With $22 billion in revenue in the first half of 2011, according to David Donatelli, Enterprise Server and Networking Business Units executive vice president and general manager at HP, it’s apparent that the company is heading in the right direction. Part of that, according to Donatelli, is HP’s move to support robust appliances in the cloud.
On the first day of the HP Discover show in Las Vegas, the company rolled out a list of new data center offerings that they say are going to help mesh with their Instant-On Enterprise strategy, something that has been working well for them up until this point.
At the end of 2010, the company managed to close a deal with 3Com, giving it a networking branch to go along with its management, server and storage options, and gave it what HP executives see as the total package of cloud services.
Out of this new package come AppSystem and VirtualSystem, appliances designed to help businesses in the cloud in a variety of ways. AppSystem is focused on delivering servers that are easy to manage and deploy, while also offering a high level of performance. VirtualSystem is being touted for use in both desktop and virtual server deployments, and can support up to 6,000 virtual servers and 3,000 virtual clients.
The company is also focused on open architecture designs and giving customers ways to avoid “lock in,” which is one of the main fears that many making the jump to cloud computing have.
Calling them “appliances done right,” Donatelli and HP are looking to make a serious mark on the cloud computing industry in the coming months, and hope that HP’s total package of appliances and management tools can stack up.