HP Bursts OpenStack Clouds

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HP is doubling down on its OpenStack efforts with a new CloudSystem 7.2 private cloud release. HP's public cloud offering is also based on OpenStack and the company is a leading contributor to OpenStack development.

"One of the key tenants of CloudSystem has always been its openness. It supports Microsoft, it supports VMware, it supports physical servers and we are now leveraging OpenStack to extend that further," Frances Guida, manager, Cloud Solutions at HP, explained to Datamation.

HP is also enabling cloud bursting, which will enable scaling across OpenStack deployments. With the cloud bursting, one HP CloudSystem deployment can tap into another CloudSystem for scalable deployment resources, thanks to the OpenStack APIs.

HP first started talking about Cloud Bursting with its CloudSystem Matrix release in 2012. The new CloudSystem update extends off that base, according to Guida. The 2012 release was specifically about bursting to HP's partner Saavis as well as Amazon and HP's Public Cloud.

"What we have now done is we have created a more open approach where additional service providers will be able to build this capability themselves, thanks to a standard OpenStack connector," Guida said.


On the public cloud side, HP is introducing a new Cloud Messaging service built on top of the OpenStack Marconi effort. The Marconi project's goal is to create a multi-tenant cloud queuing service. The HP Cloud Messaging service enables developers to build messaging applications that provides for higher-degrees of fault-tolerance. Marconi duplicates messages across servers, which enabled the Cloud Messaging service to be highly-available.

HP recently also unveiled a Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) offering on its public cloud in an effort to provide improved availability capabilities.


As part of HP's continued push into OpenStack, HP is extending support to its storage portfolio. HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, as well as the HP Store Virtual Storage technologies on either Fibre Channel or iSCSI, now both support OpenStack.

HP has also submitted plans to the OpenStack Foundation to integrate the provisioning and orchestration of Fibre Channel storage in OpenStack clouds.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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