HP is expanding its Cloud services offerings with improved Cloud Service Automation, KVM support and a new Platform-as-a-Service offering.
HP's CloudSystem was last updated earlier this year with the ability to burst across private and public cloud infrastructures. The new set of updates announced this week goes a step further with the Cloud Service Automation (CSA) 3.1 release.
Saar Gillai, Senior vice president, Converged Cloud at HP, explained to ServerWatch that CSA has been improved with additional capabilities for scaling and high-availability.
The HP Continuous Delivery Automation (CDA) technology has also been updated to version 1.1, improving the operational side of DevOps. Gillai explained that CDA uses a model-based approach to define all the bits that an application requires for deployment and then provides for automated application deployment.
"With this new release, we're providing a more flexible interface for the user," Gillai said.
HP is also dipping into the PaaS market with its new HP Cloud Application Platform-as-a-Service offering. The HP PaaS leverages technology from ActiveState called Stackato. Stackato in turn is based on VMware's open source CloudFoundry PaaS and provides some additional language and development capabilities.
"Stackato brings multi-language PaaS capabilities to HP Cloud Services," ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland said in a statement. "With its innovative polyglot development support, sophisticated management controls and best-in-class security model for applications and data, Stackato enhances the HP Cloud Services offerings."
Cloud Challenges Remain
While the trend toward the cloud across multiple levels of IT is being pushed by many vendors, including HP, there remains some significant challenges.
Frances Guida, Manager, Cloud Solutions at HP, notes that helping people become fully comfortable with the idea of cloud automation is still a hurdle. She adds that there are also some organizational questions that need to be answered about how IT roles within an organization change when automation is put into place.
Moving to the cloud doesn't necessarily mean that IT jobs should be at risk, though.
"It's not about having less people, it's about what those people are doing," Gillai says. "Instead of maintaining things, people can be more focused on rolling out services. It's really about having people do things that are more valuable to the organization."