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HP and Intel Expand Collaboration to Bring OpenStack to the Enterprise


Guest Post: Stephane Bureau, EMEA Channel Marketing


HP and Intel to deliver a massively scalable cloud object storage system so called HP Helion Content Depot at the European HP Intel Solutions Center, Grenoble France _ Oct 27, 2015


  • Builds on decades long collaboration between tech leaders and extends the company’s existing collaboration as part of Intel’s Cloud for All Initiative
  • Recognizes growing maturity of the OpenStack platform and the unique opportunity to drive Helion solutions to customers for increased agility.
  • HP and Intel will add customer POC and trial opportunities as the market shifts to broad deployments of Cloud storage solutions in the marketplace.  Specific integration of POC testing across multiple use cases including Ceph and Swift based SDS solutions hosted in the joint HP Intel Solutions Center in Grenoble France.

As a part of the Intel Cloud for All initiative, HP and Intel are announcing a new collaboration dedicated to OpenStack cloud storage solutions. HP and Intel are delivering a massively scalable cloud object storage system so called HP Helion Content Depot at the European HP Intel Solutions Center to help customers, partners and ISVs to test and drive scaling optimizations to support exponential unstructured data growth needs. This new system will support functional demos, customers POC, ISVs solutions show cases and testing/tuning. According to industry research firm IDC, the object storage market will increase by 27 per cent (CAGR) over the next four years between 2014 – 2018 and is forecast to reach $28.3 billion in 2018.


Powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors, in particular Xeon E5-2690v3 with 12 cores (30M Cache, 2.60 GHz) and supporting PetaBytes of storage, the HP Helion Content Depot is based on OpenStack® Swift. 100% open-source, Swift  is a widely-used and popular object storage system designed to store files, videos, analytics data, web content, backups, images, virtual machine snapshots and other unstructured data at large scale with high availability. Swift can scale to thousands of machines providing hundreds of Petabytes of storage distributed in geographically distant regions. Swift is designed from the ground up to scale horizontally without any single point of failure. As an open cloud solution built on industry standards, HP Helion Content Depot can deliver lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and higher return on investment (ROI) with reduced licensing costs and without vendor lock-in risks, when compared to a traditional proprietary storage solutions.


Traditional file and block storage solutions become complex, difficult and expensive to manage at scale. The HP Helion Content Depot scale-out architecture allows to grow quickly and simply by just adding new industry standard scale-out storage servers powered by Intel Xeon processors.


This new HP Intel collaboration on object storage solutions will focus on three primary areas to accelerate new cloud storage deployments and help businesses get the most from their cloud infrastructure:

  • Optimizing cloud storage solutions to deliver highly efficient clouds across a range of workloads by taking full advantage of Intel platform capabilities;
  • Investing in the ISV and solution provider eco-system to accelerate enterprise-ready cloud storage software solutions by leveraging industry standard scale-out storage servers powered by Intel Xeon processors
  • Aligning with the industry and engaging the community through open industry standards, OpenStack OpenSource solutions and routes to market to accelerate cloud storage deployments.

Through extensive partnership development with ISVs from the HP Helion Ready Program, the European HP Intel Solutions Center will propose a set of dedicated “Storage as a Service” solutions that will address a variety of use cases. The following Software Defined Storage offerings are ready to go: Private Enterprise File services and more with CTERA, On-premise File Sync and Share solution with Gladinet, Compliant Archiving with Iternity, Backup as a Service with Veeam, Enterprise File Share and Sync solution with StorageMadeEasy .

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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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