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HP Helion brings together all the speed, agility and cost benefits of cloud computing, and with all the possibilities and interoperability of open source. Providing the cloud practitioner in you, the flexibility, reliability and security that enterprises need to move forward with confidence.

In this blog, we will explore the unique challenges and solutions of enterprise cloud deployment and usage. And in so doing, help you on your way to design, build and manage enterprise-grade infrastructure, platform and application services for the Cloud. Come join us now on this journey….

The Week in Cloud News: Cloud Foundry Goes into High Gear; Hybrid Cloud Adoption to Boom in 2015

weekimage.jpgThis weeks review includes highlights from the latest HP Helion Case Study and a new video from HP Discover on HP and open source.

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Grounded in the Cloud Blog Wrap-Up for 2014: Top 10 Posts of the Year

459895879.jpgWith 2014 coming to close, we did some quick research to determine the top 10 posts of the year based on total readership. These top blogs cover a wide range of cloud topics which is a trademark of this blog.

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Podcast: What’s new in HP Helion CloudSystem

HPDiscover2014_21692.jpgAt the recent HP Discover Barcelona event, I was able to record several of the Discussion Forum sessions where our teams discuss various topics to our customers in a small discussion session rather than a formal presentation. This pdocast is from session DF6267, What's new in HP Helion CloudSystem, and what's our cutomer's point-of-view? 

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Verizon and HP make it easier to take advantage of the cloud with confidence

verizon logo.pngHP and Verizon have teamed to make it easier for enterprises to securely and reliably access the HP Helion Managed Cloud Service through the Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Private IP Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service. By connecting to HP Helion Managed Cloud Service through Verizon SCI, customers have control over access to their critical data and the ability to rapidly scale and use multiple cloud services using a pay-as-you-go model

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Building the Future with HP Helion CloudSystem: Integra Public Cloud

integra1b.pngIn this case study, learn how Integral Grupa in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a builder of massive complex projects such as hydro-electric plants, airports and airports looked to HP to solve their data and computing needs with a HP Helion CloudSystem solution for private cloud.

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HP making Progress in the Helion Cloud

progress software.jpgProgress Software and HP have been working closely together to provide existing Progress ISVs with an elegant solution to an increasingly common ISV problem: The availability of a standardized cloud environment that can run both their “modernized” legacy applications and their new web and mobile applications, and which is available ‘ready to run’ at multiple Service Providers. Watch the video interview with Karen Tegan Padir, President, Application Development & Deployment Business Unit at Progress Software to learn more about how Progress ISVs can leverage HP Helion and the OpenStack architecture.

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Printing gets a Cloud Makeover at HP

HPDiscover_DC_191.jpgToday, HP’s PPS business serves tens of millions of customers printing more than 1 million documents each day. On the journey from the first web-connected printer to the massive platform of today, HP faced significant challenges in scaling its solution using traditional data centers and IT processes. To modernize its application delivery, scale rapidly, and deliver new services as the market demands them, HP became a customer of its own hybrid CloudSystem solutions. 

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Automation and DevOps: Learn what Lloyds Banking, BT, AVEA Telecom and Société Générale discovered

Nimish birds of a feather.jpgAt HP Discover Barcelona last week, a panel of IT leaders from five major European enterprises shared their insights about adopting automation and orchestration. Panelists from Lloyds Banking Group, British Telecom, AVEA Telecom, Société Générale and Automation Logic were quite forthcoming about what use cases have yielded the best results, and how orchestration supports DevOps.

Podcast: Adoption Process for Enterprises of OpenStack and HP Helion

benzadeh.jpgOver the past few months, I have been publishing a series of podcasts created in Ireland with the HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services team. This is the final podcast in that series focusing on the process enterprises are undertaking as they move to the OpenStack/HP Helion cloud platform from their existing cloud or virtualization environment.

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Webinar: Your private cloud is probably a “cloudwashed” pretender

bobbypatrck.jpgBobby Patrick, CMO of HP Cloud and Lauren E. Nelson, Senior Analyst with Forrester Research are hosting a Webinar on Dec 11, 2014 at 12:30pm PDT. The session, Top 10 Trends in Private Cloud" will focus on the realty of private cloud in the enterprise.

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HP Helion Recap from HP Discover Barcelona

HPDiscover2014_13674.jpgLast week, the HP Helion team travelled to Barcelona, Spain to support our annual customer event in Europe--HP Discover. The team was busy promoting our latest cloud technologies, announcing new partnerships, and getting feedback from our customers and partners for new product ideas and features.


Keep reading to find out what we announced and how these latest cloud technologies are revolutionizing the cloud space.

