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New - HP Helion and CloudSystem 8 Openstack Solutions

Posted by Shawn Scanlon, VP of Technology

Jul 9, 2014 8:20:52 AM


HP has been in the cloud services business for quite some time; the product that they used to have was called CloudSystem Matrix which leveraged proprietary code that they developed themselves over the years to be able to automate provisioning of Virual machines and Physical hardware. VMware was the main hypervisor layer they started with (as did every customer) but slowly expanded into support Hyper-V.

HP Helion

HP Helion is a new umbrella term that encompasses all HP Cloud solutions, Public cloud, internal / private cloud and hybrid solutions.
It also includes the services and automation solutions that work inside the HP Openstack (Cloudsystem).

HP CloudSystem 8 (CS8)

In March of 2014 HP released the latest version called CloudSystem 8 that is a complete code redesign based on OpenStack.
They have released their own distribution of OpenStack from the main Icehouse trunk called  Helion OpenStack.

What I like about that at the core is that it uses Icehouse with NO proprietary code so essentially you are getting the latest Icehouse (full incorporation of Swift, Nova, Cinder, Keystone and Neutron) but with fully HP support in the backend. One of the things that most people don’t know about is that HP 3PAR is the first Tier 1 block storage that has full OpenStack Cinder support.

The Cloudsystem 8 portion of the solution puts all of these technologies together, with added HP software that is not included in Openstack.
For example, Horizon is lacking in some areas so HP has developed an HTML5 based front end into the OpenStack deployment that stretches and incorporates not only OpenStack resources but also your existing VMWare deployment and Hyper-V.

HP OneView integration provides you with auto deployment of bare-bone hardware and HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) and Operations Orchestration (OO) provides the OS and application deployment on any platform of your choosing.

Essentially all of these different technologies put together are CloudSystem 8.

There will be multiple versions, from free to Foundation to Enterprise. Enterprise will include the CSA and OO  Components and will compare more to VMware vCAC and Cisco CIAC.

HP Helion

HP Cloudsystem
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Topics: HP, ClioudSystems 8, Openstack, Helion

HP Insight Online Direct Connect Remote Support

Posted by Shawn Scanlon, VP of Technology

Mar 21, 2014 9:46:41 AM

HP has announced their new feature for HP Insight Online and HP remote support.
It allows for HP ProLiant Gen8 servers and blades to communicate directly with Insight Online without the need for HP Insight Remote Support (IRS) installed within the customers data center.

This will allow more customers to take advantage of HP's "Phone Home" support feature. Direct Connect still allows immediate alerting to HP and HP Partners such as HPM Networks.

HPM Networks has been using HP Insight Online and Insight Remote Support with their existing customers to assist in faster issue response, automated case creation and quicker time to resolution. Direct Connect will allow HPM to offer a "controller-less" approach with clients that do not want extra software installed in their environment.


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Topics: Servers and Blades

HP Introduces New Converged Systems Solution

Posted by Shawn Scanlon, VP of Technology

Feb 7, 2014 2:09:40 PM

HP has announced some new solutions that simplify ordering, time to deployment and ongoing support.

Along similar lines as other vendor solutions in the market such as VCE's vBlock, EMC's VPSEX and NetApp's FlexPod, HP aims to integrate their various technologies into one rack or set of racks.

One advantage that HP has is the fact that they offer everything outside of the OS layer. The servers, blades, storage, networking, management and orchestration software all comes from HP.

HP has started by offering Converged System solutions for Virtualization, Client Virtualization / VDI and Big Data. There will be other solutions shipping soon around Cloud and Collaboration.


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Topics: Networking

Welcome to the HPM Networks Blog

Posted by Shawn Scanlon, VP of Technology

Feb 4, 2014 10:07:48 AM

Welcome to the new HPM Networks Blog!

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Welcome to the HPM Networks Blog, where we discuss the ideas, actions and technologies that are revolutionizing IT datacenters.

 Through this platform we aim to provide insights into the innovations being created by our thought leaders and engineers as well as continue to improve technology infrastructure. We will also discuss the importance of being a vendor neutral solutions provider.

 From time to time we’ll feature experts from our partner organizations to help create a more in depth and dynamic dialogue.

 If you find this content engaging and want to share it with your network, please do. The information here is intended to be portable and shareable.

 We hope that you will engage with us and share your thoughts as we work together to make the world a better place.

 Topics covered in the HPM Networks Blog will fall under one of the following categories for quick and easy navigation to the information you are most interested in:


Systems:  Servers, Blades and Infrastructure

Storage:  Converged and Unified Data

Cloud and Virtualization:  Taking Virtualization and Cloud to the Next Level

Networking and Security:  Next Generation Networks

Professional Services and Technical Support:   Tricks and tips on how to best utilize your datacenter

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