December 05, 2012, 12:15 PM — HP is taking the beta label off its public cloud and making it generally available today, along some other features that are part of its converged cloud strategy.
In addition to bringing its OpenStack-powered public cloud into general availability, HP also announced enhancements to its Cloud Service Automation software, which includes better support for multiple types of hypervisors, including Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware's ESX. HP has also announced that its cloud strategy now includes a platform as a service (PaaS) based on VMware's Cloud Foundry as well. HP is making the announcement today at the company's Discover event in Frankfurt, Germany, in the latest efforts by the company to shift the public focus of the company from a fiasco relating to its $10 billion acquisition of Autonomy last year.
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HP Cloud Compute is a pay-as-you-go infrastructure as a service that the company first announced earlier this year as a beta program and now is generally available. The company announced a beta version of a block storage service today as well, which it hopes will be generally available in the coming months. HP also added about 50 new applications to its Cloud Maps portfolio of more than 200 apps that are already hosted on HP's cloud ready for "push-button" deployment, the company says. In addition to the announcements, HP also released a cloud platform aimed specifically at communications service providers looking to create cloud offerings for their customers.