HP Helion Openstack 1.1 – Cloud Operating System

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HP Helion OpenStack is an open, flexible, scalable, and highly-available cloud computing platform based on the trunk version of OpenStack technology. As most of us are aware ,Open Source Software are typically complex and difficult to manage and Openstack isn’t any different. As Enterprises embrace this technology it is important to understand that deploying it and customizing it can be very difficult and require a significant effort and manpower. As a Platinum Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation HP has made a significant investment in the technology and will continue to support the initiative going forward.

OpenStack Foundation Platinum Members provide a significant portion of the funding to achieve the Foundation’s mission of protecting, empowering and promoting the OpenStack community and software. Each Platinum Member’s company strategy aligns with the OpenStack mission and is responsible for committing full-time resources toward the project. There are eight Platinum Members at any given time, each of which holds a seat on the Board of Directors

For those of you that have been around a while might remember HP-UX. Hewlett-Packard’s proprietary implementation of the Unix operating system, based on UNIX System V (initially System III) and first released in 1984. HP Helion is a similar project basically making it easier for you to configure, deploy, and manage OpenStack technology in your existing data center by providing you the enterprise-level support you need to deliver your business projects.

So how do you get started. There is a community edition available for download – HP Helion OpenStack Community. The HP Helion OpenStack Community edition is OpenStack technology coupled with a version of Linux designed for administrators and developers who want to quickly stand up an OpenStack cloud. This is a great way for administrators to get their hands dirty and test drive the product and is free-to-license distribution.  It supports up to 30 physical nodes and 600 virtual nodes making it ideal for small-scale and proof of concept deployments.

As for getting started with HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, you need to understand what services are right for your organization.Compatibility is another key component, understanding what hardware compenents are compatible and work with HP Helion OpenStack distribution. HP’s Helion Website does a great job highlighting the installation process for HP Helion OpenStack 1.1 and makes it easier to get started.

Overall, having a company like HP to do a lot of the heavy lifting reduces complexity of cloud deployments. If Openstack is right for your organization then join one of the fastest growing open source communities in the world.