Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?
HP has announced Helion, its next-generation public cloud offering. Based on the Icehouse version of OpenStack, Helion includes substantial additions from HP, including a PaaS layer based on Pivotal CF (Pivotal Cloud Foundry). 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 Amazon Web Services 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 The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.