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The OpenStack army marches on. On Thursday, Hewlett-Packard put its public cloud to public beta. The services had been available to a limited number of customers up till now. The news comes a week after Rackspace launched its own OpenStack cloud.

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OpenStack marches on. On Thursday, Hewlett-Packard put its public cloud based on the open source OpenStack technology into public beta. The services had been available to a limited number of customers up until now.

OpenStack co-founder Rackspace made its OpenStack cloud generally available May 1, as planned. Internap has fielded OpenStack-based services since last fall. Other industry giants, including IBM and Red Hat, are also backing the open-source cloud stack as a hedge against the growing power of Amazon Web Services.

Hewlett-Packard’s offerings include HP Cloud ComputeHP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network, with pay-as-you-go pricing here.

And to position its cloud as a welcoming ecosystem, HP lined up an array of partners including TwinStrata, Panzura, StorSimple and Zmanda in storage. ActiveState, CloudBees, CumuLogic, Engine Yard, and GigaSpaces are aboard as platform as a service (PaaS) providers.

As Amazon keeps adding more cloud services and as VMware continues to push its own cloud vision powered by vSphere virtualization, the raging debate is whether OpenStack is too late to the party. Backers say cloud adoption is still early and many businesses don’t want to entrust their workloads to Amazon’s public cloud. A variety of other companies, including Tier 3, have launched their own enterprise-grade cloud services.

As for HP itself, the company’s had more than its share of issues of late — burning through three CEOs in as many years — but it’s still a formidable power. It could make a dent in the cloud services market if it plays its cards right, and Zorawar “Biri” Singh, SVP of HP Cloud Services,  has been nothing if not aggressive in his cloud plans.

One thing is certain: This battle’s going to get more interesting before it’s over.

  1. Brajesh Goyal Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Good endorsement for OpenStack. Battle has just begun. A lot of room for innovation to make cloud a reality for enterprise applications with enterprise-grade SLA.

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  2. Another competitive in hosting solutions. After Softlayer, Rackspace and Amazon (Big Player) then HP take his chair to sitdown besides the Big Player… just hope will get the very competitive price cause we are know cloud or cdn is only for a big webmaster or who’s want have a load balancing for fast access for their sites.

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  3. Paul Calento Friday, May 11, 2012

    OpenStack (and HP’s approach outlined above) isn’t necessarily just an alternative, it is a step away from a proprietary cloud. Inevitably orgs will have a mix of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT resources. You may, for instance, want to move assets (apps and data) between them (interoperability) as well have similar management and security.

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