HP Launches Helion Cloud Platform for Government
The solution builds off HP's larger efforts in the cloud, including the $1 billion being invested in R&D.Hewlett-Packard is rolling out a private cloud offering for government agencies that is based on the Helion cloud platform the tech vendor announced three weeks ago. HP's Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector is designed to give governments on all levels—federal, state and local—a managed and dedicated private cloud solution that enables them to create a shared service model across multiple departments, with the agencies essentially playing the role of IT brokers. The agencies can manage and monitor the use of resources via a Web-based portal. The technology enables the cloud platform to rapidly scale, direct services to their users and effectively control costs by letting agencies pay only for what they use. The Helion solution—a highly automated private cloud offering that comes pre-engineered and pre-tested—also will improve the overall security for the agencies and will manage the various certification and regulatory requirements that are placed on them, according to HP officials. The offering, announced May 27, is available immediately.
HP, which has struggled with the downturn in the global PC market over the last couple of years, is in the middle of a multi-year turnaround effort to bring the company back into stable profitability. Executives on May 22 reported that sales and income during the first three months of the year were flat, and announced that the company will cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs this year, bringing the total layoffs at the company since 2012 to as many as 50,000.