HP Virtual Private clouds to replace Virtual servers
Enterprises which are not interested in opting for Virtual Servers in their office environment, can now seek the services of Virtual Private Clouds, which are figured out to be an apt replacement for Virtual servers. This was concluded more than 3 years ago by Amazon Web Services. Now Hewlett Packard, an international brand, known to offer all services and products related to Information Technology IT, has come up with a cloud theory, which is sure to offer a replacement solution for companies, which are in search of Virtual server replacement.
At the Discovery 2012 event in Las Vegas, HP announced its plans to offer HP cloud services through virtual private cloud, which will offer a federation of mix of servers, storage and networking through their real data centers.
Its earlier release, HP public Cloud, which is built on the platform of HP’s own Proliant rack servers and network switches, is running on EsseX which is an open stack cloud controller and is undergoing private beta testing since last September 2011. Now, since one month, the HP public cloud has gone through the public beta testing and is ready to go for production grade applications, with its addition of capabilities to its cloud.
Coming back to the little known HP Enterprise virtual private cloud details, it can be based on its own Cloudsystem Iron and might be a special setup of Bladesystem blade servers, which has integrated switching and external storage that runs a stack of software.
There is information that HP Enterprise virtual Private Cloud will be offered in five sizes which can be like the T-shirt sizes ranging from small to extra large. The HP offers managing solution for a fee, but is also offering selection compliance to its enterprise clients, as they can opt for self-managing service for themselves, with the help of their IT team.
HP enterprise virtual private cloud offers multiple VLANS, provides automated load balancing across the virtual servers, offers daily encrypted backup and off-site storage of data for the server operating system and file systems which can be preserved for almost 30-90 days. Moreover, the Virtual private cloud is said to be offered with backups of oracle or SQL server databases which can be retained till 50-30 days in the HP data center and can be migrated to other offsite servers to be preserved for 15-90 days period. The SAN storage of this virtual server can be brought for storage capacities such as 50GB, 100GB, 500GB or if needed for 1TB blocks, offered with high clustering nodes.
The virtual clouds of HP will be offered with Suse Linux enterprise server instance, Microsoft windows server and Red hat enterprise Linux instance. The set up may include, (which is not officially declared) one physical server with six small virtual machines with two cores and 4GB of memory each. A medium bundle of two physical servers is poised with two quad-core x86 processors and 64GB ram and it has six small virtual servers and four medium VMs . HP tosses in 50GB of storage and 1TB of backup capacity into its private cloud.
HP has also announced officially that its clients using Cloud system IRON can internally push work out to some selected public clouds range which is called as “Cloud Bursting” theoretically.
The HP private Cloud service is expected to be available for enterprises from early 2013.