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….

HP Helion Blog Series: Developers, Developers, Developers

152116306-920508de-2c5b-43b8-a6ac-8871e895afe3-1057204260_p.jpgA shift is underway in cloud computing with the growing awareness of how cloud computing will rise in the stack once again and revolutionize enterprise application development. The improvements seen in the latest editions of Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Cloud Foundry are now enabling application developers to build applications for the cloud.

18 Hadoop Features You Can't Live Without


If you’ve been looking into an Apache Hadoop distribution for your big data, you’ve probably been hammered with lots of differences in opinion concerning the real necessities. This article details eighteen specific characteristics within four different categories that are critical in your final Hadoop distribution selection.


Guest Post: Sameer Nori, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, MapR

Labels: MapR

HP Helion Week in Review: July 12 – July 18

newn.jpgWelcome to the new weekly review of all things HP Helion. This 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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3 mistakes that will get you fired as you move to cloud

You are fired.jpgMany enterprises know they need to move to the cloud, but they don’t have a sense of how to get there. While you hear a lot about the advantages of cloud, there’s risk associated with doing it wrong or going in without a plan. You may want the faster time-to-market and increased agility that cloud can deliver, but how do you navigate the pitfalls and get to that desired state?

Labels: HP cloud

HP Helion Awarded the Latest in SOC Certifications


HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (Managed VPC) has been awarded SOC 2 and SOC 3 certifications based on the architecture and processes in place for security, availability, and confidentiality.



Guest Author: Jeff Moyer, Senior Director, Cloud and Data Center Services HP Enterprise Services

Labels: SOC 2| SOC 3

Case Study: CADFEM Engineering Simulation Cloud powered by HP Helion

cadfem.jpgCADFEM, a leading provider of CAE simluation software, consulting, and support has chosen HP Helion and our HPC cloud offerings to enhance the value and capabilities of their simulation software.


Continue reading to find out how HP Helion is helping CADFEM.

Labels: HP cloud| HPC

Showing some open source love at OSCON

oscon2014_logo.pngNext week, the open source community gathers in Portland, OR for OSCON, a fantastic gaterhing for developers and technologists sharing ideas and solutions in the open source community. Of course, HP Helion is there with plenty to offer.


Keep reading to find out how to join us at the event.

Labels: HP cloud

HP Helion Week in Review: July 5 – July 11

479516755.jpgWelcome to the new weekly review of all things HP Helion. This 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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Case Study: Ricoh Transitions to Cloud Backup with HP Helion

ricoh.jpgRicoh, a global brand specializing in printers, industrial products, and digital cameras has chosen the HP Helion portfolio of cloud solutions to solve their backup needs supporting over 110,000 users.

Labels: public cloud| Ricoh

HP Helion Series: Real World Clouds in the Enterprise

helion.pngIn this post, I want to focus on the reality of clouds in the enterprise and the important concept that there is no one size fits all cloud product for every organization. The ability to leverage private, public, managed and hybrid clouds is the reality in today’s cloud rollouts and each offering has its unique solution set for best fit.

Remote Debugging with HP Operations Orchestration

debug.pngThis post describes the usage of remote debugging which is, in my opinion, one of the coolest enhancements of HP Operations Orchestration 10.10! Keep reading to find out what remote debugging means in the context of OO flow authoring, and understand why am I so enthusiastic about it!


Written contribution by Tal Schoenfeld, HPSW RnD


OpenStack Announces Significant Capability for Object Storage

openstacklogo.jpgThe OpenStack community announced today a new feature within the object storage project, storage policies. Storage policies allow enterprise deployers and application developers more control over how they store, replicate and access data across multiple globally located backends

What the Tour de France teaches us about OpenStack

Tour de France.jpgThe Tour de France – the world’s premier bicycle race – is racing across the French countryside. And while most Americans think of bicycle racing as a battle between individual riders, I see it as the greatest example of open-source collaboration on the planet.


Keep reading to find out what insipired me to make this analogy and why I am so excited for the Tour de France to start.


Guest Post by Warren Volkmann
PSO Cloud Writer

Labels: HP cloud

Automate a “desired state” model for datacenter management

Balanced.jpgRegularly running scripts is necessary to keep servers updated, but this can suffer from a crucial shortcoming: the servers may still not be operating in the state you expect or require.


The Desired State model of datacenter management is a more effective approach. Here’s how policies in HP Server Automation help you create a persistent desired state for the servers in your datacenter.


Written by Lucian Nicolae Ciufudean, HPSW Automation and Compliance RnD

You cannot fix the Internet, how about fixing your apps instead?

Do you truly understand how end user network speed will impact your application and the end user experience? This is a complicated topic and can be difficult to truly understand. There are a number of moving parts and conditions that can change the outcome.


Keep reading to find out what ordering lunch has to do with performance testing your application.

