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Open vs. Proprietary Clouds


I blogged some time ago about HP's open and integrated cloud computing offering and strategy.  I am happy to say we have recently upped the cloud ante by unveiling our Converged Cloud Strategy.  Things were good before and now they are only better for our customers.


Now, when a customer comes to HP for a private cloud, a managed cloud, or a public cloud they benefit from each of these offerings being based on a single common architecture leveraging open standards.  Why is this important?  Well, interoperability and simplicity of management come to mind as two of the top benefits.  Imagine a day when an application can be developed independently from the deployment mechanism.  Having a single interface for provisioning, service management, and more will facilitate this. For instance, an application can be developed in the public cloud and then easily deployed inside the customers own data center on their private cloud.  Currently setting up infrastructure in a public cloud is done VERY differently than setting up infrastructure inside one’s own datacenter.  With HP’s Converged Cloud, all of this comes together. 


We are leveraging standards and Open Source  (e.g. OpenStack) to achieve architectural commonality.  We have a strong history of contributing to and leveraging standards and this is the case again for cloud.  We are a huge contributor to OpenStack which is also backed by some of the biggest companies in the world.  HP’s public cloud offering already leverages OpenStack and our flagship HP CloudSystem will soon have OpenStack embedded inside as well. Now you will get the high functionality and integration you have come to expect with HP CloudSystem combined with the open standards provided by Open Source and OpenStack.  


We have already shown off some of the benefits of HP Converged Cloud at HP Discover in Vienna. There we previewed how an HP CloudSystem can transparently acquire capacity from the HP Cloud Services public cloud offering with "bursting".    We do this by connecting the HP CloudSystem to HP Cloud Services via the OpenStack Open Source APIs.  And because these APIs are open and public, they will also allow us to connect our HP CloudSystem offering to other 3rd party private or public clouds as long as they have the OpenStack API.  But bursting integration is just the beginning.  We are driving the architectural commonality much deeper into our cloud offerings.  Further architectural commonality and the resulting benefits will be unveiled soon. Rest assured that investments in a cloud built by HP or run by HP will be leveraging open standards, combined with HP innovation making it the most robust offering in the industry.


What are your thoughts?  Should cloud computing be open or proprietary?




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Christoph Schmidt

I think a cloud offering, to be truly attractive to customers has to be open. It has to be based on open standards and then the implementations of different cloud vendors can add value to the story.


I always compare the evolution of cloud computing to the electrification of entire continents.

First, there were single cities with standalone generators and electrical wires linked directly to local factories or street lights - the Mainframe in the computing analogy.

Then there were national grids with different voltages and frequencies and different receptacles and plugs. (I still remember  that you couldn't use your electrical shaver when travelling to Italy, because there was DC, not AC being used sometimes) - The SNA, DECnet or WangNet implementations in the computing world.

Nowadays you have the same voltage and frequency wherever you go in Europe, only the receptacles are still different, but you can use adapters. In the US you have the same voltage and frequency, in Japan, too.And still, you can plug in whatever electrical appliance you have, provided the plug you have matches the receptacle in the wall.

In that respect cloud computing should be for applications what the internet is for devices, built on open, extensible standards. That way there will be widespread adoption and benefits to consumers either from companies or individuals.


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