HP has been working on cloudlike implementations with its customers since 2001. These implementations have typically included consulting and integration support and have leveraged HP’s extensive collection of technology management products.

Based on experiences in these customer engagements, HP has put a special emphasis on helping customers who want to create hybrid cloud environments. The company is leveraging its extensive services teams (including the EDS division) to help educate and lead their customers down an appropriate path to the cloud. EDS has significant experience with vertical marketmanaged services (hosted services specialized for different industries) and HP will leverage this knowledge and intellectual property (IP) in its evolving cloud strategy.

HP’s teams of business and IT consultants and engineers get involved with the design and implementation of many different types of cloud environments. For example, HP’s Infrastructure Design Service will help you design compute, storage, data center, and Infrastructure as a Service implementations. Other teams provide management consulting, business technology optimization, and testing services.

While companies can easily incorporate a CRM software as a service implementation into its IT environment, large-scale adoption of cloud computing requires IT to adopt a services focus; HP is designing some of its consulting services with this in mind. In addition, HP has expanded its cloud environment consulting teams to help companies focus in on the quality of service delivered across all business lines.

HP is packaging its hardware for private cloud implementations. Two key examples:

✓ Proliant SL, a scale-out server environment based on commodity servers

✓ Blade Matrix, a cloud in a box that includes the preintegration of networks, servers, storage, and automation capabilities

Source of Information : cloud computing for dummies 2010 retail ebook distribution


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