When we announced AnyCloud in February, we discussed our ability to deploy to OpenStack-based providers. Behind the scenes, that meant we had been working closely with HP Cloud Services to take advantage of the great work they’ve done and which is now available to the general public. What that means for you as a CloudBees customer is that you can make use of HP as a trusted cloud infrastructure provider with a real enterprise sensibility, probably also a provider your company already has an existing relationship with. So you get all the advantages of the CloudBees PaaS (productivity, faster development, built-in continuous integration and delivery, world class service, all at aggressively low pricing) along with the backing of a tremendous company with over $120 billion in revenue that isn’t trying to convince you their packaged middleware is taking you to the cloud.
Let’s take a look at some specifics about the CloudBees PaaS on HP Cloud..
OpenStack. CloudBees was born on AWS, but with our AnyCloud offering, we’ve been running on vSphere and OpenStack-based infrastructure, too. Since we have an abstraction layer in the CloudBees Platform to work across IaaS providers, I asked Michael Neale, the lead on our HP Cloud work, to comment on what he found on HP compared to others. Here are his thoughts:
“HP cloud is becoming quite full featured - yet still OpenStack-standards based. I can use the nova CLI for instance. The Web UI seems fast, friendly and easy to use. They have done a great job with OpenStack so far. As HP rolls out more images and features, it looks super competitive - and so far staying pretty simple to use. Having a fully featured infrastructure cloud to compete with AWS is encouraging. It will be interesting to track the roll out of features.”
The Experience. Probably the most exciting thing about CloudBees on HP Cloud Services is… that it just looks and feels like CloudBees once you’ve registered your HP Cloud Services resources with us. We treat those resources like other “dedicated” resources already available on CloudBees. So, you can deploy to HP Cloud Services and set up continuous deployment to HP from Jenkins hosted on DEV@cloud. When you associate server resources from your HP Cloud Services account with CloudBees, we manage them on your behalf as you deploy, scale down-up-and-out, monitor and make use of CloudBees partner services, like New Relic.
Why CloudBees? You’ll find other PaaS players on HP Cloud Services, so what sets CloudBees apart? In addition to the usual differentiators, the power of AnyCloud really shines brightly with HP Cloud Services. That means we manage the entire stack for you, and you’re not installing or maintaining the PaaS itself or the underlying runtime stack. You can use other public cloud resources, or target the HP cloud, all from a single environment or command line. Many customers would like a combination of elastic, public cloud resources for some of their activities, like dev/test, together with your HP Cloud Services resources for other activities. In both cases, though, they want a consistent experience, with CloudBees managing the workloads and underlying infrastructure in a way that maximizes utilization and minimizes their operational burden. Only CloudBees AnyCloud offers that kind of flexibility.
If you’re an HP Cloud customer exploring CloudBees, contact us to see the CloudBees PaaS in action on HP Cloud Services. If you’re already a CloudBees customer, then you can now use not just AnyCloud, but the HP Cloud.
- Read about CloudBees and HP Cloud Services
- Read the press release
- Watch the video — see a CloudBees application deployed on HP Cloud Services