The Significance of HP Cloud Compute GA

The Significance of HP Cloud Compute GA
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The Significance of HP Cloud Compute GA

In case you missed it in the flurry of announcements from HP earlier this week we moved our HP Cloud Compute service from Public Beta to General Availability (GA). This is a major milestone for any cloud provider and I am even more impressed that we were able to accomplish this in such a short amount of time. I have to give the credit to the entire HP Cloud Services team whose hard work enabled us to achieve this awesome milestone a mere seven months after launching into Public Beta.  HP as a company certainly had extensive experience in cloud systems and private enterprise clouds.  However, back in May when HP Cloud Services launched our Public Beta we were still a newcomer to the public cloud. We announced that we were building our cloud using OpenStack® technology and that we intended to provide an enterprise grade public cloud. There was understandably a lot of skepticism about our ability to pull something like this off, but seven months later I am pleased to say that we have proven our ability to deliver.

Climbing the Mountain

So what did we have to do over the last half a year to make Compute GA even possible? First we had to assemble a world class development team that would build our services and fill in the missing pieces required to deliver business grade scale and reliability.  We of course contributed much of that code back to the OpenStack community and continue to do so today. We also had to provide our customers a set of development tools that would attract them to our cloud. Developers prefer to use their favorite environments and languages – anything that accelerates coding and system administration. We knew we had to provide a user friendly GUI management console, Windows and Unix CLIs, a set of APIs based on OpenStack standards and popular language bindings. We also had to provide a variety of Linux and Windows Server images since every application has different needs.  Let me assure you that it required a lot of integration and testing.  It also required the support of numerous customers and partners who leveraged our services during Public Beta providing valuable feedback and ensuring that our services were up to real world workloads.

Finally, HP Cloud Services is designed to be able to satisfy business of all sizes from small development shops up to global enterprises so we knew we had to play well with private clouds and partner solutions.  That meant coordinating with teams across HP and communicating with over 100 partners to make sure that their solutions worked with HP Cloud Services.

The Road Ahead

I’m sure there will continue to be no shortage of predictions and opinions about where cloud computing and HP Cloud Services are headed, but for now I am personally going to enjoy the events of this week… at least until Monday.

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