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HP Unveils New Cloud Assure

April 2009 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

HP announced HP Cloud Assure, a new Software–as-a-Service (SaaS) solution delivered by HP designed to provide the assurance businesses need to adopt cloud-based services without fear of putting their business at risk. HP also introduced updates to its HP SaaS reseller program allowing partners to provide added services and value to customers.

HP Cloud Assure is a comprehensive turnkey solution consisting of HP software and services. The new offering leverages HP’s industry-leading software portfolio including HP Application Security Center, HP Performance Center and HP Business Availability Center and is delivered to customers via HP SaaS. HP also provides customers with a team of expert engineers that perform security scans, execute performance tests, and deploy availability monitoring.

HP Cloud Assure helps customers validate:
- Security by scanning networks, operating systems, middleware layers, and web applications and performing automated penetration testing to identify potential vulnerabilities.
- Performance by making sure cloud services meet end-user bandwidth and connectivity requirements, and provide insight into end-user experience
- Availability by monitoring cloud-based applications to isolate potential problems and identify root causes with end-user environments and business processes, and helps analyze performance issues.

The solution is well suited to provide assurance across all three types of service environments that make up the Cloud: SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). HP Cloud Assure provides control over all types of cloud services:
- For IaaS, HP helps ensure sufficient bandwidth ability and validates appropriate levels of network, operating system and middleware security to prevent intrusion and denial-of-service attacks.
- For PaaS, HP helps ensure customers who build applications leveraging a cloud platform to test and verify that they have securely and effectively built applications that can scale and meet the business needs.
- For SaaS, HP monitors end-user service levels on the cloud applications, load tests from a business process perspective, and tests for security penetration.

Availability:

HP Cloud Assure is available today.

HP SaaS has expanded its partner offerings and is introducing a Partner-Led Delivery Option. The program builds on the reseller option introduced to partners last year. The new Partner-Led Delivery Option allows partners to provide specialized services, based on their area of expertise, on top of the HP Software-as-a-Service portfolio and foundation.

The Partner-Led Delivery Option is available currently for HP SaaS for Business Availability Center, HP SaaS for Performance Center and HP SaaS for Quality Center. Expansion to include the rest of the SaaS Business Technology Optimization software portfolio is being developed.




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