Grounded in the Cloud
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….

Making Sense of Private Cloud Deployment Options

Patrick Verhoeven.PNGThe concepts of public, private and hybrid cloud are well understood by now. But the picture is a little murkier when examining the large number of private cloud deployment options that exist for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).


Keep reading to get a clearer view of twelve IaaS private cloud deployment options


Guest post by Patrick Verhoeven, Director Strategic Cloud Programs

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Week in Review: HP announces HP Helion Rack for Private Cloud

P1140276.JPGLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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Are you delivering IaaS responsibly?

preview1.pngWatch Three Best Practices to Maximize your IaaS, the latest video in our Getting Cloud Right series.

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Service providers deliver what CFOs really want: predictability and flexibility

Article 6_HPB22695_NancyL_Blog_Posts_Predictability_1.jpgWhat do service provider customers’ CFOs really want? Some might say flexibility; others might prefer predictability. Either way, more and more service providers are realizing that cloud services provide greater financial flexibility and the ability to accurately predict spending.


Keep reading to find out how CFOs can utilize cloud services to benefit their businesses.


Guest post by Derek B. Howard, WW Service Provider Marketing Manager

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Podcast: Software Defined Storage at Petabyte Scale from Scality

scality.jpgLeo Leung, VP Corporate Marketing, Scality and I discuss the cloud object storage market and how Scality solutions deliver Petabyte scale storage solutions for enterprise customers.

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A HP Helion Norwegian Experience

DSC_3666.jpgStephan Bureau, Cloud Channel Manager EMEA, HP Helion and Antonio Brignoli, EMEA Alliance Sales, HP Helion planned a trip to Norway in early March to enjoy the experience of Northern Lights. This trip led to some amazing shots of the Northern Lights but also a run in with the Norwegian Sport Academy practicing surfing.

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OpenStack® Glance Stores Images like a Phonebook Stores People

openstacktall.jpgWhat do you know about OpenStack project glance? Rick Evans, Sr Evangelism Technologist, HP Helion, provides insight into this critical part of the OpenStack solution.

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Announcing HP Helion Rack: fully-integrated private cloud solution based on open standards

HelionRack_introvideo.PNGKen Won, Solution Marketing, HP Helion announces the newly available HP Helion Rack solution; the industry's first pre-tested, pre-tuned, and pre-configured private cloud solution based on OpenStack technology.

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Podcast: Taking Advantage of your HP Helion Cloud for R&D

image.jpgThis podcast is the final recorded session from HP Discover Barcelona 2014. It is a recording of a discussion with Société Générale and Alcatel-Lucent about their use of HP Helion in their R&D divisions.

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HP is Cooking at ChefConf 2015

chefconf.pngNext week, HP is attending ChefConf 2015 in Santa Clara, CA - the largest, most vibrant gathering of web-scale IT and DevOps leaders, practitioners, and innovators.

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IT Departmental Shifts in the Cloud Era

1.14-Blog.jpgTo remain relevant for the Enterprise organizations, IT delivery must shift from an internal executioner to an integrator and broker of IT services. This implies that new functions emerge such as supplier integration, service management and a shift in the execution of financial management. 

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The one big secret for service providers to extend their market reach

PartnerOne Service provider Program.pngSome say it’s a secret, others say it is well known. The principle is simple: The greater a service provider’s market reach, the greater the opportunity to grow revenue. That is why many service providers are looking to expand their market presence by moving into cloud services and growing their portfolio.


Continue reading to find out how a service provider like you – especially if you’re a cloud service provider –  can maximize your reach into new markets.


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

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Podcast: Overview of OpenStack Project Ironic

ironicmascot.pngProject Ironic, bare metal provisioning, will be a formal project in OpenStack with the upcoming release, Kilo. This week's podcast is with Devananda van der Veen, Project Team Lead about the project and where he sees the future efforts.

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Best Practices for Developing Cloud-Native Applications and Microservice Architectures

Cloud Foundry.pngDevelopers are interested in developing new applications that are scalable, portable, resilient and update easily. In order to achieve this they often look to adopt cloud services, a microservice architecture and utilize twelve-factor app methodologies.


