Earlier this week, HP invited customers to participate in the HP Cloud Services private beta program. The services include HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage. HP is offering early access for users to test and provide input on these initial cloud services.
According to the HP invitation, both offerings are based on HP’s world class hardware and software with key elements of HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Software combined with integration of OpenStack through web-based User Interface and RESTful APIs. These new offerings will provide compute and storage resources from HP’s data centers.
The storage service can be used for backing up data, serving static content over the Web or for storing large data sets either for private or public consumption. The compute service allows users to upload virtual machines to HP facilities. With both services, users can manage their work through a Web-based user interface.
HP has already tested the services with a few users and will continue to not charge in the expanded testing period. Once the offering goes into full production, customers will be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Users can register on the HP website. HP will offer support through phone, chat, website or email.