Hewlett-Packard ratcheted up the battle for a share of increasing cloud computing revenues this week by launching a new design service aimed at helping organizations accelerate the adoption of cloud-based infrastructures.

The practice, called HP Cloud Design Service, will see HP work with clients to understand their requirements and existing IT investments. HP consultant’s will then create customized cloud blueprints and an implementation plan, including cost estimates, guidelines for deployment, testing, management, governance and support.

“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 HP’s Solutions Infrastructures Practice, said in a statement announcing the service.

Key services offered by the practice include:

  • The HP reference architecture for cloud computing, which acts as a common framework and accommodates different business technologies, software stacks and cloud service requirements.
  • Use of tested, repeatable planning and analysis tools from HP Labs, which incorporates Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices.
  • Faster time to delivery and mitigated implementation risk through the use of a design blueprint.

HP said the offering builds on expertise it has developed working with such clients as the Federal Defense Information Systems Agency, where it designed the Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE), a cloud infrastructure to accelerate the provisioning of computing services for applications used by the U.S. military. The cloud design service is available worldwide with pricing based on specific customer requirements.
HP is far from alone in chasing cloud services revenue as such tech heavyweights as IBM, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are building out their infrastructure. Research firm Gartner estimates that cloud services revenue could top $150.1 billion by 2013, compared to an estimate of $56.3 billion in 2009.




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