HP woos public sector to adopt cloud

Opens cloud lab showcasing secure implementation scenarios

With various studies indicating that many organisations are still hesitant to jump into cloud computing, HP is proving to sceptics that cloud computing works.

HP recently opened a cloud laboratory in Bristol, UK, to demonstrate to a particular target market that cloud works with HP solutions.

The cloud demonstration facility, called the G-Cloud Theatre, specifically targets the government and public sector organisations. But HP said it is also expecting queries coming from private companies interested in a demonstration of a secure computer set-up.

HP said the facility was set up to demonstrate that cloud computing works and that organisations can transition to the cloud set-up with minimal disruption in operations and at reduced costs.

Server set-up

The facility features some of HP's latest intellectual property, some of which are under development at HP Labs, the computer company's research arm.

It was designed to demonstrate that cloud computing can thwart any security threat.

"The G-Cloud can automatically respond to a threat, making a calculation of its seriousness and producing the equivalent of white blood cells to counteract it. When the threat has been removed and those resources are no longer required, it goes back to its previous state," said Martin Sadler, director of the cloud and security lab at HP.

The facility can also be a venue where HP can work with customers and partners to develop other services from technologies coming out of the cloud facility.

Asia showcase

In the region, HP is doing its own initiative to woo organisations on the merits of cloud computing.

In Singapore, HP is working with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore on projects that will encourage the use of cloud computing.

HP is also working with other industry partners, namely Intel and Yahoo on the Open Cirrus project that seeks to create a test bed for research and training on cloud computing.

The Bristol facility is one of HP's largest research facilities in Europe.

This story, "HP woos public sector to adopt cloud" was originally published by MIS Asia .

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