HP Helion Week in Review: June 28 – July 4

479516755.jpgWelcome to the new weekly review of all things HP Helion. This 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.

Labels: Summary

Heartbleed OpenSSL: Are your servers still bleeding?

Heart-bleed.PNGRecent research revealed there are more than 300,000 servers still at risk from the Heartbleed OpenSSL. I suspect IT server admins are struggling to manage the process of updating OpenSSL — after all, the last thing a server admin wants to do is place their servers and applications at risk by deploying an update to a large numbers of servers and exposing them to some new, unknown effect. 


If you are in this position, there is good news: There is a way that you can deploy the latest version of OpenSSL to your servers, safely, reliably and quickly, using a 30-day free trial!


Written by Andy Mackay, Senior Product Marketing Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

HP Helion Week in Review: June 20 – 27


Welcome to the new weekly review of all things HP Helion. This 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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Welcome to your online meeting place from HP Helion

hpmyroom.pngHP Helion and our education services team have developed a fantastic online video communication and collaboration tool for both professional and personal needs all running on HP Helion clouds. In the past year, we delivered over 5
billiion+ user connected minutes.


To see this tool in action,

Labels: HP Discover

HP Helion Keynote at Cloud Foundry Summit

keynoteclod.jpgHP's commitement to open source and cloud continues to grow as we recently were one of three keynotes at the Cloud Foundry Summit. The HP Helion team is commited to delivering an enterprise PaaS for the OpenStack community and is fully engaged wtih the Cloud Foundry project.

Podcast: Behind the Scenes for HP Helion Self-Service HPC Solution

hpccar.pngAt HP Discover,  the HP Helion team announced a new HPC solution making high performance computing easier to access via the cloud. This blog contains more information on this solution with a podcast/video discussion with Thomas Goepel, Director Product Management, HP Helion.



HP Helion Series: A Portfolio Not a Solution

492568837b.jpgTo better assist customers in understand the newly launched HP Helion brand, I am kicking off a new blog series focused on the solutions within the brand. In this first blog, I define what HP Helion is and provide examples of HP cloud solutions within the HP Helion brand.



The power of a cloud IT investment strategy – Did you consider this?

72968816.jpgCloud computing is often thought of in only technical terms but there is a broader business impact in transforming to this new style of IT including the financial impact. At HP Discover, I had a chance to videotape an interview with HP Financial Services to better understand how they enable customers to finance their cloud solutions.



Labels: Cloud| HP Discover

Do you have balance between your infrastructure, business innovation & operational excellence?

balance.jpgCIO'S should reflect more critically upon the limits of technology in pursuit of productivity improvements while maintaining control.

OpenStack .NET SDK Released

openstack-cloud-software-vertical-small.pngBreak out the trumpets!

The OpenStack .NET SDK team has just released its first public release with the 0.9.1 version which includes support for the Swift storage service.


Keep reading to find out how you can utilize the SDK within your environment. 

Labels: HP cloud

Step #7 towards an orchestrated datacenter: maximize use of the cloud

metopera-a1.jpgThe cloud has changed how business users think about information technology and what they expect of it. Although the cloud offers ways for IT organizations to adapt and meet those demands for greater availability, agility and scale, it also forces IT to completely rethink how it operates. Here is a final look at how the datacenter must evolve in order to succeed in the cloud. 


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation

Calling all “User Landians” to lead OpenStack above the cloud

super user.jpgI recently attended the OpenStack Summit and came away feeling that power-users like me are a bit under-defined and under-represented.  I felt that I didn’t really fit into OpenStack’s current notion of ‘superusers’, and I think it is time to change.


Continue reading to see where the ultimate superusers are in the OpenStack story. 


Guest post by

Evan Scheessele
HP Printing & Personal Systems

with Warren Volkmann

Labels: HP cloud

4 Business imperatives driving the cloud revolution

dinner-table.jpgI am having a dinner party and you are invited! The focus of our discussion will be around Cloud and what it means for Fortune 500 businesses.


The problem is that everyone has a different definition of what the cloud is.  So we start at the beginning and discuss what this third great revolution in computing infrastructure means to them. Keep reading to find out how I picture the discussion going.


Guest post by

William L. Franklin

Vice President, OpenStack and Technology Enablement, HP Cloud

Labels: HP cloud

HP Discover 2014 – All things HP Helion

20140611_223214.jpgIt was a fantastic week for the HP Helion team last week at HP Discover with plenty of sessions, demonstrations, announcements, and even parties to promote our solutions for the new style of IT.


This blog contains all the information you could ever want from last week including: videos, sessions, demos, and product announcements.

Uncover insights from all angles

Do you view uncovered insights within your business as a “diamond in the rough”? These insights truly are a treasure, and now you can easily uncover them.


Keep reading to find out how you can easily mine and find this insight. I will also help you understand how you can not only find the information, but transform it into an easily consumable format.

Labels: HP cloud
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  • 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
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