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HP and Telecom Italia are joining forces to sell OpenStack virtual private clouds

HP and Telecom Italia are joining forces to sell OpenStack virtual private clouds

HP and Telecom Italia are partnering to offer private and public sector clients cloud services, the companies announced this week. The move will see the firms help migrate customers over to OpenStack-based virtual private clouds, and help them manage their workloads.

As part of the deal HP will provide customers with an assessment of their IT applications, workloads and business processes, and offer technical support for migrating those applications and workloads to the cloud.

Telecom Italia will offer its experience in managed datacentre services, providing customers with project management consulting and helping support business process management change.

“Traditional IT infrastructures don’t have the capabilities and bandwidth to handle growing levels of information and demand, so organisations need to move to the new style of IT where cloud delivers round-the-clock connectivity,” said Marten Mickos, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud, HP.

“The combined expertise of HP and Telecom Italia will provide organisations with integrated, proven capabilities that can deliver successful cloud transformations. Migrating from traditional monolithic IT architectures to secure, flexible hybrid cloud infrastructures based on HP Helion technology will reduce customer costs and enable anytime, anywhere access to data, applications and tools,” Mickos said.

Telecom Italia, which also participates with HP’s Cloud28+ pan-European cloud initiative, will offer the cloud services from its seven datacentres in Italy.

“The cloud is a critical factor in enabling the digitalization processes necessary for the growth and development of Italy’s national economic system,” said Simone Battiferri, business director, Telecom Italia.

“Thanks to this partnership with HP Telecom Italia broadens its cloud value proposition for companies and government and enriches its Nuvola Italiana’s infrastructure through the adoption of a further, new technology,” Battiferri said.

HP’s OpenStack strategy is still fairly nascent but the partnership with Telecom Italia could be a sign of things to come. Paul Morgan, the company’s EMEA cloud head told BCN that we can expect to see more service provider partnerships, particularly with telcos, because Helion is also the foundation of the firm’s NFV strategy – the suggestion being that it’s cheaper and less complex to run and manage both customer-facing cloud services and virtualised network functions on the same (OpenStack) platform.

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