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HP and Cloud Foundry® Foundation: Bringing agility and scale to enterprise cloud-native apps

cloudfoundry.jpgBill Hilf, SVP, HP Helion Product Management provides insight into today's Cloud Foundry announcement about the formation of the Cloud Foundry Foundation.


Keep reading to learn what this announcement means for you.


Guest Post: Bill Hilf, SVP, HP Helion Product Management


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Cloud Week in Review: Marten Mickos on the cloud journey; big data options; and more

weekinreview.jpgThis weeks review includes highlights from the HP Helion keynote at HP Discover, information on our new ISV partner, Mendix and their rapid appliaction development solution running in the cloud.

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Big Data and the role of the IT organization for the enterprise

1 cloud road.PNGThe term “Big Data” is one of the hottest terms in IT today. For those who have read my blogs in the past, you may know that my take on Big Data is a little different than most people I communicate with.


Keep reading to find out how I think Big Data is chancing the world we live in and how IT organizations can deliver a better Big Data Solution


Guest Blog: Ernesto Pellegrino, Cloud Computing Evangelist, vExpert and Luigi Tiano, Enterprise Management Director, CT Consultants Inc., 1CloudRoad

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Designing and managing cloud services at HP Discover

G374555032005_JPGHighres_300dpi_50pct.jpegOne of the big cornerstones in Cloud Service Automation is its service designers. These are  two powerful modeling tools depending on whether they are standing up complex sequential based services for the entire stack or they are creating simplified topology-based infrastructure services.


From designing and orchestrating full stack services, Cloud Service Automation can help you deploy cloud service offerings to end-users more quickly – and be able to do so through a single IT service control point. Read on to learn about the improvements made, and what was shown this week at HP Discover Barcelona!

HP Announces Winners of Women of OpenStack Scholarship Program

HP is pleased to announce the four winners of the Women of OpenStack® Scholarship Program. The scholarship is a special program for college women pursuing a career in technology. This HP program awards four female candidates a scholarship of $10,000 USD each, plus mentorship and potential internship possibilities in the future.

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HP Codar helps bring automated DevOps to the enterprise!

Codar.jpgBetween the ubiquity of the cloud and the evolution of many development tools, developers really have what amounts to an à la carte menu of options for DevOps. This is some of the inspiration behind HP Codar, a new tool that facilitates how developers set up some Ops tasks, and could make it easier to bring DevOps practices to the enterprise.


Guest post by Stéphane H. Maes, PhD, CTO and Chief Architect of HP Software Cloud Product Unit

Mendix brings Rapid App Dev to the HP Helion Development Platform ecosystem

mendix.jpgHP Helion is pleased to higlight our first ISV Early Adopter Forum partner, Mendix, a software company addressing the needs for rapid development by providing visual/data application modeling solutions. 

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Announcing HP Codar: Your new DevOps secret weapon to automate application releases

Codar logo.pngOne of the practical challenges of applying DevOps principles is that each stage of the application release pipeline has differing complex environments, and different sets of tools and processes that require a unique application and infrastructure design.


Today, HP Software announced a new way for enterprises and their lines of business to accelerate application release, so they can seize market opportunities and respond quickly to changing customer needs. Here is how HP Codar manages complex multi-tier application release and deployment across the application lifecycle.


Guest post by Roy Ritthaler, VP, IT Operations Product Marketing, HP Software

HP Helion Cloud Tech Thoughts Video Series

20130611_094736c.jpgAre you interested in learning more about HP Helion, OpenStack, and the latest trends in cloud computing? Follow a new HP Helion YouTube Playlist with short, informative videos about cloud, HP Helion, OpenStack, etc.

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Learn OpenStack® from HP Helion Team

20140611_223214.jpgLast month, the HP Helion education team announced OpenStack® web-based training at the OpenStack Summit in Paris. The training is for developers new to OpenStack, cloud architects, cloud administrators, technical consultants and anyone interested to learn about OpenStack.

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Podcast with StackStorm – Operations Automation

stackstorm-logo-header.pngAt the recent OpenStack Summit in Paris, I had a chance to meet with StackStorm, a software operations automation company who announced the release of StackStorm 0.5, open source software for operations automation.  I recorded a Podcast with their CEO and technology evangelist.

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HP Cloud Service Automation - Cloud service designs made simple

CSA3.pngCloud services not only simplify how users procure services, but they can transform how you create and deploy the services in the first place! Here is a look at a few of the simple best practices you can use to design advanced infrastructure, complex platform and application service offerings using HP Cloud Service Automation.


So you want to be an IT superstar? Get there in 4 simple steps!

keep lights on.jpgMany smart, hard working professionals in IT Operations don’t feel like they’re doing anything special — and often, they’re not. When an organization spends 70 percent of its resources on just keeping the lights on, you’re not able to develop new ideas, seize opportunities and adopt new technologies quickly. Here’s how you can break out of the mould and become a true star.


