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HP Overhauls Helion OpenStack Platform As Helion Public Cloud Winds Down

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HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 brings new features to address organisations’ lifecycle management and security challenges

Despite culling its Helion public cloud platform, HP is forging ahead with its Helion OpenStack offering with the announcement of HP Helion OpenStack 2.0.

Unveiled at the OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015, version 2.0 of HP’s open source cloud platform will aim to redouble the company’s efforts in getting customers involved with private and hybrid cloud environments. Excess expertise from the Helion public cloud project will be diverted to focus on OpenStack efforts.


hpBill Hilf, GM of HP’s cloud division, said: “The configuration, security and scalability advances in HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 enable organisations to deploy OpenStack technology into production with the confidence that they are backed by the experience and support of a trusted end-to-end technology partner.”

The upgrade, made for OpenStack version Kilo, features easy provisioning of new infrastructure, an “easy to use” administrator interface, and strict OpenStack API adherence to enable cross-cloud compatibility.

It was last week when HP announced it’d be killing off its public cloud version of Helion. Speculation was rife about the dwindling performance of Helion, compared to the likes of behemoth Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure offering.

“We have made the decision to double-down on our private and managed cloud capabilities. For cloud-enabling software and solutions, we will continue to innovate and invest in our HP Helion OpenStack platform,” said Hilf in a blog post last week.

HP is set to split into two divisions on November 1 – Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), which will focus on data centre infrastructure products such as servers, storage and networking, and HP Inc., selling PCs and printers.

The company is currently the world’s second largest PC manufacturer behind Lenovo and the logic behind the split is that both new companies will be more agile and able to better serve their respective markets. Both will be publicly traded companies with more than $50 billion in annual sales.

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