HP Cloud OS Technical Primer from 1 Cloud Road

HP Cloud OS 1.0 made a big splash last week and since 1 Cloud Road is all about Cloud, I figured why not take some time to describe what HP Cloud OS is all about. HP Cloud OS 1.0 is entirely OpenStack powered. For those new to OpenStack, you can visit my Beginner’s Guide To OpenStack for more information.

HP Cloud OS is a foundation technology that is being used for HP’s Converged Cloud Architecture. Many products will be using this technology as HP continues to build more solutions around the Cloud. HP Cloud OS is broken down into a set of services and architecture that acts like an Operating System. Essentially HP Cloud OS is designed to be a Data Center Operating System.

HP Cloud OS is broken down into 2 basic areas:

Administrative Environment & Execution Environment: The two environments used together allow customers to stand up, manage and get self-service usage from a cloud.

The Execution Environment has 2 layers. Kernel and Base Layer

KERNEL LAYER - The Kernel Layer acts like an Operating System Kernel across a Data Center for Cloud which acts as an OS for Cloud. The Kernel Layer is based on the OpenStack infrastructure set of services. The following services from OpenStack are used.

  • Keystone is a service used for Identity Management. It allows for group and multi-tenant creation
  • Glance is used for image library services. Glance allows you to maintain images which you can use to bootstrap VM’s across the cloud and then manage them
  • Nova is the OpenStack service to manage the various hypervisors and virtual machines. KVM, Hyper-V, VMware are supported
  • Cinder is the volume management service taking your storage and attaching it to your virtual environment and cloud
  • Quantum is the virtual networking service which allows you to provision and create virtual networks

BASE LAYER – The Base Layer contains those advance services above the kernel which provide services to the kernel or essentially perform like a subsystem

  • Eden is a framework which is used to build all the HP Cloud OS services. It provides common functionality across all service. Eden also provides scalability and manageability around services and a way to control and understand how those services are performing
  • Peer is a resource pool registry, which allows you to tap into any OpenStack cloud. This allows for a hybrid cloud approach for sharing resources. Example: using HP Public Cloud Services in conjunction with your internal private cloud services.
  • Eve is a provisioning service allowing you to create templates and provision those templates for infrastructure. This allows to take advantage of the orchestration feature in HP Cloud OS and OpenStack. Eve can be used across multiple clouds
  • Focus is an internal service to manage the documents and templates. Versioning and document relationship is also a function provided by Focus

The Administration Environment allows operational resources to control the architecture of the cloud and life-cycle manage the architecture

The administration environment is made up of dashboards and tools

  • Skyline is a dashboard that allows self-service usage of the cloud. Skyline looks and acts like the OpenStack Horizon dashboard.
  • Cosmos is a dashboard for operational resources allowing you to change the architecture of the cloud. You can scale the cloud in or out. You can also use it to change plugins. Cosmos is also based on OpenStack Horizon.
  • Install / Upgrade System is a systems which allows us to create the cloud and the various services related to HP Cloud OS. It can also changes the plugins and update everything inside the cloud including patching and updates.

*This image below was taken from the
HP Cloud OS Whiteboard delivered by Marc Perreira


All together this creates a cloud Operating System architecture which means any products developed by HP will have an underlying common and consistent feature and function set. This will also apply in hybrid environments which use HP Cloud OS

Here is the Official HP Press Release about HP Cloud OS

Official HP Cloud OS Website

Want to give HP Cloud OS a try? Check out the HP Cloud OS Sandbox

Thank you.

Disclosure:  HP sponsored my travel to HP Discover Las Vegas 2013. HP did not have any control or influence in the editorial process.  The thoughts on this site are my own.


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