This Thursday (on May 10, 2012), Hewlett-Packard, one of the leading providers of information technology hardware and software solutions, announced
the second Beta program of its HP Cloud Computing suite of offerings, thus showing that the Company is preparing hard for entering the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market.
This second Beta program expands the original free beta portfolio of cloud services that HP had unveiled last year, and would also provide HP’s Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and the HP Cloud Content Delivery Network for the general public to try out. HP has already worked with more than 40 partners to provide certain services and the list includes EnterpiseDB for PostGres open-source DB, CloudBees for Java applications, EngineYard for providing RoR and PHP support, Spirent for providing RightScale and development tools and ScaleXtreme and Smartscale Systems for management tools among others.
HP mentioned that the public would now be able to use these services under Beta at an hourly pay-as-you-go way of payment, however, the Company did not announce when it planned to make the production versions of these offerings commercially available.