hundreds or even thousands of applications – each with its own requirements. One key element of this is to ensure that enterprise applications are deployed to the right platform or destination – and that service level requirements like performance, latency, cost, compliance, and privacy for each application are addressed in the most effective and efficient manner. This is where the value of hybrid IT comes – where applications are deployed in a private, managed or public cloud environment depending on the specific needs of that particular application.

 

This task is critical because those apps and workflows – properly placed – are the very core of enabling an enterprise to drive revenue growth, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies.

 

While they are assessing their data centers, enterprise IT managers are looking ahead for an open and agile way to build a hybrid cloud environment, one that avoids vendor lock-in and enables workload portability between on-premise and off-premise environments. The overall focus shifts to becoming an internal service provider, where the IT organization is tasked with not only building but also brokering external services.

 

And that is what the HP Helion Network will enable.

 

Global and open The HP Helion Network is expected to be a global network of service providers and technology partners that will provide enterprise customers with a broad portfolio of open standards-based cloud services, geographic reach, and the means to meet in-country and cross-border requirements.

 

The HP Helion Network will leverage enterprise-grade HP Helion OpenStack® as the common architectural foundation across the network, and build on the strength of HP’s CloudAgile Service Provider program with more than 175 service providers worldwide and almost 2,000 private cloud deployments from HP and our partners.

 

The HP Helion Network will be a foundational element of HP’s cloud strategy, and is expected to attract an end-to-end ecosystem of partners – Independent Software Vendors/Developers, System Integrators, Distributors, Value Added Resellers - to accelerate innovation, enable workload portability, and provide customers with the ability to create an optimal hybrid IT environment consisting of on and -off premise cloud services.

 

Member-inclusive Ecosystem The HP Helion Network will differ from other industry initiatives. It will have a member-driven governance structure with unique commercial and operating models. It will create a global federation of open standards-based cloud platforms. It will offer vendor hardware independence and collaborative go-to-market opportunities. HP will inject OpenStack-based technology and operational leadership. 

 

All these differentiators are focused on leveraging the strengths of network members and creating a “movement” that will accelerate technical and commercial model innovation. The HP Helion Network is not a typical partner program but an intimate collaboration between members that will share a common focus on increasing enterprise hybrid cloud adoption.

 

Planned Approach

The HP Helion Network will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase, slated to begin mid-2015, is focused on service providers standardizing on HP Helion OpenStack and enterprise customers procuring cloud services directly from HP Helion Network service provider members and/or via HP channel partners.

 

The second phase, slated to begin in 2016, is intended to build on Phase 1 and create a federated ecosystem of open standards-based cloud platforms that enables service providers to seamlessly resell each other’s services. Members will be able to enhance their own portfolio, geographic reach, and revenue generating opportunities. The second phase will allow enterprise customers to discover, provision, and manage a global cloud services portfolio via a single Helion Network service provider member and/or channel partner, providing customers with an expanded portfolio of cloud services to meet both local and global needs (e.g., privacy and data sovereignty).

 

Summary: Top 5 Attributes of the HP Helion Network – It Matters!

  1. An open network that will be hardware vendor agnostic and will leverage HP’s deep expertise in OpenStack computing and operating clouds at scale
  2. A customer-focused ecosystem of service providers, ISVs/developers, system integrators, and channel partners that will aim at delivering hybrid cloud services to meet the full range of enterprises’ requirements
  3. A Member-inclusive governance structure giving service provider partners the unique opportunity to jointly define and manage the HP Helion Network
  4. Joint go-to-market collaboration backed by HP to help HP Helion Network members build, deliver, and operate enterprise-class cloud services
  5. End-state cloud service broker technology that will enable true interoperability, application portability, enhanced geographic reach, and fully automated and managed demand brokering

In my next blog, I will share deeper insights into how membership in the HP Helion Network would benefit each type of target audience, including enterprise customers, service providers, ISVs, technology partners and value added resellers. For more information about the HP Helion Network, visit our website.

 

Disclaimer: The Helion Network will be launched in phases, and not all phases are available at this time.  Details and features of the HP Helion Network program are subject to change from time to time.

 

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Stephen_Spector

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 Xen.org 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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