Hewlett-Packard's three new software offerings are designed to make it easier for businesses to realize the benefits of cloud computing while reducing the risks and costs involved. HP says its software allows for greater automation of services provisioning and a bridge between internal and public clouds, while also enabling businesses to right-size their cloud environments for their budgets. Telecom service providers also can offer outsourced communications services for SMBs.
Hewlett-Packard wants to make it easier for business telecommunications
service providers to realize the benefits of cloud computing.
HP on Dec. 16 announced three new software offerings that officials say also
will help reduce the challenge of keeping costs in line and decrease risks,
such as noncompliance and human errors.
Cloud computing offers the promise of greater flexibility and scalability in
a less expensive IT environment, according to Thomas Hogan, executive vice
president of HP's Software and Solutions unit. But there are hurdles that need
to be cleared.
"CIOs understand the potential business benefits of cloud computing,
but are challenged with how best to manage the risks associated with
adoption," Hogan said in a statement Dec. 16.
According to research conducted for HP, 90 percent of corporate executives
surveyed agreed that business cycles will continue to be unpredictable, and 75
percent said that would mean more demand for flexible and scalable technology,
all of which plays to the strengths of cloud computing, according to HP.
The new HP offerings are designed to mitigate risk while ramping up flexibility
and cost controls.
HP Operations Orchestration brings automated provisioning to services within
a business' existing IT physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. In addition,
the software enables businesses in need of greater capacity to expand their
internal environments to public clouds, such as Amazon.com's Amazon EC2
(Elastic Compute Cloud).
internal and public clouds
will be important as more businesses adopt cloud
computing, according to analysts and vendors.
HP's Cloud Assure for cost control promises businesses the ability to ensure
that their cloud environments meet their service-level needs while staying
within their budgets.
The CAAS (Communications as a Service) software will enable
telecommunications providers to offer high levels of service to small and midsize
businesses on a utility model, in which the SMB pays only for what it uses.
HP's CAAS offering includes an aggregation platform, four integrated
communications services from HP and other parties, and the ability to add other