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….

Don’t be the Next Tower Records… Implement a Customer Success Management Strategy

In the new style of business world, we're seeing a major shift of power from the suppliers to the customers. To survive, suppliers must adopt a new and proactive approach to mine their customer’s success. Read this blog to learn more about how you shift your company to an enterprise customer success management model.

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HP Helion’s James Bond to speak at Homeland Security Week

homeland-security.pngAttending the Homeland Security Week in Virginia this week? Be sure to attend the keynote from HP and visit our booth to see our cloud solutions in action. 

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Transform your Enterprise to DevOps

stephene.pngBert van Riji, IT Strategist, HP Helion provides additional insight into the DevOps concept focusing on the transformation to DevOps. 

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Week in Review: HP launches cloud service catalog for European Union

clodu28.PNGWeekly update on all things HP Helion


Image:  Cloud28+ event in Brussels hosted over 250 cloud leaders from Europe 

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Another cloud outage? It’s time to control your own destiny

cloud stuck in first gear.PNGI admit it, I am hooked. I have succumbed to the joy of binge watching my favorite shows. (Yes you can find me watching “just one more” episode of Breaking Bad late into the night.)


There are very few things that keep me from these marathon sessions. But recently a major outage prevented me from finishing what I was watching on Netflix. Keep reading to find out more about the impact of cloud outages and what enterprises can do to protect themselves.


Guest post by Derek Howard, Worldwide Service Provider Marketing Manager, HP Enterprise Group

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HP Helion pushes Australian service provider past competition

Triforce/DataKnox was looking to quickly compete in an Australian government initiative with a robust, trusted, easy-to-deploy, and cost-effective hybrid managed cloud solution.


Keep readign to find out how HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise enabled quick entry into GovDC and establishes DataKnox as a leading provider of IaaS and PaaS solutions to government departments.

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Enterprise Cloud Q&A with HP Helion: What is the concept of Cloud Native about?

Helion book.PNGThe term Cloud Native is actively being used in the cloud community and is a reference to an application built specifically to run on a cloud platform. This is in comparison to an existing application developed to run on a specific operating system—often referred to as a legacy application.


Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of Cloud Native applications.

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Week in Review: CloudSystem 9.0 provides additional support for OpenStack devs

CPtOlZIVAAAJ0iL.jpgWeekly review of all things HP Helion and Cloud. 


Image: Allison Randal from HP Helion speaking at the CloudNOW Awards

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The snowball effect of digitization on go-to-market strategies


Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, VP, Cloud Computing, HP EMEA highlights the importance of the Cloud28+ initiative lead by HP Helion in Europe and how this community of cloud service providers ensures enterprise success in their cloud transformation.

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Enterprise Cloud Q&A with HP Helion: Managed Virtual Private Cloud

HP20140317946.jpgWelcome to our new weekly cloud blog series where we answer common cloud questions our enterprise customers are asking. In this first post, we present information on virtual private clouds and what is means to be managed. 

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From Product Pushing to Problem Solving : Connection is the key to successful business relationships

Efrain.PNGFor years, sales groups within organizations, have utilized a “ring the bell” concept of product selling. But now we are seeing a shift from big hit selling to more solution-oriented sales. This shift in the business model is scaring the heck out of sales departments who are worried that big hit selling will be cannibalized. But the world is changing…


Keep reading to find out how you can truly connect with customers through cloud.


Guest post by Haley Carriere

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Podcast: A Cloud Ecosystem is a Must

Khurram Ijaz.jpgIn this Podcast, Irene Cortes, Cloud Program Manager, HP Helion talks with Khurram Ijaz, Cloud Executive, HP Helion about the need for cloud providers to not only offer cloud solutions but a broad ecosystem of partners as well. 

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Supporting robust growth with the HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise solution

ecad.jpgEcad needed solutions that would help it keep pace with the phenomenal growth it was experiencing in data volume without having to add further overhead. It also needed to quickly deliver high-speed applications as well as enhance quality of service.


Keep reading to find out how the company found its answer in an HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise solution, delivered by HP partner Micro-Midia. The solution consists of the HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure, HP ProLiant BL460c Server Blades, and HP 3PAR StoreServ and EVA Storage.

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Cloud28+ In Action Event Next Week


Next week, I am travelling to Europe to attend the Cloud28+ In Action event on Sept 30 to provide insight into this rapidly growing community of cloud providers in Europe. This is the fourth “think tank” event of this community as HP continues to lead this initiative aimed at building a single catalogue of high-quality cloud services in Europe.


Learn more about this innovative community of European cloud providers.

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How to determine security requirements for Cloud applications

The public cloud offers tremendous benefits in cost and flexibility, but security cannot be overlooked. This special guest post examines how an enterprise can deliver consistent security compliance across both private and public clouds — and the critical role automation plays to ensure it scales for the cloud. 


Part of an ongoing series of guest posts about HP Automation and Cloud Management.

