HP Debuts Helion, Invests $1B in Open-Source Cloud Tech

HP is betting over $1 billion on a portfolio of open-source cloud products and services that work to help enterprises build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments. ItEUs called Helion and it brings something old and something new to the CIOEUs tool chest.

Indeed, HPEUs Helion puts the companyEUs current cloud offerings in a bag with new OpenStack technology-based products, then peppers in professional and support services. Altogether, the technology giant hopes to fill the bill for IT departments with specific business requirements.

EUCustomer challenges today extend beyond cloud,EU said Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer at HP. EUThey include how to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid environment that spans multiple technology approaches.EU

Choosing the Best Deployment Model

HP is positioning Helion as a solution that helps enterprises choose the best deployment model for their needs -- and see the greatest return on their investments.

As part of the Helion rollout, HP is making a huge financial commitment to OpenStack, a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center. HP is a founding member of OpenStack and has run OpenStack cloud services at scale in enterprise environments for more than three years.

HP is also investing in hybrid IT delivery across traditional IT, public, private and managed clouds. Over the next two years alone, HP plans to invest more than $1 billion on cloud-related product and engineering initiatives, professional services and expanding HP HelionEUs global reach.

Important: Indemnification

We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take on the Helion cloud portfolio. He told us what turned his head most was the indemnification aspect of the announcement.

HPEUs OpenStack Technology Indemnification Program promises protection for EUqualified customersEU using HP Helion OpenStack code from third-party patent, copyright...

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