Day two of HP Discover in Vienna features a number of new features around HP CloudSystem, including build related enhancements in the form of integrated bursting, integration of data center infrastructure technology and high-performance communications networks, security reference architecture, and three CloudSystem certifications in the ExpertOne program.
I had a chance to speak with Steve Dietch, HP Vice President of Marketing, Cloud Solutions & Infrastructure about the company’s take on how these changes impact HP customers and partners. You can see that interview below.
While these announcements are largely incremental enhancements to HP’s cloud strategy, they represent an important maturation of the cloud market.
The majority of my deployment experience lies in using public cloud architectures like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud, where you provision services and scale up and down easily based on needs. It’s been hard for me to get my head around why I’d ever want to be limited by owning physical hardware like HP CloudSystem Matrix, simply because I want the elasticity of a public cloud solution like AWS. I realize there are plenty of scenarios where regulations or specific company needs make public cloud infrastructure as a service an important option; I just haven’t found a need for them in any of the use cases I deploy.
Today, HP is taking some of that argument off the table by providing direct integration with Savvis for a burstable configuration right out of the gate. CloudSystem now offers bursting out of the box, so that you can configure resources on CloudSystem in your private cloud environment, with a tie-in to Savvis that makes it easy to quickly scale up when you need additional resources on demand. For Web applications, this means you could deploy locally and burst to Savvis when you suddenly find your app featured in every major tech publication on the planet. Or if you write political news and get featured by Drudge, your server won’t melt if you deployed in your own cloud configuration.
Just don’t plan on using the CloudSystem resources on Savvis permanently. There’s no way to deploy an application on Savvis CloudSystem and then bring it back in house when you increase permanent resources in your own facility. The Savvis resources are purely intended for temporary increases in traffic that will then be destroyed later.
On the security front, HP Cloud Protection Program, which provides a foundation reference architecture, strategy, roadmap, design, and implementation services, is a necessary step in helping define security best practices in hybrid cloud environments across people, processes, policies, and technologies. We’re still in somewhat uncharted territory here. Nobody has really solved the security challenges presented by most end-users maintaining multiple profiles across a variety of cloud services and the potential for data to leak between those services. We’re also still in the early stages of identifying how to make sure various cloud technologies maintain the same levels of security we’ve come to expect in more traditional networking environments. By providing a reference architecture, HP is sharing knowledge with the community at large in order to simplify the process of identifying appropriate security procedures for organizations.
The new CloudSystem certifications, HP ASE Cloud Architect, HP ASE Cloud Integrator, and HP ASE Master Cloud Integrator are a step toward validating the qualifications required to fully understand cloud solution deployment. While it’s too early to know if these certifications will become hiring requirements at potential employers, they certainly help set expectations around the skill sets people will be expected to maintain when working with a potential cloud solution provider.