HP to enter public cloud

At least that's what Apotheker, Donatelli says

In his first time speaking about HP's strategy, Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP spoke about cloud at HP Summit 2011 last week in San Jose, Calif.

In his first time speaking about HP's strategy, Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP spoke about cloud at HP Summit 2011 last week in San Jose.

HP's Leo Apotheker: We're heading to the cloud

HP will push for a hybrid cloud environment, where organizations will run traditional IT infrastructures, while embracing the public cloud. Already, HP has a couple of services, including its PC Backup Service that use HP data centers, to backup customer laptop and desktop data. The company also has in its cloud arsenal 3PAR, whose HP 3PAR Storage Systems will, and are already are, being used by cloud service providers such as Terremark Worldwide, Verizon and Datapipe.

HP will expand this scant portfolio of products and services by building out a cloud service provider infrastructure of its own in 2012, which will compete with the likes of AT&T Synaptic SaaS and Amazon S3 and EC2. This year the company will offer infrastructure-as-a-service. (It has already started doing so from data centers in Tulsa Okla., and Wynyard, England.) The company will also this year and next offer compute as a service.

HP has been criticized for delaying its cloud storage and compute services plan. Unlike other companies such as EMC, which announced and then pulled back from directly offering cloud storage (instead offering it through AT&T Synaptic) and NetApp, which says it has always been cloud enabled, HP is offering public cloud services on its own through its professional services organization. In waiting for much of the 'cloud storage' hype to cool down, HP has put itself in an enviable position for its storage and server customers considering deploying the cloud and its myriad services.

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