Helion is the new brand name for HP’s OpenStack efforts and includes a full OpenStack distribution that will have both community and commercial editions. Additionally, HP is building its own platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology, dubbed the Helion Developer Platform, that is based on the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. Rounding out HP’s Helion initiatives are professional services to help enterprises get up and running with the cloud as well as a legal indemnification program.
HP is no stranger to OpenStack and has built multiple OpenStack technology platforms in recent years. HP first publicly acknowledged that it was working on OpenStack technology in July 2011 to help power the HP public cloud. HP is a member of the OpenStack Foundation and has consistently been a top code contributor in recent years.