Simplicity vs. Complexity
According to Jason Tan, HP's director and general manager for cloud in Southeast Asia, customers in the region are reluctant to implement cloud deployments because these are usually perceived to be complex and costly. As such, HP is offering a "buy, fix and run" approach to cloud computing, so that enterprises will be able to get started with the cloud and scale incrementally depending on need.
HP's Converged Cloud offerings launched in APAC and Japan are considered starter kits that target specific IT needs. These can easily be deployed, and then organizations can scale up their implementations when the need arises, Tan says.
These include the HP CloudSystem QuickStart Kit and HP CloudSystem solutions. QuickStart provisions infrastructure and applications to support physical and virtual environments in a matter of minutes. The system also integrates HP's 3PAR F-Class storage arrays. Customers also get a choice of operating systems and hypervisors. Another example is Cloud Maps, which offers templates for cloud architectures, which can be optimized for applications like CRM or ERP.
Saving Time Through Automated Provisioning
These services take advantage of automated provisioning and service catalog delivery of HP's Cloud Maps. This saves time in designing the cloud setup's architecture.
A recent survey commissioned by HP has determined that the top drivers of cloud adoption are application development (53%), agility in responding to market changes (29%) and reduced cost of operations (18%). However, organizations have expressed worry about vendor lock-in, which might lead to added risk and increased cost if cloud setups are not deployed properly.