HP Unveils New Cloudline Severs for Service Providers

Hewlett-Packard has just unveiled new, low-cost servers -- the Cloudline family of servers -- to meet the needs of service providers that want to differentiate themselves in the market. HP said its new open standards-based solutions, partnerships and flexible business models will help service providers drive growth, accelerate service delivery and reduce costs.

HP may be right on time with its solutions, given IDC research that shows most organizations will stop managing their own infrastructures over the next five years. The IDC data suggests enterprises will more often turn to dedicated and shared cloud offerings in service provider data centers in the years ahead.

If IDCEUs research pans out, service providers -- including software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, managed hosters, consumer service providers, telco/communication service providers -- will need highly scalable infrastructures that support business growth and flexible business models that match costs to revenue so they can meet customer expectations.

Cloudline Servers Debut

EUService providers must adjust to meet ever-increasing customer demands for simplicity, security and availability -- they can no longer compete on cost alone,EU said Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President and General Manager at HPEUs Enterprise Group. EUHP is delivering systems, built on open-design principles, combined with services and solutions that allow service providers to move fast, launch new services and grow their business in a sustainable way.EU

The HP Cloudline server family, birthed from the HP-Foxconn joint venture and built on open-design principles, offers cost-focused and customizable compute platforms that HP said provides capacity on demand, flexible operations and low costs.

Cloudline servers support open management tools and tap into common industry hardware and firmware interfaces, according to HP. The servers are also optimized for HP Helion OpenStack, which offers an open, extensible enterprise-grade cloud platform based on OpenStack technology.

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