Though it's known primarily for its hardware, in recent years HP has made a steady transition to the softer side of the market. The company has been especially vocal about its cloud computing services, which have been designated a top priority since Meg Whitman took over the CEO position in 2011.
HP reaffirmed its focus on the cloud earlier this year when it formed a new internal division aimed at weaving together the company's various cloud-related products and services. The division, led by Saar Gillai, is intended to bring synergy to HP's cloud strategy and help the company establish a stronger foothold in the market.
Even before the new division was established, one area where HP showed particular enthusiasm is the private cloud. In early 2011, the company launched a private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) delivered from HP's own data centers.
HP has continued to expand its cloud lineup and steadily march forward into the private cloud industry. Notably, HP has partnered with Microsoft to offer a variety of private cloud solutions for a wide range of businesses.
HP and Microsoft Solutions
HP has committed itself to working directly with Microsoft to develop the specialized skills needed to optimize companies' private cloud initiatives. HP Infrastructure Consulting Services for Microsoft Solutions is designed to provide support and guidance for the entirety of the Microsoft solution lifecycle. This includes early planning, implementation, integration and maintenance. Firms utilizing these solutions in conjunction with the private cloud can maximize performance by avoiding inefficiencies.
In addition to consultation and IT services, HP and Microsoft have also partnered to provide a variety of private cloud solutions. The HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture solution, for example, unites HP Converged Infrastructure with the leading features of Windows Server 2012. The resulting solution is both simple and affordable while still providing a high level of availability, manageability and overall performance. "We're really excited about the announcement with Microsoft on Windows Server 2012" cloud solutions, noted Jeff Carlat, HP's director of industry-standard software marketing, during the launch of the Microsoft server in September of last year.
The HP CloudSystem, optimized for Microsoft, is another option for companies pursuing private cloud solutions. This arrangement provides pre-integrated solutions that include HP Converged Infrastructure, HP cloud management, Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012. The solution can therefore provide quicker time-to-value and streamlined, expedited service design and provisioning processes.