HP releases OpenStack cloud

Community version now, commercial to follow


HP has put its stamp on the world of OpenStack clouds, with its Helion OpenStack community edition code general availability, as of today.

Helion OpenStack starts with a community edition available now, which the company says is suitable for proof-of-concept and pilot deployments, based on the Icehouse release. The company's cloud products and services SVP Bill Hilf said in the launch Webcast (it's here with registration if you have more than an hour spare and don't mind executives endlessly congratulating each other) says HP will follow the OpenStack trunk line release schedule in future versions.

The commercial version – date not set but within “a few months” – will add “integration with enterprise applications and tools, and cross-platform support for third-party hypervisors, databases and software solutions”, Hilf said.

There will also be “more robust management and security” in the commercial edition, with more information to be provided at next year's HP Discovery conference in June 2015.

HP will also provide an OpenStack indemnification program, to protect “qualified customers” using the OpenStack code against patent, copyright and trade secret lawsuits.

The company has also announced a three-month limited trial version of the Helion Development Platform, available on the Helion Public Cloud for the price of a VM, to let users check out the dev platform without having to create a Helion OpenStack environment.

The development environment allows users to create cloud applications, and run deployment across different clouds.

On top of the CloudFoundry application lifecycle service, the development environment includes application services (including the MySQL database, messaging and a marketplace), and the OpenStack environment.

Helion OpenStack is here, and the development platform is here. ®

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