The Future of the Cloud – HP’s Perspective: HP Cloud Day

Gary Thome is presenting the future of HP cloud, 10 years from now. Gary is part of the Industry Standard Servers and Software team as the VP of strategy. The first question is why would you want to move to the cloud? Moving to the cloud provides two key benefits, first it is instant access to data and applications, and the second is the separation of that app and data from the management of the same. This is a key differentiator that changes the way an enterprise IT department works. Before an IT department can help manage a cloud, they need to know what it is. Gary points out that “The best thing about the word cloud is that it can mean anything you want it to.” What is the cloud taxonomy? At this point I think this has been shown more times than I can count, you have IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, then you have to determine is it public, private, or hybrid. This seems to be the first step before you even start to move into the cloud, you need to understand the taxonomy. To narrow that down some you can see the cloud as a revolving path similar to that path taught with ITIL.

Some great comparisons to the ITIL model have been discussed. This includes the transition that IT staff had to make into a cloud is very similar to when IT departments were told that process would be needed and they had to learn how to do change management and configuration management. Now that you have a self-service portal, the question becomes how to you manage the server and system sprawl. The overwhelming response is that chargeback has to be in place for the cloud solution to work. You may not be actually charging departments for resources but it does allow you to “showback” what each group is using. “Fakeback” is that ability to go through a budget cycle where politics no longer have the weight. IT departments get the control back in showing where infrastructure resources are being spent.

As the cloud comes into its own it will be built on Converged Infrastructure in HP’s view. With four main components HP is looking to build for the future.

  • Virtual Resource Pools : Common modular infrastructure of virtualized server, storage and I/O resources
  • DataCenter Smart Grid : Intelligent management across systems and facilities
  • FlexFabric Network: A common wired-once virtual I/O network
  • Matrix Operating Environment: A common platform to manage and automate from infrastructure to application

The DataCenter Smart Grid will be detailed more throughout the day to include integration with local and regional power providers. The ability to have the software stack on the cloud control power and performance means that the datacenter can integrate with the business needs and environmental needs.

The HP CloudSystem is a way to make the step into the cloud in months versus years. Gary points out that HP looks at moving pieces of your architecture to the cloud at a time, allow a transition while the company and enterprise gets the process and procedures in place to be able to support the Cloud. The CloudSystem will allow an enterprise to give the “Chinese menu” that is customized for your enterprise. While the public cloud makes the business adopt to the cloud, the CloudSystem can adapt to the business according to Gary.

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