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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….

Podcast: Hybrid Cloud Security with Ben de Bont

2404b46.jpgBen de Bont, Chief Security Officer, HP Helion presents his views on cloud security with a unique focus on hybrid cloud deployments.

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Real World Advice on How to Write a Cloud Native Application

There has been a lot of discussions out there about moving applications to the cloud for the benefits of scale and agility. However, not too many people truly understand how to reap the full benefits of cloud. I like to touch on a few basic concepts here on how to write a cloud-native application that is smart enough to take advantage of a true cloud infrastructure environment.

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Announcing New Releases of HP Helion Solutions

BillH-Photos-Studio-2015-select-3.jpgBill Hilf, SVP, HP Helion Product Management announces the release of HP Helion OpenStack 1.1, HP Helion Development Platform 1.1 and the availability of HP Helion Eucalyptus 4.1.

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Week in Review: Deutsche Bank chooses HP Helion for cloud services

WeekinReview.jpgA busy week for the HP Helion team with several big announcements including our new deal with Deutsche Bank.

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HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services

HP_Helion_pos_RGB_300dpi.jpgIrene Cortes, HP Helion Marketing highlights the benefits of engaging with the HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services in transforming your infrastucture into a cloud-based system.

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Identifying and preventing security threats: Service providers address clients’ biggest concerns

Thought_Leadership_WP_SoMe_Kit_Micrographic_Identify_and_Prevent_A5ST.jpgEnterprise security is always on the “hot topic list” for service providers. With the latest headlines about major cyber-attacks, it is no surprise that security is the number one concern among CIOs today.


Keep reading to uncover the secrets to how service providers can outsmart cyber criminals.


Guest post by Robert Wigger, Vice President, Service Providers – EMEA – HP Enterprise Group

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Podcast: Women of OpenStack® Scholarship Program with Xiaoyuan Lu

lu.jpgLate last year, the HP Helion team hosted a scholarship program looking for women leaders working in open source software development. Four candidates were selected for this program which provided them with the money for their education as well as mentorship projects from HP on their open source development efforts.


This podcast recording is with Xiaoyuan Lu from University of California Santa Cruz.

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Intralinks Enters into Strategic Technology and Go-To-Market Partnership with HP

intralinks.jpgToday, HP and Intralinks announced a strategic technology and go-to-market partnership. Read the highlights of the announcement in this post.

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Using Twelve-Factor App Methodologies in Cloud Foundry

Triple0_2.jpgAmy Feldman, Solution Marketing HP Helion highlights the recent trend in building applications for the software-as-a-service marektplace--twelve-factor app methodology.  In addition, HP Helion is hosting a Meetup in Seattle on Feb 25 to present this technique with an application written in Google Go.


Author: Amy Feldman, Solutions Marketing, HP Helion 

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DevOps: DIY vs. Commercial

GoldenSmallHeadshot.JPGBernard Golden, VP of Strategy, ActiveState discusses his thoughts on DIY vs Commercial DevOps solutions. He provides his reasoning for selecting a commercial DevOps solution.

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Podcast: An Introduction to Cloud Foundry

omrigazitt.jpgOmri Gazzitt, VP Engineering, HP Helion and I recorded a podcast on the Cloud Foundry open source project and its role in the development of the HP Helion Development Platform, our PaaS solution.

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MyCloud gets a new business model to deliver cloud services with HP Helion CloudSystem

mycloud.jpgMyCloud recently went through a business transformaiton from offering hosting services to customers to providing IaaS cloud services as well. Learn why MyCloud contacted HP and is now supporting their customers with HP Helion services and infrastucture.

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Best Practices on Developing a Successful Cloud Strategy

success-34-c.jpgMost organizations start with product or technology evaluation when it comes to cloud.  That is often times a recipe for disaster.  To have a successful cloud strategy, you must start with understanding the desired business outcomes.  Read this article for real world advice on how to develop and implement a successful cloud strategy. 

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Podcast: Cloud Automation Use Case Implementation


At HP Discover EMEA in December, Bernd Kammholz, Senior Business Consultant held a Discussion Forum talk on cloud automation use case experiences from idea to production during a short-term project implementation. This podcast is the audio recording of that discussion with attendees


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Distributing Application Deployment using OO

chanllenge.jpgMy team recently had an experience with managing automation with HP Operations Orchestration. We faced the challenge of building a modeled, easy to maintain, continuous deployment and upgrade process with zero downtime. Keep reading to find out how Operations Orchestration has helped us accomplish this challenge.


Written by Nir Diamant, HPSW DevOps Architect

Week in Review: HP Helion launches 7 workload-specific configurations

HP_Helion_pos_RGB_300dpi.jpgIt was a busy week for the HP Helion team with the announcement of 7 workload-specific configurations. See what else happened this week.

