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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: Tesora Launches Database as a Service for OpenStack

tesora_logo_color.pngListen to Ken Rugg, Founder and CEO of Tesora on the new Database as a Service solution based on OpenStack Trove in this week's Podcast.

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Change or Die! Revamp IT processes to meet business demands

If you had a chance to document your current IT processes, the odds are good that you’d see a lot of manual steps. And the diagram would likely be described as components, networks, applications, and operations, a standard pattern for enterprise IT. However, to keep pace with growing business needs, IT must instead focus on providing services, not components, and delivering them via cloud in an automated fashion.

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DevOps epiphany – yin and yang in the cloud era

devops5.jpgVasu Sankhavaram, Chief Strategist, Product Foundation Services, HP Software shares a recent epiphany about DevOps and the connections and the disconnections of Development and Operations in the cloud computing era.

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HP Helion Week in Review: Sept 20 – Sept 26: HP SDN App Set to Go Live

0914vrm_hp_app_store.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.

Community means many things: what it means to me on my automation journey

talking over a computer.PNGKnowledge sharing is a powerful tool. It is especially helpful in the automation world. It is wonderful to speak to someone who is ahead of you on your journey and who can help you find some “shortcuts”.


This is why I feel community is such a powerful thing. Keep reading to find out what I have learned from communicating with others and how you can join us.


Written contribution from Chris Saunderson, Program Manager/Lead Architect for IT Automation at Sprint. He evangelizes automation at Sprint.

Calling all Developers: HP Helion Launch Event in San Francisco

HelionDevPlat_QRinviation.jpgJoin the HP Helion team next month in San Francisco for our launch of the HP Helion Development Platform.


Keep reading to find out how you can join us for this amazing event!


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HP Addressing Bash Security Vulnerability

A software vulnerability was discovered in the bash (Linx shell) package. This post addresses HP's reponse in relation to our HP Helion solutions.

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Tollgates, Potholes, and Gridlock – Roadblocks on your DevOps journey

vasu_hp.jpgVasu Sankhavaram,  Chief Strategist, Product Foundation Services, HP Software provides insight into DevOps and cross-portfolio architecture alignment. In this blog, he provides background into his recent talk at the 14th International Cloud Expo in New York.

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HP Helion Week in Review: Sept 12 - Sept 19: Hear from Marten Mickos Directly

20140916_111019.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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HP Cloud Stories: Experience the Impact of HP Helion



We help many businesses and IT departments define a cloud strategy that aligns to business and IT needs, implement the solution with products and services that best adapt to the objectives, and support you in your journey to new style of IT. Therefore we have many stories to tell about HP Helion implementations. Learn more about our customer case studies.


New Content for Operations Orchestration: IPv6, OpenStack Icehouse, vCloud Director 5.5 and Hyper-V

new-release.jpgJust released: important updates to HP Operations Orchestration 10.x and 9.x, including content packs that will make it easier to integrated with IPv6, OpenStack VMware vCloud Director 5.5 and Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.


Written by Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

A peek inside a working HPC cloud solution

20140611_223214.jpgThe HP Helion solutions team has released a new demo tour to help customers peek inside a working high performance computing (HPC) cloud solution, the HP Helion Self-Service HPC solution. The tour lets customers see the solution at work, making it easier for users to access and get their product innovation and data insights work done faster on HPC resources.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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