HP unveils Helion Network

HP has launched its Helion Network, a global open network, which is expected to provide a unique commercial and operation model for service providers.

In a statement HP said that the network has the ability to create a secure hybrid IT environment that addresses local and global requirement.  It is being built to attract a powerful ecosystem of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers to accelerate innovation and deliver open standards-based hybrid cloud services.

The service providers within the HP Helion Network will provide the foundation for the ecosystem of services. It will also build on the strength of the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which has more than 115 service providers worldwide and 1,500 private cloud deployments.

The Helion Network is designed to include companies — such as participants like AT&T, HKT, Intel and Synapsis — who will work with HP to evolve the network.

“Global enterprises grapple with a daunting array of cloud products and services across locations, which create challenges that include security, data sovereignty, interoperability and quality of service. Helion Network leverages HP’s expertise gained from running OpenStack technology at scale and our ability to unite service providers and technology partners,” said Martin Fink, chief technology officer, HP.

Benefits for partners will include the ability to drive new revenue streams and lower costs by offering differentiated cloud offerings that harness HP and partner technology and expertise and collaborative sales and marketing efforts to enhance market coverage and increase go-to-market efficiencies. This includes access to HP training, collateral and go-to-market support via HP’s direct and indirect channel partners — including value-added resellers and distributors.

The HP Helion Network will become part of the HP Helion portfolio of products and services announced last month. New additions to the portfolio include HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Development Platform.

The HP Helion Network is expected to launch a pilot program in the fourth quarter of 2014. General availability for HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform is planned for the same time frame.

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