The HP Converged Cloud and HP Public Cloud strategies, announced today, are loaded with managed services offerings that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) will promote to enterprise customers. The big question: Will HP allow partners to resell those managed enterprise services?
Most folks know the big-picture strategy: HP is leveraging OpenStack, MySQL and other open standards across its public, hybrid and private cloud efforts. But dig a little deeper and you'll notice that HP Cloud Services also include several managed services. New examples include:
- HP Cloud Maps, which allows customers to select from pre-packaged application templates for "push button" application deployment.
- An HP Service Virtualization 2.0, which allows partners and customers to test cloud and mobile applications without disrupting production systems. Rewind a year or two, and I believe Doyenz's original focus was on that type of testing and deployment model for MSPs assisting customers with software and application migrations. These days, Doyenz competes with a range of companies in the cloud-based business continuity market.
- An HP Virtual Network Protection Service provides security at the network virtualization management layer. Yes, this sounds like a managed network security service.
- The HP Network Cloud Optimization Service helps customers to enhance their network to improve cloud-based service delivery.
- HP Enterprise Cloud Services will allow customers to outsource cloud management to HP. This sounds like the biggest managed service of all. I don't know if HP will manage both public cloud and private cloud environments for customers. We're checking.