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….

Rerun Flows - Yet Another Cool Feature of Operations Orchestration Remote Debugging

Studio debugger2.pngWith HP Operations Orchestration (OO) 10.10, you can investigate a failed run by initiating a new flow run with the same run values in the Studio debugger!

Keep reading to find out how.


HP Helion Week in Review: Sept. 6 – Sept. 12: It's Eucalyptus Time

eucalyptus.jpgThis 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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Shadow IT—the good, the bad, and the ugly. How to deal with it?

The debate over shadow IT is like a three-man standoff in a spaghetti Western. On one side you have the business leaders and developers, who view external cloud resources as a quick and inexpensive way to get a project up and running. On the other you have IT, who feels it’s losing control when the business turns to external service providers. And in the middle you have the CIO, who faces pressure to meet the needs of the business, but who also has to weigh the risks involved with using an external service provider.

Cloud is buzzing in Barcelona!

effinal.jpgIt is time again to consider attending the final event of the year for HP customers and IT industry leaders looking to better understand the innovative solutions that are coming from HP.  


In this blog, I provide some informaiton on our December event in Barcelona. I promise after reading it you will start packing your bags.  

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OpenStack® Silicon Valley is Next Week – Lots of HP Helion Activity

openstack-sv-white.pngNext week is OpenStack SV in Mountain View, CA on Sept 16. HP is sending our cloud leaders and developers to this event and I wantt to highlight our talks as well as ways to interact with us remotely during the event.

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HP Helion Week in Review: Sept. 1 – Sept. 5

Helion logo.pngThis 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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Announcing HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services—empowering your cloud

tom norton.PNGToday is a big day for me and for the HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services! HP has officially announced HP Helion OpenStack® Professional Services, to empower its enterprise customers and channel partners to make the jump to the next-generation cloud computing environment.


Keep reading to find out how HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services can help you.


Guest post by Tom Norton, Vice President, HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services

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Case Study: Why Helion could be the Game-Changer the Cloud has been waiting for


Servier Cloud Canada is a boutique provider of cloud services to enterprise business. When the company started out five years ago, they thought they would be a kind of standard resource for CPU, RAM, and storage—similar to the Amazons and Googles of the world. But what we turned out to be is more of a managed services provider, taking customers by the hand and ushering them into the cloud.


Learn how Server Cloud Canada chose HP Helion.


Guest post by Kevin Monis, Server Cloud Canada

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Knock Knock? Who’s there? Automating fulfillment from the cloud is not a joke… It’s reality!

T-data-ctr-security-svcs__226x160--C-tcm245-1098329-CT-tcm245-1237012-32.jpgHow much time does your IT spend on common tasks? How much would it save you if you could automate these tasks?


Keep reading to find out how SaaS-based solutions can help you save money by automating these tasks and getting that time back for your IT staff.


Written by Shay Wissotzky Cohen (HPSW Functional Architect)  and Lucian Teodor Revnic (HPSW Functional Architect)

HP Helion Week in Review: August 23 – August 29; Big News with VMware and Avaya

hp_virtualsystem_vmware_canal.jpgThis 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. In addition, I am posting the latest OpenStack community interaction including Meetups and developer contributions.

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Your hybrid cloud management checklist : 7 key features areas to compare

checklist.jpgFresh from the Solution Exchange at VMworld 2014, it was a great opportunity to meet and see how the different cloud management platforms stack up. Checkout our learnings, in particular the seven key categories of features you should closely examine, when selecting your hybrid cloud management solution.


Written contribution from Camilo Cuervo, Product Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

How do business pressures and cloud disrupt the CIO role?

To paraphrase the Neil Young song, rust never sleeps, and neither do your competitors. An expanding global marketplace has generated more pressure on the business to create a competitive advantage, whether it’s to grow revenue, increase profit, or reduce internal costs. In turn, business leaders are asking the CIO to use technology to help them gain that advantage. The CIO’s new mantra is, how can I help drive the business forward?

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Case Study: Fashion-Forward Looks, Technology-Driven Results with HP CloudSystem

aca.pngEvery industry needs a technology champion. Whether it’s behind-the-scenes support or an immersive end-user experience, retailers rely on technology more than the average shopper might think. In Europe, if you’re a fashion retailer, designer, manufacturer or customer, chances are you have encountered one of the many technology solutions of ACA Fashion Software.


In this case study, learn why ACA Fashion Software chose HP Helion for their infrastructure.

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How to troubleshoot your flow with Operations Orchestration

Troubleshoot.pngHave you ever experienced a troublesome flow? It was just working yesterday and today it refuses to run? Well, HP Operations Orchestration (OO) can help! Keep reading to find out how HP OO can help you uncover the issue, especially when the root cause of the problem is not clear.


Written by Yaniv Mizrahi, HPSW RnD (Automation and Cloud Management)

VMworld 2014 hot topic! Why Connected Intelligence is the catalyst to transform IT

Datacenter.PNGIT is expected to simultaneously accelerate delivery, improve self-sufficiency, quality and lower risks together with costs. So, how does IT get that done? It needs some catalyst. Fortunately, using big data analytics in the right ways can radically transform IT. Here is a brief look at how Connected Intelligence empowers the entire IT operations lifecycle, from providing self service Dev/Test, to orchestrating performance management, service request fulfillment, failover and release automation from dev to cloud.