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HP Helion, Open Source, OpenStack, and SCALE 13X: A Perfect Match

13x_logo_temp.pngNext week, the HP Helion team heads to Los Angeles for the thirteenth annual Southern California Linux Expo, one of my favorite events of the year. With over 4,000 expected attendees, we will be in full force with our latest HP Helion OpenStack Community distribution, HP Helion Development Platform and other open source technology for cloud.

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Podcast: Women of OpenStack® Scholarship Program with Grace Liu


Late last year, the HP Helion team hosted a scholarship program looking for women leaders working in open source software development. Four candidates were selected for this program which provided them with the money for their education as well as mentorship projects from HP on their open source development efforts.


This podcast is with Grace Liu, a PdD student at George Washington Unversity.

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Evolving for success in the “as-a-service” ecosystem

service providers.PNGOver the last year I personally have seen a ton of ‘change’ in the service provider market. While most of this is in the positive direction of growth, I continue to see the importance of driving differentiation both in your portfolio and how you go to market. I hope you find my insights useful.



Guest post by Paul Kaeley, Vice President Service Providers, HP Enterprise Group Americas

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Professional Services team jump starts OpenStack® implementations

tomnorton.jpgTom Norton, VP HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services highlights key challenges enterprise CIOs are facing as they begin their cloud journeys and how the HP Helion portfolio meets these challenges. The challenges include Staffing, Tracking a Moving Target, Sorting Software, Scalability, and Security.

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HP Helion Virtual Managed Private Cloud lets international fashion retailer focus on the threads

River Island logo.pngRiver Island, a UK fashion retailer with more than 3.6 million downloads of its apps sells to customers in more than 100 counties and needed a IT solution that enabled them to focus on their business and not on IT. Learn why they chose HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud.

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Podcast: Transforming Business-Critical Enterprise Workloads with Accenture

DF5497.jpgAt HP Discover EMEA in December, Bill Sherman, Data Center Offering Development Lead, Accenture and Michael Aday, Director, HP Helion held a Discussion Forum talk on transforming business-critical enterprise workloads: a holistic approach with a new integrated solution from Accenture and HP

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Docker demo from HP Discover is now available - See it here!

Docker_logo.pngOne of the hottest demonstrations at HP Discover was how HP Operations Orchestration works with Docker.  The demonstration showcased how  to use open source technologies like Docker with HP Operations Orchestration to get an abstraction layer that provides governance and a unified way of using these technologies—across your entire organization.


Keep reading to find out how the demonstration worked and how you can benefit from this partnership.


Written by Emil S. Frisendal, HP SW Community Assistance Team


Next Generation Application Development on the Cloud

omriandmanav.jpgDevelopers are adopting the HP Helion Development Platform as their PaaS of choice for native cloud applicadtion development. Learn more about this Cloud Foundry-based solution from HP.

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Podcast: Women of OpenStack® Scholarship Program with Prajakta Naik

Praj.jpgLate last year, the HP Helion team hosted a scholarship program looking for women leaders working in open source software development. Four candidates were selected for this program which provided them with the money for their education as well as mentorship projects from HP on their open source development efforts.




This podcast is with Prajakta Naik, a Graduate Teaching Assistant at San Jose State University.

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Building an ISV Ecosystem for HP Helion

sanjay.pngSanjay Sharma, Director of Business Development, HP Helion updates the progress in the HP Helion Ready Program for Solution Providers (ISVs).


Keep reading to find out the latest from our progress.

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My DockerCon 2014 Amsterdam experience!

docker2.pngI recently returned home from an eventful week at DockerCon. The two-day event was filled with discussions about open source and the future of Docker containers.


Keep reading to find out what was discussed at the event and to learn more about HP Software’s score project.


Written by Meir Wahnon, HPSW RnD


The Week in Review: HP names post-split cloud chief, HP named private cloud leader in China, more

weekpic.jpgThis week saw the news from Forrester naming HP Helion the #1 private cloud in China and the announcement of the executive team for the post-split cloud organizaiton.

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HP Helion Professional Services - A 6 Month Check-Up

Simon.jpgSimon Hassall with HP Helion Professional Services provides an update on the new six month old HP Helion Professional Services organizatoin built to support customers working with OpenStack technology.


Keep reading to find out what has happened over the past six months.

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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.
  • Lending 20 years of IT market expertise across 5 continents, for defining moments as an innovation adoption change agent.
  • Global Marketing Manager at HP in the Converged Application Systems organization, ESSN for Cloud Maps Solution which is a key part of HP’s Converged Cloud and CloudSystem strategy. Responsible for leading marketing for Cloud Maps with a focus on creating internal & external awareness, sales & partner enablement, and demand generation. You can follow me on Twitter @BelaniDeepak
  • HP Software Cloud and Automation solution architect serving largest customers in Europe, now leading the Community team for HP Operations Orchestration.
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  • 15 years in IT industry … started as sys admin, then became a consultant, instructor, solution architect and now in product marketing @HP
  • 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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