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….

The world is unpredictable. Disaster Recovery shouldn’t be…

Disaster recovery no.pngA disaster can happen at any point, and they happen whether you are prepared or not. Disasters can come from natural disasters or they can come from inside with a hardware or software failure.


Keep reading to find out how you can find out if you are prepared for a disaster. This easy assessment will let you know.


Guest post by Monica Lhotak, Global Campaign Manager

Podcast: What’s with all the OpenStack Governance Voting?

openstacktall.jpgOver the past few weeks, the OpenStack community held elections on changing the way the governance policies in the community operate. To get a complete understanding of these changes and how they impact the actual operation of the community, I recorded a podcast with Devananda van der Veen from HP. Devananda is currently the project lead for Ironic, bare metal provisioning.

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Delivering Applications in the Cloud - 3 Emerging Best Practices

Progress1.pngRichard Stone, Director, Progress Software provides the latest insight on emerging best practices in cloud computing from the application development perspective.

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IT Compliance for the New Style of IT

People_with charts.jpgWe are excited to announce the release of HP IT Operations Compliance (ITOC) Community Edition.  This FREE software will help you quickly get you started on the path to compliance for the new style of IT.

Configuring an Active-Active cluster for HP Operations Orchestration centrals

failure-is-not-an-option-quote-1.jpgWhen you deploy an enterprise grade orchestration solution, you want to make sure it is always on. Especially if it is an enabler of IT services—downtime within IT process automation is never an option. 


Keep reading to find out how you can help maintain “always on” by installing HP Operations Orchestration in cluster mode.


Written by Nir Gur Arie, HPSW (QA)


Independent Research Firm Ranks HP Private Cloud a Leader in China

forrester.pngForrester Research has recognized HP as a leader in private cloud solutions in China. The Q1 2015 Forrester Wave Privatge Cloud Solutions in China report details the high level of competence for HP in China.

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Week in Review: Updated HP Helion OpenStack Available

Blog_650x160_jan19jan23.jpgThis week saw the release of HP Helion OpenStack 1.01 which provides additional functionality to our customers. The first podcast of a series of 4 relating to the women selected for the HP Helion Women of OpenStack Program was also made available.

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Moving to the cloud – the cap-ex calculus

william franklin.jpgI am hosting an imaginary dinner party and you are invited. At this dinner we are discussing how to determine the right type of cloud for your IT and business environment.


This is the continuation of a blog series with this dinner party theme—today we are discussing how to calculate the cap-ex of cloud.


Guest post by William L. Franklin
VP, OpenStack and Technology Enablement, HP Cloud

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Podcast: Women of OpenStack® Scholarship Program with Jovanka Gulicoska

jvqa.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 Jovanka Gulicoska from Macedonia.

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HP Helion OpenStack: A Tale of One Cloud

OpenStack_Powered_Logo_tcm245_1672304_tcm245_1699424_tcm245-1672304.pngLast week, Irene Cortes detailed the concept of HP Helion – a portfolio of products, services, and solutions meeting the variety of needs for HP customers. In this post, I want to highlight the cloud platform built by HP engineers using technology from the OpenStack® community.

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Week in Review: Marten Mickos on AWS, find the value in your cloud solution

WeekinReview.jpgMarten Mickos, Cloud Chief, HP Helion spoke with ReadWrite this week on HP Helion and positioning against Amazon.  "HP, as an example, offers a full deployment range: private cloud, managed cloud, and public cloud. HP also offers AWS compatibility. No one else does that."

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How to modernize your disaster recovery plan

HPOO.PNGAre you prepared for a disaster? Nearly 40 percent of IT organizations are not, simply because regular testing of their disaster recovery (DR) plan is too resource intensive and can’t keep up with the rapid changes in their datacenters.


Read on to learn how you can design a more effective DR plan that allows more frequent testing and faster recovery.

Why getting rid of files signals the third generation of cloud infrastructure

Leo_Leung_BW-2.jpgLeo Leung, VP Corparate Marketing, Scality provides insight into the latest application technique leveraging cloud to remove the concept of a file currently seen in the consumer space.  His post discusses the work currently underway in enterprise software to mimic this new feature.

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Podcast: 9 Best Practices for Cloud Design in a Hybrid World

BarcelonaPic1.jpgAt HP Discover EMEA last month, Ewald Comhaire, Sr. Director, Cloud Chief Technologist from HP Helion held a Discussion Forum talk on the best practices for designing clouds for a hybrid environment. This podcast is the audio recording of that discussion with attendees and the YouTube video contains the audio with slides shown along with this session.

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HP Helion Network: The Open Cloud Partner Ecosystem

hphelionnework.pngJoin us for an engaging discussion with Steve Dietch, VP, Cloud Go-To-Market, HP on the vision and strategy of the HP Helion Network, it’s core differentiators, the benefits it offers Service Providers and Technology Partners, and it’s plans moving forward.

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Be a Hero with Cloud ROI – Whitepaper Outlines How to Determine Initial Cloud ROI

100452566b.jpgThe HP Helion ROI Analysis team has crafted a new white paper with the steps required to establish a ROI proposal for your transition to the cloud. Matt Katz, Director, Cloud ROI Analysis Services highlights the content of that white paper and provides links for download.

Tags: cloud| HP Helion| ROI
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Week in HP Helion - Welcome to 2015

WeekinREview.jpgStart the new year off with the first weekly review from HP Helion.

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Don’t forget your people when you move to the cloud

5.14-Facebook-Banner2.jpgLaunching a successful cloud strategy requires more than the right technology, it calls for changing the way people across the organization work together. The key word here is together. Learn more about this often overlooked aspect of organizationl change in a HP Helion recorded webinar, "Clouds, People, and Organizational Impacts."

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What is HP Helion? A Product, Portfolio, or Solution?

20140611_223214.jpgThis blog marks the beginning of a new two month blog series on the HP Helion portfolio and the associated products and services within. In this introductory post, Irene Cortes, Solutions Marketing provides an explanation of what HP Helion is and how the cloud portfolio delivers choice for enterprise cloud customers and developers.

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Podcast: Datadog Provides Cloud Monitoring as a Service

datadog.pngDataDog is a monitoring service for IT, Operations and Development teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight. 

Learn more about this solution from their evangelist in this podcast.

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3 practical steps to reining in costs with cloud and DevOps

IT can release applications faster, at a lower cost, by aligning application development (Dev) with operations (Ops) and using cloud to supply elastic resources that can scale up or down on demand.

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Giving cloud service delivery the royal treatment

pulsant.pngPulsant, a leading managed hosting provider in UK and holder of the Royal Warrent providing IT and Data Center services to the Royal household highlights their decision process in choosing HP Helion for their cloud platform.

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How Automation and Orchestration can help IT go from “Good to Great” in 2015

good to great.pngSeminal business books can provide IT Operations with guiding principles for how to adopt new technology. Here are just a few thoughts I had about how you can apply some of the core concepts of Good to Great to IT process automation and orchestration.

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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  • 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.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 15 years in the IT industry holding titles such as System Administrator, Professional Services Consultant, Technical Instructor, Solution Architect and Technical Product Marketing.
  • 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.
  • Mark Atwood has been deeply involved in open source practice since the late 1980s. His technology interests include open source development and governance, open standards, and cloud computing. He describes his work as "learning amazing stuff and meeting amazing people, and then introducing them all to each other". He makes his home in Seattle.
  • 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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