Keep reading to find out how you can get there in four easy steps!

Stories from the field: How one bank deepens customer engagement with cloud computing

A big part of my job that I really enjoy is going out and meeting with customers, and listening to how they’re using cloud computing to realize business goals. Increasingly, I’m meeting with not only members of the IT team but with business leaders—CEOs and lines of business heads. And they’re telling me how technology is playing a central role in their business plans. I recently met a CEO of a European financial institution that is planning to use cloud computing to spark revenue growth. I found the bank’s story inspiring and I’d love to share it with you here.

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Lifesaving Technology: How GS1 Canada and HP Built a Better Recall System

gs1.jpgGS1 Canada chose HP Helion and the HP Helion professional services team to build a cloud-based Product Recall Service supporting more than 20,000 businesses to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness in product recall activations. Learn more about this joint cloud solution for GS1 Canada. 

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9 questions: How Capgemini evaluated its requirements for an IT process automation solution

capgemini.pngA global MSP needs IT process automation to drive predictable quality and competitive costs, but its business and operations requirements must span various policies processes and tools already in place. Here are the questions global MSP Capgemini used to determine what would help accelerate its transformative journey.

Are you an open source professional?

eileenevaqns.pngAre you part of the emerging class of “open source professionals”? If you frequently collaborate with others outside of your department on open source topics, have a passion for open source, appreciate outside the box thinking, and have a non-linear career path that has a common thread of open source-related work, then you may well be one of the new “open source professionals,” according to Eileen Evans, VP and Deputy General Counsel for Cloud & Open Source at HP. At LinuxCon and Cloud Open North America, Evans shared her thoughts about the open source professional.

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Week in Review: Big week for HP Helion and Symantec


This post is a wrap-up of the latest news and information on HP Helion and a great way for you to quickly follow our cloud portfolio of solutions.

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  • Archie delivers strategic solutions focused on today’s critical and evolving business needs, linked to the growing list of Strategic Enterprise Services including Hybrid Cloud, IM&A including Social Media, Security and Mobility from BYOD to mobile applications. Archie is the author of 4 books so far, and a founding director of the Australian Cloud Security Alliance chapter.
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  • I am on the WW Cloud and Big Data Solutions Team. I help our customers adopt HP advanced solutions that are made up of products and services from across HP. I have over 30 years experience in the technology business including 17 years of business ownership.
  • Matt is a Master Engineer leading the development of CLIs and SDKs for HP Cloud. Prior to this Matt led the development of the HP public cloud marketplace and developed the HP public cloud websites. He is a regular open source contributor having contributed to wide variety of projects in numerous languages including PHP, JavaScript, and Go. Matt is a published author and conference speaker.
  • Mike has been with HP for 30 years. Half of that time was in R&D, mainly as an architect. The other 15 years has been spent in product management, product marketing, and now, solution marketing. .
  • Nimish Shelat is currently focused on Datacenter Automation and IT Process Automation solutions. Shelat strives to help customers, traditional IT and Cloud based IT, transform to Service Centric model. The scope of these solutions spans across server, database and middleware infrastructure. The solutions are optimized for tasks like provisioning, patching, compliance, remediation and processes like Self-healing Incidence Remediation and Rapid Service Fulfilment, Change Management and Disaster Recovery. Shelat has 21 years of experience in IT, 18 of these have been at HP spanning across networking, printing , storage and enterprise software businesses. Prior to his current role as a World-Wide Product Marketing Manager, Shelat has held positions as Software Sales Specialist, Product Manager, Business Strategist, Project Manager and Programmer Analyst. Shelat has a B.S in Computer Science. He has earned his MBA from University of California, Davis with a focus on Marketing and Finance.
  • René J. Aerdts is chief technologist and leader of the Strategic Pursuits and Cloud Enablement organization within the Chief Technology Office for HP Enterprise Services. René is responsible for creating and delivering direction and content for consultative driven thematic pursuits, where leading edge technologies and offerings are part of the solution.
  • Roger has been trying to get out of Information Technology since programming COBOL on mainframes in the late '80's. But no matter in which continent he awoke, or whom employed him, his passion to enable people with technology was constant. So now he enables businesses to determine their strategy using the latest technologies like cloud computing, mobility, and big data. HP calls these Strategic Enterprise Services, Roger calls them "another day in the office."
  • Stephen Spector is a HP Cloud Evangelist promoting the OpenStack based clouds at HP for hybrid, public, and private clouds . He was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, he founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow Stephen at @SpectorTX
  • As a provisioning addict for 20 years, I was involved in projects in EMEA and the US as engineer, solution architect and project manager. In the last 2 years I'm in the Operations Orchestrations Community Assistance Team in HP Software R&D.
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