The company said it will make its OpenStack-based
public cloud services available in 20 data centers over the next
OpenStack, a cloud computing project that HP co-founded,
provides a free and open-source cloud computing platform for
public and private cloud services.
"Customer challenges today extend beyond cloud. They include how
to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid
environment that spans multiple technology approaches," Martin
Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, HP,
said in a statement.
HP last week inked a deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer
Foxconn Technology Group to make servers aimed at companies that
provide cloud computing services.
Cloud services have become increasingly popular among both
cash-strapped tech startups and larger companies, which rely on
computers owned and operated by the likes of Amazon and Google,
instead of buying the equipment themselves.
Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc recently slashed prices of most of
their cloud computing services as other companies join the fray.
Cisco Systems Inc laid out plans in March to offer cloud
computing services, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next
two years, while Microsoft Corp said it will increase its cloud
storage offering for business users 40-fold.
(Reporting By Ankush Sharma in Bangalore)
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