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HP Cloud Now Available In Beta – A First Look
The competition is way ahead in the features HP are offering today
By: Chris Evans
May. 16, 2012 07:00 AM
HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released their HP Cloud service in public beta. Here’s the announcement press release. The services on offer are:
Available Now as Public Beta
Still in Private Beta
There’s also the HP Identity Service for managing key & token access management to HP Cloud services. If you want to try any of the public beta products out then unfortunately you have to pay (currently with a 50% discount) using a standard usage model. All of the standard features you would expect are available – REST API and CLI access; token-based security access model – multiple availability zones.
However, none of these services are things that couldn’t be found anywhere else and looking at the competition from the likes of AWS (Amazon Web Services), then HP have a long way to go.
Here are a couple of initial issues:
Comparing prices between IaaS services is no mean feat. The available instances from each provider are subtly different. HP’s smallest offering is 1GB of memory, 1 CPU and 30GB of disk space for $0.04 per hour. The nearest Rackspace offering is priced at $0.06 and from AWS the lowest priced offering is $0.08, but offers significantly more disk space and memory. At this stage HP appear to be competitive, but more work is needed on pricing to see how things compare across the range of offerings.
The Storage Architect Take
It’s early days for HP Cloud and to be fair the service is still in public beta (which should be free, folks). However the competition is way ahead in the features HP are offering today. Making comparisons to AWS (which is the easy option) is bound to happen and AWS release new features almost weekly.
So how do HP differentiate themselves? So far they’re not doing it on price or features. What else is left? Well, HP did announce partnerships with 40 companies who are supporting HP Cloud from the day of release. Perhaps this is where they are looking to be different, by offering an entire ecosystem, including on-premise and hybrid solutions. It will be worth looking back in 6 months and see how things have evolved.
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