Instant-On Enterprises & Cloud Computing
Exclusive Q&A with Sandeep Johri, VP of Industry Solutions & Strategy at HP
By: Jeremy Geelan
Feb. 15, 2011 06:15 AM
Cloud Computing Journal: We hear much talk about public, private, and hybrid models for cloud services in the enterprise. What is the HP take on that - how are you positioned?
Sandeep Johri: HP’s strategy is centered on empowering both commercial and enterprise class cloud computing. Research from HP indicates that senior business, government and technology executives believe that by 2015, 18% of their IT delivery will be through the public cloud and 28% by the private cloud. That leaves the remainder of IT delivery to be handled by traditional delivery methods, either managed in-house, outsourced, or both.
To get the most out of cloud computing, Instant-On Enterprises need to understand where and how their portfolio of technology services can benefit from cloud sourcing. They need to weigh cloud against traditional delivery models and select the best method of service delivery to get what they need done, at the right cost and in the right time. The choice to implement cloud is different for every enterprise, but most need to carefully consider factors such as security, the openness of the infrastructure, automation, resiliency and seamless delivery.
HP’s cloud solutions allow organizations to leverage cloud computing in a way that successfully meets business demands by employing existing technologies to build private cloud, consume enterprise cloud services, transform applications and infrastructure as well as manage all services to gain a competitive or service advantage.
Johri: Cloud computing brings with it the promise of choice: choice in how you source and deliver services to drive out cost, in how you ramp up delivery time, and in how you achieve higher quality. These savings will vary as each enterprise has unique needs and will deploy a unique Hybrid Delivery model to meet those needs.
We are taking a rolling thunder approach with cloud. This means you will see a continued cadence of announcements to our portfolio over the coming months in support of our vision.
We feel that the time is right to bring mission critical cloud computing to the marketplace. Today, everything is mobile, connected, interactive, immediate, and fluid. To gain competitive or service advantage in the face of these new customer and constituent patterns requires technology be at the very forefront of enterprise innovation and growth. With a broad footprint in virtually all areas of the technology ecosystem, only HP has the experience in helping enterprises create the hybrid delivery cloud model for agility and efficiency.
Johri: Our offerings are currently targeted towards large enterprises and the public sector. HP has a long history of serving as a trusted advisor to enterprises and government entities, and understands their current needs better than any other vendor.
Johri: Current approaches to cloud fall short, create fragmentation and only address a portion of the capabilities required for a complete cloud solution. HP CloudSystem is the most complete, integrated system to build, manage, and consume services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
HP CloudSystem is a complete cloud offering based on HP’s market leading HP Cloud Service Automation software and Converged Infrastructure. HP CloudSystem delivers broad application support and helps businesses package, provision and manage cloud services to users regardless of where those services are sourced. Automated management capabilities help ensure that performance, compliance, and cost targets are met by allocating private and public cloud resources based on a client’s pre-defined business policies. As a result, clients have a simplified yet integrated architecture that is easier to manage and can create and deliver new services in minutes.
Johri: Yes, absolutely. HP CloudSystem, underpinned by Cloud Service Automation software, unifies security, governance and compliance across applications, services, as well as physical and virtual infrastructure. Customers are able to rapidly deliver high quality services by automating application to infrastructure provisioning as well as compliance and system level performance monitoring. Providing customers the roadmap to easily architect infrastructure for applications and services, HP CloudMaps makes HP CloudSystem more application-aware and automated.
Johri: HP CloudSystem is a single cloud platform that supports any application, managed across any source, and delivered at any scale. Based on open standards to support multiple types of applications and virtual machines, CloudSystem helps businesses execute on their technology initiatives.
Johri: HP is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance, a non-profit organization formed to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. This includes an open discussion and independent research on creating standards for cloud computing to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.
Johri: HP Enterprise Services plays a key role in this announcement. However, HP has delivered private clouds for many years through its Converged Infrastructure, Shared Service Utility, and other offerings. In addition, HP provides highly scalable offerings, targeted specifically at massive scale-out or cloud computing environments—designed for scale, peak performance, and extreme density and power efficiency.
Johri: HP is currently in a “quiet period” preceding a quarterly earnings announcement (scheduled for Feb 22). While we do expect cloud computing to be a significant opportunity for HP, we cannot speculate on future revenue.
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