However it’s not as easy as just lifting and shifting your application to the cloud or splitting your application into smaller containers.  It has to be designed, architected and written in a way that takes full advantage of these new technologies.  


But the first question is, “Where do you start?” Keep reading to get a roadmap to this process.  


Guest post by Amy Feldman and Colin Henry

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Charting the Future of the Cloud: MVP Summit in Sunnyvale, CA

MVP-logo.gifOur first HP Helion MVP event is this week, the HP Helion MVP Summit in Sunnyvale, CA. This group of top community influences in cloud are meeting to learn about HP solutions as well as share ideas for next-generation cloud technology.

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HP Sponsors Hack4Europe Hackathon in Europe

Logo_Hack4Europe.pngHP announced our sponsorship and participation in Europe's largest hackathon supporting regional startups, Hack4Europe.



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HP Helion Partner Marketplace Coming Soon

P6210042.JPGThe rapid growth of the HP Helion Network has allowed for the creation of the HP Helion Marketplace. This newly announced program enables resellers the opportunity to build their cloud business via the global community of the HP Helion Network.

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Week in Review: ‘Boring’ workloads trumps scale, the rise of semi-autonomous cloud computing

WeekinReview.jpgLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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Hyper-converged + cloud = the next generation of converged infrastructure

ciimage.jpgWhile the business benefits of cloud are significant, it hasn’t always been easy to scale the underlying infrastructure needed to support it to keep up with the demands of cloud. . Sure, providing self-service catalogs to users improves their productivity, but the task of managing separate pools of compute, memory, storage, and networking were still left to the administrative staff. That meant additional complexity (and risk) when organizations had to expand the footprint of the cloud environments.


Keep reading to find out how Hyper-convergence can address these challenges.

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Making life easier for service providers

Service Provider ready.PNGAre your customers coming to you and clamoring for more services—but with increased speed and security with lower cost? Does this seem like an impossible request?


Find out how you can meet these desires when you have a strong technology partner in your corner.


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

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Taking the Pain out of Data Growth, HP Helion Content Depot

cd_image_tcm245_1859333_tcm245_1859329_tcm245-1859333.pngAre you looking for a scale-out long term storage solution in the cloud? Keep reading to learn more about how HP Helion Content Depot delivers lower TCO and higher ROI for petabyte storage infrastructure to help you with your storage needs.

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Integrating OpenStack and Cloud Foundry for Cloud Native Enterprise Application Development

HP20140217850n.jpgLearn how you can develop, deploy and deliver cloud-native applications using an Open Source solution workflow based on Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) deployed on the OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  On March 17th Product Manager, Sam Gazitt, and strategic, Cloud Chief Technologist, Anand Bhadouria, will offer a half-day technical session to discuss how you can make the most of Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service.

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Podcast: Progress Software and Rapid Applicatin Development in the Cloud

progress software.jpgRichard Stone, Product Marketing Manager, Progress Software joins me for this week's Podcast on rapid applicaiton development in the cloud.

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Announcing New Portfolio of Technology for Service Providers

PaulK.jpgPaul Kaeley, VP Service Providers, HP Enterprise Group Americas announces a new portfolio of cloud technology for services providers.

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A Full Stack of Open Goodness from One Company

bobbypatrck.jpgBobby Patrick, CMO,  HP Helion announces HP Cloudline, Open Compute style servers designed for extreme scale, with open management tools, industry standard firmware, and non-proprietary components.


Keep reading to learn more about this announcement

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Week in Review: HP Helion upgrades, Telefonica selects HP OpenNFV platform

The HP Helion team announced the release of two new upgrades for HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Development Platform as well as the introduction of HP Helion Eucalyptus. We also announced a significant customer deal with Telefonica with our HP OpenNFV platform.

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Cloud securty keeping you up at night? HP Helion has the medicine you need

20140611_223214.jpgLearn how HP provides leading cloud security solutions for our HP Helion customers from Ben de Bont, Chief Security Officer.

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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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  • 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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