HP Cloud, which is based on OpenCloud platform delivers various Cloud Solution in a Pay as you Go Cloud Computing model like unmanaged Rackspace Cloud Server. We created an account on HP Cloud to check how it works and apparently in brief it appeared to us, HP Cloud not only has the resemblance with Rackspace of using OpenStack but also it actually can be compared.
HP Cloud : Getting Started by Opening an Account
Getting Started with HP Cloud is quite easy, simply go to this URL :
You will find a button like this to create the account :
You will receive the confirmation email and activate your account. After confirmation, go to the console :
In the above screen shot you can see the dashboard of HP Cloud. Which you can not see is an activate button. If you have not added your card to pay, clicking Activate button will land you to fill the form. You can check the pricing here :
HP Cloud : Getting Started with Server
So the pricing of HP Cloud Compute is quite competitive with unmanaged Rackspace Cloud Server. Basically due to OpenStack, you will find many resemblance. And here is the console :
As you can can see, like Rackspace Cloud we can actually work in the same way. HP Cloud has far superior website interface and backend than Amazon and only can be compared with Rackspace Cloud. If you ask me which interface is easier, the definite answer is Rackspace Cloud.
In future we will write tutorials and guides on HP Cloud Compute. Rackspace had no competitor for their excellent quality and easy to build server instances, HP Cloud has actually entered this gap. Amazon uses decades old web design and technology, they say elastic, but the elastic band has lost elasticity like happens with rubber bands. It is to be noted that, OpenStack was initiated by The Rackspace Cloud and NASA.
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