By Manoj Raisinghani, Senior Director, HP Software Product Marketing


HP Helion Week in Review: August 16 – August 22

480259855.jpgThis 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. In addition, I am posting the latest OpenStack community interaction including Meetups and developer contributions.

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HP Helion Blog Series: professional services is the key to success

480579007.jpgHave you considered your next steps in the move to cloud? Are you thinking that shadow IT is the way to go? Before you act, learn more about the HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services team and their services built to meet your needs.


Continue reading to learn how to connect with this amazing team.

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Hybrid Cloud Washing – What’s Real, What’s Not?

hybridimage.pngBobby Patrick, Chief Marketing Officer, HP Helion provides insight into the concept known as "hybrid cloud washing." His insight into the reality of hybrid cloud and its role in the future of cloud infrastructure is a core part of the HP Helion cloud strategy.


Keep reading to see how you can decipher when hybrid cloud is real or not.

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Webinar: Install HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition in a virtual cloud environment

webinarslide.pngAre you interested in seeing how to install the HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition cloud for yourself? This webinar is a perfect opportunity to learn first hand from an HP Helion technical evangelist on the process of deploying a 100 percent community-built, open source cloud.


Continue reading to find out how you can join us at this event.

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VMworld 2014 sneak peek: 3 ways to improve how you design cloud services

San_Francisco.pngWith VMWorld 2014 just around the corner, here’s a quick look at some of the important use cases we’ll be highlighting for orchestrated datacenter practitioners. Come see these use cases first hand, at the HP Booths #1005 from August 24th to 27th, over at the San Francisco Moscone Center. 


Written contribution by Camilo Cuervo, Product Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

Clap along to increase your return of happiness with cloud management

Happy Cover.jpgIn IT, a significant number of tasks are done repetitively and manually. Would you consider this type of repetitive work very fulfilling for your workforce?


By embracing a holistic cloud management approach, CIOs could see direct and indirect benefits that would save millions of dollars in cost to their company. They can also increase workforce return on happiness.


Guest post by Alain Decartes Strategic Software Initiatives Lead, Cloud and Service Providers, HP Software Marketing


Image courtesy of Columbia Records

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Join HP Helion Team at OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014

openstack-sv-white.pngNext month, join OpenStack community leaders at the 2nd OpenStack Silicon Valley event in Mountain View, CA. HP is proud to sponsor this Mirantis-led evenet and is sending our top OpenStack leaders and cloud executives to meet with you.


Continue reading to find out why you can't miss this event and how you can connect with the HP Helion team while you are there.


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HP Helion Week in Review: August 8 – August 15

newn.jpgThis 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. In addition, I am posting the latest OpenStack community interaction including Meetups and developer contributions.

HP Helion Workshop at LinuxCon/CloudOpen in Chicago

chocago_small.jpgJoin the HP Helion team next week for an OpenStack technical workshop at LinuxCon in Chicago, IL.


Keep reading to find out how you can join us!

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Podcast: Behind the Scenes Running OpenStack at Scale

openstacktall.jpgI recorded a podcast with Dermot Tynon, HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services about the realities of managing a massive OpenStack cloud and the technical challenges involved.


You can listen to our discussion here.

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Beyond virtualization: What’s next for your datacenter?

20130130_OFFICE_GUYS_TALKING-424.jpgThe tech industry is at a fascinating turning point. The era of virtualization adoption is quickly drawing to a close, with most IT organizations at the end of their journey adopting virtualized environments. What’s next? Vendors and IT organizations alike are shifting their focus into datacenter management and automation, with a long-term view of operating with private and public cloud infrastructure. The result is that IT organizations and vendors are rethinking siloed approaches, on how best to embrace heterogeneous orchestration across environments and within the stack.


Written contribution by Andrew Wahl


Case Study: Zuora and HP Helion Scaling the Subscription Economy

zuora.jpgZuora has been enabling the subscription economy by building the next generation commerce platform since 2007. They were looking for the best cloud-based solution for their quality assurance, test and development teams. Learn how HP Helion meet their needs in this case study.

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5 signs it’s time to change how you manage servers

Sisyphus rolling ball.jpgServer administrators relying on manual processes must feel like Sisyphus as they try in vain to keep up with the fire hose of change requests and the relentless tasks to provision, patch, update and upgrade. Eventually, productivity lags and errors creep in.


This could be you. Here are five signs it’s high time to rethink how you administer servers.

HP Helion Week in Review: August 2 – August 7

479516755.jpgThis 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. In addition, I am posting the latest OpenStack community interaction including Meetups and developer contributions.

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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.
  • Ortega has been working for HP for 7 years across their Global Marketing organization. "Tega" is an HP Cloud Senior Marketing leader accelerating messaging around HP Cloud Solutions. Her professional passions range from but are not limited to: globalized messaging on cloud solutions, learning from, interacting with, & influencing enterprise executives in their IT & business model investment strategies. Tega enjoys sharing her social media voice, global network experience, and innovative thoughts. In addition, she keeps her followers connected on world events, industry trends, & global demands that impact the need for technology solutions. Her professional passion stems in outreach to decision makers from startups to enterprise who want to change the world. Tega offers inspiration to her followers that they embrace becoming or comtinue to expand as "forward thinkers". Let's do this! Your enterprise is counting on you.
  • 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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