HP: The Keys to the Cloud are SLAs

At the OpenStack Summit, an HP executive explains what it takes to make the cloud real.

SAN DIEGO. The cloud is big business for HP -- really big.

Zorawar 'Biri' Singh,SVP Converged Cloud and HP Cloud Services, delivered a keynote at the OpenStack Summit detailing what it will take to make the cloud real.

"Over time there will be a common stack that emerges and that's the opportunity for OpenStack," Singh said. "That's hundreds of billions of spending, not the 6 or 10 billion that the public cloud market might be worth today."

Fundamentally, it's a shift from capital expenditures to operational expenditures that defines the cloud opportunity. In terms of public vs. private cloud Singh argues that for HP it's all about delivery.

"I don't like the term hybrid cloud," Singh said. "As an IT vendor our job is about delivery so we call it hybrid delivery."

Making it Real

For Singh, the next step for the cloud is to move to increasing volumes of real production workloads. He added that production cloud workloads need to provide the traditional types of reliability, predictability and recovery capabilities.

"SLAs and orchestration are the two things that matter," Singh said. "Customers want enterprise grade quality of service."

Singh explained that orchestration for HP means dealing with service provisioning as well as enabling bare metal and virtual machines. Then above that, HP has application level services as well.

OpenStack

HP first became actively involved in OpenStack in June 2011. Singh noted that after 15 months of activity, HP is now a major contributor. For the recent Folsom release, HP was the 4th largest contributor, by the number of lines of code contributed.

Singh noted that today OpenStack is the core element of HP Converged Cloud product portfolio and HP's public cloud offering is powered by OpenStack.

"The real measue is ultimately production workloads," Singh said.




Tags: open source, cloud computing, HP, sla, OpenStack


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