HP Consulting Unveils Real-World Cloud Computing Services

The Cloud Design Service, released this week, follows HP’s (NYSE: HPQ) Cloud Discovery Workshop and Cloud Roadmap Service. Whereas Discovery Workshop was more educational, designed to help people learn about Cloud computing, and Roadmap Service was a planning service to help plan a future deployment, Design Service actually gets into the nitty gritty of implementation.

Cloud Design Service will compare a customer’s requirements against their existing datacenters and systems and design a custom Cloud infrastructure around that, along with an implementation plan. HP will provide cost estimates and guidelines for deployment, testing and operational management.

“Organizations of all types are struggling to understand how to build a Cloud-specific infrastructure that is safe and effective while meeting their business objectives,” Alan Wilson, vice president of the Solutions Infrastructure Practice, Technology Services at HP said in a statement. “HP has the experience to help clients ensure the design and implementation of Cloud infrastructure will deliver the expected benefits today and in the future.”

HP uses its own Cloud reference architecture designed by HP Labs and ITIL v3 for best practices in designing the customer’s Cloud system. The plan includes cost estimates, guidelines for deployment, testing, operational management, service life cycle management, governance and support.

Leveraging Cloud deployment experience

The Cloud Design Service is based on experience HP’s services group has in designing some major Cloud environments already, including HP’s efforts with the Defense Information Systems Agency to design Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE), a Cloud infrastructure solution that accelerates the process of provisioning computing services for applications used by the U.S. military.

HP said Design Service recognizes hardware from non-HP vendors in doing the analysis and evaluation of the existing infrastructure. The design blueprint and implementation plan take into account all existing systems and the workloads they can carry, as well as people, process, technology, and cost estimates.

Information about the service is available now at the HP Cloud Consulting and Infrastructure Services Web site.

Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.