This will be the first edition of CloudSystem that runs on the HP Cloud OS, an OS based on the open source OpenStack distribution. By using OpenStack, HP is making it easy for customers to move workloads between private clouds and public clouds that support OpenStack, such as those offered by Rackspace and HP itself.
The CloudSystem 8 software will include new graphical user interfaces (GUI) for the administrator, the cloud architect and the end user. Each individual has an entirely different set of needs, and the user interface is customized to those needs, Dietch said.
"With the administration tool, you can not only configure cloud systems, but you can use the same GUI to manage the infrastructure," Dietch said.
The number of public cloud providers CloudSystem is linked to has also expanded.
The current version offers the ability to move (or "burst" as Dietch called it) workloads to AWS, HP and Savvis public clouds. The new edition will also be able to burst to Microsoft Windows Azure, and well as to French cloud provider and telecommunications firm, SFR (Société Française de Radiotéléphone).
Another advantage that the new upgrade will bring is that it will reduce the amount of time needed to get a new CloudSystem running, Dietch said. A new deployment can take as little as a few hours whereas one from another provider could take as long as weeks to complete. Dietch declined to name which provider's offering would take that long.
CloudSystem comes in two editions, HP CloudSystem Foundation and HP CloudSystem enterprise. The updated CloudSystem 8 package will be available in March 2014.
In other news at the conference:
-- HP unveiled a consulting practice, called HP Hybrid Cloud Design Professional Services, which can help organizations design their hybrid clouds.
-- It has upgraded its Cloud Services Automation software so it is able to manage Cloud OS deployments.
-- It has augmented its virtual private cloud (VPC) portfolio with self-service capabilities.
-- HP updated its HP Flexible Capacity Services, a hosted infrastructure offering.
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