HP recently extended its Hybrid Delivery solutions portfolio so enterprises can improve their agility and quickly respond to changing customer and citizen needs. Hybrid delivery environments, which combine traditional IT infrastructures with private and public clouds, enable enterprise agility by using flexible delivery models to best meet changing market demands.
Recent research conducted on behalf of HP reveals that 95% of business and government executives believe agility is important to the success of their organisations. Investments in technology were viewed as a key factor to increasing agility in the next five years.
HP CloudSystem – the most complete, integrated and open platform for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments – now includes the industry’s first “dual bursting” capability to help clients manage uneven demands.
This innovation allows clients to provision and dynamically scale resources up and down, either via a public cloud provider or through an onsite pay-as-you-go cloud model.
In addition, to enable service providers to take advantage of the rapidly growing cloud market, HP announced HP CloudAgile, a comprehensive program that spans the full HP enterprise portfolio including CloudSystem.
To speed time to revenue and improve financial flexibility for a broad range of service providers, the program provides participants with direct access to HP’s global sales force and its worldwide network of channel partners, as well as opportunities to deliver new cloud services.
HP Hybrid Delivery services enable clients to select the best method of delivery for their organisations, tuned to their environments.
HP Support Services for CloudSystem provides a single point of accountability with integrated hardware and software support, 24/7 coverage, proactive problem prevention and automated HP Remote Support. As a result, clients can shift resources from trouble shooting to innovation, improving their ability to quickly respond to changing customer and citizen demands.
In addition, HP CloudStart services extend the capabilities of HP CloudSystem to help clients define initial private cloud services, implement internal costing and chargeback, and comply with clients’ existing security and backup policies.
New functionality automates deployments of basic applications, compliance monitoring and patch management in a private cloud. This allows clients to realise the benefits of cloud computing in a compressed timeframe.
New HP CloudSystem curriculum and courses from HP Education Services provide clients with knowledge and change management support to quickly realise the full potential of their cloud technology investments.
New HP security services, available through the cloud, mitigate risk of security vulnerabilities, while lowering the financial commitment often required for security contracts. Services include:
* HP Enterprise Cloud Service's Vulnerability Scanning reduces the risk of data loss or unauthorised access by reducing common security mistakes. The service scans network nodes – including servers and networking devices where vulnerabilities may exist.
* HP Enterprise Cloud Service's Vulnerability Intelligence provides information on newly discovered potential threats, enabling clients to take corrective actions with targeted, actionable information before an outage or network loss occurs.
HP also announced enhancements to HP Cloud Services Enablement for communications as a service (HP CSE for CaaS). These services enable communications service providers to help their small- and midsize business customers take advantage of utility pricing and the flexibility of an on-demand services model.
HP CSE for CaaS enables wireless, wireline and broadband companies to offer clients a “one-stop shop” for IT and communications services, such as messaging, collaboration and automated voice services. As a result, service providers can expand their customer reach, ultimately increasing overall revenue.
“Organisations today realise that agility is critical to their future success. They need it to meet the changing demands of customers and citizens, as well as drive competitive advantage,” says Manoj Bhoola, enterprise servers, storage and networking country manager at HP South Africa.
“HP’s experience, breadth of portfolio and global service delivery organisation are integral to helping businesses and governments take advantage of cloud as part of their journeys to becoming Instant-On Enterprises.”