HP announced Friday that its CloudSystem 8 is generally available. It’s a converged system, with hardware and nearby storage in the rack, virtualized and ready to go for either private cloud operations or general purpose, virtualized infrastructure.
Margaret Dawson, HP cloud evangelist and VP of product marketing, talked about HP’s position in the cloud — and CloudSystem 8 in particular — in an interview Thursday at Interop (run by UBM Tech, InformationWeek’s parent company). CloudSystem 8, she said, is based on HP Converged System 700 or 700X racks of server blades, disks, and switches. It’s HP’s way of bringing the right combination of infrastructure elements together to support large-scale VMware virtualization in the enterprise.
“HP has consolidated its position as a leader in private cloud computing,” said Dawson, citing a recent Forrester Research report. HP’s approach is different from all-proprietary approaches in that it is a heavy contributor of code to OpenStack — ”We’re always among the top five contributors” — and relies on its version of OpenStack, dubbed Cloud OS, to provide the end-user with self-provisioning, usage tracking, and chargeback. Among the OpenStack projects that it contributes to are Neutron software-defined networking and the Horizon management dashboard.