Cloud Brokering Services—The keys of a successful broker function in your enterprise

HP20150331110.jpgThe latest buzz words in the IT industry are “Brokering”, together with “DevOps”. Unfortunately many of these concepts, like they often are in the IT industry, have bended into another technology implementation.


Keep reading to find out how Brokering is so much more than just a buzz word

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Podcast: The Latest on HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0

CloudSystem9.PNGIn this podcast, Andrew Rabin, Product Marketing Lead, HP Helion presents the highlights of the HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 release announced today. 

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Raise the Bar on Datacenter Efficiency: HP Helion CloudSystem

HPHelion0.PNGAndrew Rabin, Product Marketing Lead, HP Helion announces the latest release of our flagship HP Helion solution; HP Helion CloudSystem. HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 is now fully built on HP Helion OpenStack and includes the HP Helion Development Platform leveraging additional open source technology including Cloud Foundry and Docker. 

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Building a zero mistake culture to combat cyber crimes

Malicious insiders and human errors can expose security vulnerabilities that put your business in grave danger. While technological capabilities are important, human excellence in preventing mistakes is even more important.

Keep reading this article to learn about practical approaches to develop and foster a ‘zero-mistake’ culture to minimize cyber-attacks.

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Public cloud services market exasperation

While much hype has been justifiably on the public cloud services market, the cloud infrastructure equipment market is large, legitimate and rapidly growing. This market underpins both private clouds and public clouds. And, HP is now #1 overall.

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Inside story: How one customer transformed IT by building a cloud from the ground up

Cloud Service Management.pngIn less than three years, one HP Automation and Cloud Management customer transformed its traditional IT approach and physical media distribution to a dynamic digital supply chain workflow with Cloud Shared Services.


In this special post, get a peek behind the curtain at the journey they took, including tips about what they learned.


Part of an ongoing series of guest posts about HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.

Announcing: Make enterprise cloud apps more portable by standardizing on containers

HP20150615040.jpgManav Mishra, Sr Director, Product Management announces the launch of HP Helion Development Platform 1.3 with a focus on containers. 

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Week in Review: HP number one in cloud infrastructure equipment sales, hybrid cloud market grows

slide1_001.pngWeekly review of all things HP Helion and Cloud. 


Image: Join HP IT team for a lessons learned webinar on DevOps

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Podcast: Driving Value in Telco Business

SW.pngIn this podcast, Irene Cortes, Cloud Program Manager, HP Helion talks with Shisher Wahie, Cloud Engagement Executive, HP Helion about how cloud computing is impacting telecommunication providers. 

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How a Cloud Brokerage is like a Travel Agent?

HP20150127247.jpgLes Pall, HP Helion Professional Services introduces the concept of a Cloud Brokerage via a commonly understood concept, a Travel Agent. 

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Week in Review: OpenStack from the trenches, Developing apps with security in mind

DiscoverZone.jpgWeekly review of all things HP Helion and Cloud. 


Image: Registration is open for Discover 2015 in London

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From Crate to Connect in 7 Hours

casestudy.PNGUsing a pre-built HP ConvergedSystem 700, HP was able to go from the arrival of the equipment to an active running cloud in 7 hours. Read this blog to learn more about this internal deployment case study.

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OpenStack® Scholarship Program: advancing the next generation of female technologists

HP Helion scholarship.pngWe have just launched the second year of the HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship program. This is an opportunity for college women pursuing a career in technology.


Keep reading to find out more about last year’s winners and to learn how to apply this year.

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HP Helion CloudSystem bridges gap between legacy and modern

Solinea.pngWhen a customer selected HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise (CSE) for delivery of its cloud applications, Solinea was commissioned to provide architecture, infrastructure deployment, and configuration and integration services, as well as conduct OpenStack training.


Solinea’s main business challenge was to quickly come up to speed with HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise in order to meet tough customer SLAs. Keep reading to see how they tackled this challenge.


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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
  • Cloud and Automation solution architect in HP Software Research & Development.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 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.
  • Lisa-Marie Namphy is one of HP Cloud’s thought leaders, evangelists, and community organizers around OpenStack, open source, and cloud computing. Lisa-Marie is currently responsible for HP Helion and OpenStack solutions marketing, as well as running the local SFBay OpenStack user group meetups. Prior to that at HP Lisa-Marie ran product marketing initiatives for HP Cloud OS and HP Cloud Service Automation. Throughout her 20+ year career in enterprise software, Lisa-Marie has led efforts to evangelize product lines, launch brand new technologies such as HP Helion OpenStack®, and generate partnerships and business in previously untapped areas. Prior to joining HP’s Cloud Marketing team, Lisa-Marie held senior product marketing roles at Business Intelligence, Business Performance Management, and Operational Intelligence companies including Oracle, Hyperion, Vitria, and Adaptive Planning.
  • 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 @SpectorID
  • 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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