We don’t always use OpenStack, but when we do, we prefer HPE Helion

OpenStack can be a powerful resource for any company looking to utilize the cloud. It can greatly simplify the management of diverse pools of storage, compute and networking across a data center, no matter the vendor. As an open-source option, it promises benefits from decreased costs to increased openness and innovation.

Of course, being open source also comes with drawbacks. Open source solutions can be unwieldy and can take a while to be ready for prime time. Luckily for businesses everywhere, OpenStack has reached the point where it is a viable option for many types of businesses.

When considering OpenStack, organizations have to ask themselves a basic question: roll it out yourself, or choose a partner? When we thought OpenStack was mature enough and clients started asking us about options, we had a similar choice: rolling out our own solution or partnering with a solution provider.

We chose partnering because rolling out our own version was simply too resource intensive. Once we decided to go down the partner path, we evaluated many, many (many) solutions, packages and platforms, from many different vendors.

We went with HPE Helion for a number of reasons. As Clayton Weise, our director of cloud services, explained in a recent interview with HPE, “HPE Helion, for us, really had some of the most mature toolsets to enable that type of hybridization. Especially moving further up the stack that Helion layer is the baseline, is the foundation that all these pieces are going to be built on.”

The entire interview is available as part of this Helion information page, and is worth watching (it’s only three minutes long). To get you started, here are three benefits of Helion that Clayton thought were particularly important for KeyInfo.

Automating manual processes

“Right now we can work with clients to allow them to have a single pane of glass to manage not only what they have in a cloud environment,” Clayton explains. “But what they have on premise, and to be able to see that from a single viewpoint, and to manage it that way and to understand and know where it is best to place that workload and how to move them back and forth.”

Lightning fast deployment

We know what we speak of in this instance, since we have our own Helion deployment.

“With the HPE services team, we were able to have them come in and help us out with the deployment,” Clayton explains. “We took what probably would’ve taken easily three months down to two weeks.”

Exciting future updates

 Helion, HPE and KeyInfo aren’t considering OpenStack to be a static offering, with incremental updates. The future feature set is truly exciting. “We’re working with HPE to add additional pieces for platform as a service and database as a service, leveraging additional technologies from HPE,” Clayton says.

Check out the whole video to learn more details about each of these three benefits. Clayton also gives some interesting thoughts on just how much Helion can save clients. So, whether you’re in the midst of evaluating OpenStack solutions, or just figuring out exactly what OpenStack is, this KeyInfo-Helion information page is a great place to start.


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Drew Woods
Key Information Systems, Inc.