Hewlett-Packard will offer what it calls a cloud computing boot camp for customers at VMworld and will have a team of advisers on hand to talk to businesses about making the move to the cloud.
Hewlett-Packard is looking to make it easier for businesses to deploy
private cloud computing environments.
HP officials on Aug. 25 announced the creation of an assessment
program designed to help enterprises determine how prepared they are to make
the jump to private clouds. The vendor is also pulling together a team of
in-house advisers who will work with customers on their deployments of cloud
These cloud advisers-including Nigel Cook, an HP technology
director and strategist, Jamie Erbes, CTO of
HP's Software and Solutions business, Archie Reed, who heads up the security
component of HP's cloud strategy, and Paul Perez, CTO
for the enterprise storage group-will be on hand at the VMworld show starting
Aug. 30 in San Francisco.
Also at the show, HP is hosting a Cloud Boot Camp Sept. 2,
where the company says customers will learn how they can transform their
infrastructure into a cloud computing environment.
HP's cloud readiness assessment program includes a five-question
seeking information such as, "What could service stage has
your department implemented?" and "Rate your department's cloud
security capabilities." The scorecard can be found on the HP Website.
Also on the HP cloud adviser board are Lee Kedrie, chief brand
office and evangelist for technology consulting at HP, and Mark Shoemaker,
another evangelist for business technology optimization software at HP.
Like other IT vendors, HP has aggressively been rolling out
cloud computing services, software and hardware. For example, in February, HP
unveiled its Cloud Design Service,
which company officials said will help
enterprises more quickly design and deploy an IT infrastructure that can
support both public and private clouds.
HP and its competitors see a huge market opportunity in cloud
computing. In June, Gartner predicted that worldwide revenue from cloud services
will hit $68.3 billion in 2010-up from $58.6 billion in 2009-and grow to $148.8
billion by 2014.
Businesses will invest
first in private cloud environments,
Gartner analysts said in December
2009. As public cloud offerings from the likes of Google and Amazon.com mature
over the next couple of years, enterprises will begin turning their attention
to that space, according to Gartner.