HP HAS USED the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo to announce the arrival of HP Helion OpenStack 2.0, the second iteration of the company's customised version of OpenStack, and what is likely to be the last major announcement before the company officially splits in two on Monday.
The OpenStack platform is proving hugely popular with a variety of vendors, and the Helion implementation adds a number of new features.
Provisioning of new infrastructure and amending existing infrastructure with zero downtime are joined by rolling upgrade paths that can permeate entire clouds without taking them down.
Patch management is also made continuous so that systems can be patched without even breaking application availability. There is a new user admin interface offering centralised logging and monitoring at scale across the cloud environment, with flexible network configuration to enable connectivity across entire IT environments.
Helion OpenStack 2.0 adheres strictly to the OpenStack API and is therefore able to offer cross-compatibility with other OpenStack deployments and the growing number of third-party plugins.
"Enterprises want to benefit from the powerful capabilities of OpenStack technology, but they must have the enterprise-grade capabilities required to support their businesses,” said Bill Hilf, senior vice president and general manager for HP Cloud.
"The configuration, security and scalability advances in HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 enable organisations to deploy OpenStack technology into production with the confidence that they are backed by the experience and support of a trusted end-to-end technology partner.”
Also new in Helion OpenStack 2.0 is the ability to create software-defined networks using HP Distributed Cloud Networking and Nuage Networks' Virtualised Service Platform.
OpenStack recently rolled out its 12th iteration, Liberty, which is starting to feature in many vendors' products. HP overtook its nearest rival Red Hat in 2014 to become the biggest contributor to OpenStack, as of the Juno release.
Meanwhile, HP will cease to exist in its current form when trading on the two new companies, HP Enterprise and Hewlett Packard, begins on Monday. µ
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