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HP Develops Private Cloud for Oracle Apps

By Charlene O'Hanlon
September 20, 2010 - News

HP has built a set of integrated private cloud solutions optimized specifically to reduce the time and effort in deploying Oracle applications in the cloud.

The new technology, HP Private Cloud Solutions for Oracle Applications, is a combination of hardware based on HP’s BladeSystem Matrix and software including Cloud Service Automation software and StorageWorks data services. The offering also will include Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, E-Business Suite and Fusion Infrastructure, enabling one-touch provisioning and a self-service portal for delivering Oracle application services on-demand.

“We have been watching Oracle’s evolution and they are leading the industry application-wise in terms of integrating with a services-oriented architecture (SOA) environment," said Kevin Lyons, director of marketing for the enterprise servers, storage and networking solutions alliance at HP. “Their Fusion apps are going to use a lot of SOA-based connectivity. They are modular and can be bundled together as shared services and compound applications for vertical applications. That strategy of using SOA to modularize application environment screams for an infrastructure that can support it."

Also included are “HP Cloud Maps" – a toolset including design templates, workflows and white papers – to help channel partners or end users bring their cloud environments online quickly by enabling them to rapidly populate data and build a catalog of application services. Additionally, integrated management of the server, storage and networking infrastructure helps reduce maintenance costs and provides automated deployment, monitoring and compliance of Oracle applications.

“For channel partners this is a great offering because we are taking a complex thing and simplifying it to a bundle," Lyons said. “We have taken a lot of the burden off their shoulders and packaged it for them. Both the channel and their customers are looking for simplified, faster deployment of technologies."

HP expects the HP Private Cloud Solution for PeopleSoft to be available in October and priced at around $700,000. The E-Business Suite and Fusion Infrastructure versions to be available by the end of the year, and pricing for those have not been released.

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