HP is offering new consulting services designed to help enterprises develop and implement a cloud computing strategy. The services complement cloud computing offerings that Hewlett-Packard already had in place. The goal is to help businesses take advantage of the cost savings promised by cloud computing. Other technology vendors such as IBM and Sun Microsystems are rolling out services designed to make it easier for businesses to develop the incremental steps necessary for adopting cloud computing.
is rolling out several new consulting services focusing on
The services unveiled June 23 are part of a larger package of enterprise
consulting services HP already has in place, including services designed to
help businesses move into the cloud computing arena.
HP also announced an online workshop starting in July to educate businesses
about the benefits and challenges of cloud computing, and another service that
will follow up on the workshop.
The consulting services aim to help CIOs figure out what to invest in and
how to develop cloud strategies, according to Anand Eswaran, vice president of
software and solutions professional services at HP.
"Despite the promise of cloud computing, organizations still need help
in understanding how to leverage and enable the cloud as part of a service
delivery strategy," Eswaran said in a statement.
Like other technology and services vendors, HP is looking to profit from
helping businesses take advantage of this growing trend. Sun Microsystems,
which also is developing a public cloud environment, June 1 rolled
out a cloud services portfolio
that also attempts to guide businesses in
their migration to cloud computing.
Other tech companies, from IBM to BMC
Software, are looking to offer ways for enterprises to jump on board what
analysts say will be a key technology driver. Analysts at IDC
said in March that they expect spending on cloud services to triple, to $42
billion, by 2012. That spending will be fueled by the promise of the computing
model driving down capital and operating expenses at a time when IT budgets are
The HP Cloud Discovery Workshop, which will be available in July, will aim
to help businesses learn about the various service delivery strategies, outline
benefits and risks, and give recommendations regarding processes and
technologies needed to get started in cloud computing.
The HP Cloud Roadmap Service will offer more recommendations about how cloud
computing can fit in with overall service delivery models and the right
strategy and program model, and set up a road map for adopting cloud computing,
including what businesses can expect to achieve and what steps they should
That includes both using the public clouds that are available from such
vendors as Amazon.com and Google, and developing their own internal private
cloud environments, Jamie Erbes, vice president and CTO
for HP's Software and Solutions Group, said during a Webcast discussing the
The workshop and road map services join other offerings from HP based around
cloud computing, such as HP Cloud Assure, which is a bundle of software and
services delivered through a SAAS (software as a service) solution.
There also are a host of other services that HP offers that can be applied
to cloud computing as well as other computing environments.