Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?

has announced , its next-generation offering. Based on the version of , Helion includes substantial additions from HP, including a layer based on . HP also announced a free community edition that is limited to thirty servers. This will prove an interesting test of whether any vendor can build a credible competitor to around OpenStack.

HP Helion Overview

As mentioned above, Helion is based on OpenStack. It comes in two editions, which are summarized in the diagram below. The short version of the story is that HP is making a community edition of Helion that offers some of HP’s value-added features for free for environments that have fewer than thirty servers. Larger environments and environments that require enterprise-grade capabilities need the full HP Helion OpenStack edition.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in Newsletter.

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