Last week I was invited to attend HP’s Cloud Computing Tech Day in Cupertino. Like all of these events, it didn’t last a single day but was spread over 1.5 days on 9/10 September. I’ll freely admit that Cloud is not my main area of expertise, however I was pleased to be invited to this event as it allowed me to spread my interests outside of storage and virtualisation.
The first presentation of the day was from Paul Muller, Vice President in charge of Strategic Marketing for Software Products, HP Software & Solutions. Paul provided an overview on HP’s strategy in his presentation entitled “HP Solutions For a Hybrid World”, in which he talked about the need to grow and move closer to the business of a company through innovation and the move to a more service-based architecture. I’ve included a copy of Paul’s presentation here.
Now, for me the most initially interesting slide was number 6, which talks about the HP High Level Architecture. I’ve reproduced it here for reference. It shows the basis of HP’s strategy being based on their Converged Infrastructure, which could use the standard onsite, co-located or public cloud model. Having the Converged Infrastructure story underpinning the Cloud strategy was a pleasing thing to see. It obviously makes complete sense to base any flexible service based offering on converged infrastructures and its the direction we are seeing the industry heading. Although the infrastructure layer is important, it is nothing without effective orchestration and by that we mean the ability to manage that environment in creating, managing and destroying virtual resources (typically thought of today as virtual machines running standard applications). Here HP have a number of software offerings, more of which I’ll mention in coming posts.
The third layer in the architecture is that of Service Management and Assurance. It’s essential that any Cloud architecture can be monitored and managed effectively. After all, the model allows for technology be located both on and off premises, so being able to monitor applications sitting on technology owned by a service provider and potentially shared with other customers is essential. Finally the top level describes the need to offer computing resources as part of a service catalogue. This is something I’ve talked about in the storage world and the concepts apply equally to any technology offering.
I expect to talk more about HPs Cloud offerings in future posts, in the meantime take a look at Paul’s presentation as a great primer and scene setter.