HP has announced HP Converged Cloud, a strategy and portfolio based on a single architecture that enables enterprises to build, manage and secure hybrid environments.

These solutions extend the power of the cloud across the full spectrum of infrastructure, applications and information, delivering accelerated innovation, enhanced agility at lower cost.

Delivering enterprise-class capabilities, HP Converged Cloud differs from other market offerings in that it is based on a common architecture spanning private, managed and public cloud as well as traditional IT. Both the strategy and portfolio are built around a set of customer centric principles:

* Choice through an open, standards-based approach supporting multiple hypervisors, operating systems, development environments, heterogeneous infrastructure and an extensible partner ecosystem;

* Confidence through a management and security offering that spans information, applications and infrastructure; and

* Consistency through a single common architecture.

HP Converged Cloud is built on industry-leading HP Converged Infrastructure, HP Converged Management and Security software, HP Converged Information and hardened open source technology from OpenStack.

“The convergence of cloud computing and mobile connectivity is changing the way infrastructures are built, applications are developed and information is delivered,” says Clive Brindley, software channel manager at HP South Africa.  “HP Converged Cloud enables enterprises to incorporate a blend of public, private and managed cloud services with their existing IT to create a seamless hybrid environment that rapidly adapts to their changing requirements.”

Research commissioned by HPreveals organisations are undergoing major shifts in how services are delivered and highlights how cloud offerings are increasingly being sourced without the IT department approvals.

The survey indicated that almost one in every two enterprises had departments running non-IT sanctioned cloud solutions and a full 18 percent indicated they were unsure.  With the projected use of private and public cloud models doubling by 2020, successful organisations will need to find a way to embrace these solutions without adding additional complexity and risk to their environment.