HP launches the Converged Cloud Services program-- a "hybrid delivery approach and portfolio" allowing customers to build public, private and hybrid cloud services.
Tying together different HP cloud services (HP Converged Infrastructure, Converged Management and Security, Converged Information and hardened OpenStack technology), Converged Cloud allows developers to use a number of tools such as Ruby, Java, PHP and Python.
The the program includes a number of services, chiefly HP Cloud Services-- a public cloud similar to what the likes of Amazon and Google are offering, with either on-demand compute instances or virtual machines.
Cloud Services should be available as a public beta from May 10 2012, as well as a private beta with 2 additional Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings (a MySQL relational database service and a block storage service).
Meanwhile HP Cloud Maps allows the management of hybrid delivery environments, with application templates creating a catalog of custom application services.
This launch is yet another step for HP towards becoming a services provider-- last year HP launched Enterprise Cloud Services-Compute, providing server, storage, network and security for use as a service.