HP to Invest More than $1 Billion in Cloud-Computing Helion Project

cloud-computing-seoHewlett-Packard will invest more than $1 billion into cloud computing-software, developers, and tools over the next two years, with offerings marketed under the brand name Helion.

As part of the strategy, HP will expand its cloud offerings from two data centers to 20 over the next 18 months. However, as The Wall Street Journal notes, competitors Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are spending between $1 billion and $2 billion a quarter on data centers and more on research and development.

HP’s cloud infrastructure will be built the free, open-source cloud-operating system, OpenStack. HP will indemnify its customers against any third-party patent claims that may arise against the OpenStack open-source software, and will extend that protection to the customers of their customers.The firm is also putting all of its existing cloud offerings, such as workload management and software development, under the Helion brand.

HP will offer two versions of OpenStack, a free one called the Community version, and a commercial version that will provided a full range of HP management tools. Last week, the firm announced a partnership with Foxconn last week to build services in order to win new business from cloud companies.

HP’s Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, commented, “Customer challenges today extend beyond cloud. They include how to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid environment that spans multiple technology approaches. HP Helion provides the solutions and expertise customers need to select the right deployment model for their needs and obtain the greatest return for their investment.”

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