One of the big decisions about going to the Cloud is whether to use an in-house or an external system. Those who prefer the in-house approach have the unenviable task of setting up a system themselves, or hiring some external group to set it up. In the past this has proved time consuming and entailed many detailed decisions. Inevitably somebody had to think of a better way.
The Hewlett –Packard Helion Rack is designed help a company set up a private, in-house cloud much faster. HP creates each system and sets it up at the business site. As these systems use the same Openstack for running infrastructure services as HP’s own public cloud, so the package has the benefit of both experience and years of practical application.
Mid-sized businesses looking to deploy their first OpenStack cloud system will probably be the main target for these rack systems; sizable departments within larger corporations may also be interested. The HP Helion rack system is well suited for developing new cloud type applications, and is designed for computationally heavy workloads.
One of the selling points of the Cloud has always been the convenience and ease-of-use (along with expandability and cost). But this ease-of-use is at the user’s end, not the party creating the system. Like complex search algorithms or guidelines for creating web content any creator of a computer system is forced to go to great lengths to create something that works to the user’s benefit; a complex and flexible system that interfaces easily with the complexities of the human mind and its requirements. A pre-packaged Cloud-in-a-rack may well pass this convenience and ease-of-use to the purchasing company. The hard work is already done by the designers, so the new owner need only specify how they want the system customised to their needs.
Individuals familiar with HP’s Public cloud systems may have an advantage here as this quick to install Private system runs in a near identical way. Of course it will be extremely secure, and customisable.
The HP Helion rack will be 42 standard rack units in size (a little under 188 cm) and is designed to easily accommodate added storage facilities and other external devices. It should be available in May 2015, with prices varying with the system configuration. The lowest price system should comfortably support 400 virtual machines.