VMworld 2012 – HP announced on Tuesday that it would integrated their own portfolio of cloud-based services introduced in April, with VMware’s newest suite, vCloud 5.1.
HP’s Converged Cloud enables customers to integrate various combinations of private, managed, and public cloud deployments, in addition to traditional IT, from an offering built on a single open architecture.
“As organizations move from a virtualized environment to a private or hybrid cloud, they may face significant challenges with security, performance and the management of multiple, heterogeneous computing models,” said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president, HP Enterprise Group.
According to HP, the new cloud system optimized for VMware will come with pre-integrated solutions that include HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud management from HP and VMware. Moreover, the auto-flexing feature will enable automatic scaling of the converged infrastructure, and allow organizations to clip the time it takes to add a virtual host from hours to minutes. It also accelerates the design of cloud services, and automates the deployment of virtual applications by using prepackaged templates.
Additionally, customers are able to reap the benefits of security and compliance controls that can be automatically applied to virtual machines and reduce the risk of data loss with automated policy-based data protection.
For VMware customers that need to be compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) in virtual environments, HP offers a converged PCI Compliance Security Solution Stack for virtual and cloud environments. HP says that the solution accelerates the path to compliance covering a majority of the 200 security-based PCI DSS controls, and removes some of the security hurdles associated with achieving PCI compliance in cloud environments.
For data protection, HP Data Protector is a backup and recovery solution supporting federated deduplication for the enterprise, and now delivers integrated protection for VMware vCloud Director, helping vCloud customers and service providers reduce the risk of data loss from applications, both on premises and in the virtual cloud.
HP said that select solutions are available now through HP and its channel partners, but not everything for VMware is ready yet. The remaining solutions are expected by the end of the calendar year.