Just as Helion is based on the open source OpenStack cloud platform, HP says the Helion Network will be more open than other offerings – with indemnification against legal issues for partners, and the ability to support any local regimes for privacy and the sovereignity of data.
“This will be an open ecosystem,” said Kerry Bailey, vice president for cloud at HP Discover in Las Vegas. “It will be member led, support country specific compliance with unlimited indemnification.” Customers will be able to choose any provider and get a standards based hybrid cloud service, he said.
The network will allow partners to mix from a variety of applications, with portability of workloads between on-premises and off-premises services to build hybrid clouds.
Initial partners include AT&T, Hong Kong Telecom, Intel and Synapsis.
“Helion is going well,” saod Martin Fink HP CTO. “There are no vendor lock-in tricks, we are going all in with OpenStack, and have become a founding member of the Cloudfoundry Foundati0n, Now we want to bring the rest of the service provider community along for the ride – because you can’t do it all.”
It’s not here yet, though. HP’s press release says the Helion Network will appear as a pilot project in the fourth quarter of 2014, which is also when Helion OpenStack and Helion Development Platform have their general availability launch.
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