Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) on Tuesday released Cloud Assure, a new suite of bundled software-as-a-service products and managed services aimed at helping enterprises and would-be SaaS vendors alike adopt and manage cloud computing.
With Cloud Assure, customers work with an account manager and engineering team to assess their IT environments' readiness for cloud computing and then monitor and manage security and availability of cloud-based applications with HP's Application Security Center, Performance Center, and Business Availability Center services.
"For companies that want to run an app on the
Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) platform, we want to give them the same degree of performance, availability, and security in the cloud as they have on premises today," Scott Kupor, HP's VP and general manager of SaaS, said in a teleconference announcing Cloud Assure. "Our ultimate goal is to take any guesswork out of the confidence companies have in the cloud."
As such, Cloud Assure could be seen as a first step to apply HP's large IT management portfolio and expertise to the cloud. Over time, according to Van Ash, HP's director of SaaS, there's opportunity to bring IT service management, backup, and recovery to the cloud as well.
Application Security Center, Performance Center, and Business Availability Center have been available separately for varying amounts of time, but never wrapped neatly in a bow as in Cloud Assure, which offers the three as a group with additional hands-on assistance for a one-year contract term.