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HP Releases Trio of Cloud Services for Public Beta

HP has released three cloud services, HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage, and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network, for public beta testing.

HP Cloud Services, created with OpenStack technology, is an open-source development architecture that provides storage in the cloud for developers and organizations developing Web applications. It includes a management console, which provides analytics into demand patterns, operational performance, and resource use. OpenStack, founded by NASA and Rackspace Hosting, is a free cloud computing platform created by developers and cloud-computing technologists.

HP Cloud Compute provides customizable, scalable virtual servers accessible from any device with Web access. It includes software, control panels, and RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) to let users run instances and manage the cloud according to their organization's needs. Appropriate Cloud Compute applications include large-scale data processing, basic Web applications, and multi-tier deployments.

HP Cloud Object Storage provides unlimited scalable data storage in the cloud for any file types, including video and audio. It allows organizations to add or remove any amount of storage capacity for backup and archiving on demand using GET, PUT, and other object requests. Data is accessible anywhere there is Internet access via REST-based APIs. Cloud Object Storage can also serve static content for Web applications.

HP Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) is powered by Akamai, and data is cached and distributed using a global network of edge servers. It provides a variety of ways to access data, such as through CLI bindings, jclouds, Ruby Fog, and RESTful APIs. CDN works together with HP Cloud Object Storage to provide data access, compresses files for faster delivery, and uses secure sockets layer for encryption.

For all three services, HP provides data protection using secure data centers, as well as intrusion prevention, role-based access, automated and manual code audits, nose hardening, and application threat analysis. In addition, objects are duplicated and available in multiple zones.

HP has also started a partner network designed to provide a set of tools, best practices, and support to help maximize productivity in the cloud. Approximately 40 companies, including platform-as-a-service, database, management, and storage providers, have joined the new network. In the future, HP will offer a Cloud Services Marketplace, which will allow customers through a single log-in to access HP Cloud Services and products from partners.

Cloud Services in public beta use a pay-as-you-go model, based on data transfer, storage, and time-used factors.

For more information, visit hpcloud.com. To sign up for public beta, visit console.hpcloud.com.

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