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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….

Week in Review: Follow your hybrid cloud manifesto, hybrid adoption to triple

CCwprJ5VEAE4gMj.jpgLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

Image - Action shot from SF Bay Area OpenStack Meetup 

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EUCALYPTUS – PRIVATE without boundaries

Eucalyptus Cloud Platform.JPGHoria Pitulescu, Cloud Delivery Strategic Initiatives, HP, highlights the benefits of the HP Helion Eucalyptus open-source cloud solution that enables a bridge from private clouds to AWS.

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Podcast: Cloud and the IT Department

louiseng.jpgIn this week’s podcast, I speak with Louise Ng, HP Worldwide Cloud and Automation CTO, about how enterprise IT departments are handling the transition to cloud and the impact on the IT teams. Louise provides recent examples of how companies are learning to adjust and the common mistakes that are commonly seen.

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NEW! Server Operations made easy with HP Data Center Automation Appliance

20130128_THEATER_CONCRETE_TABLET_MAN_020.jpgManaging organizational groups with competing priorities, running IT as a Service and moving to the cloud are enough to keep any IT department busy. But it’s almost impossible for IT to keep up with the demands of the business when the mounting pressure to deliver new applications faster as well as unexpected requests are added to the mix.


Server operations must be automated to help IT meet demands and improve the speed of service. The average data center can have more than 100 changes per month — this constant stream of changes can result in unintended consequences. These consequences include creating a huge increase in IT incidents and lower quality of services. Keep reading to learn how server operations is now made easy with the new HP Data Center Automation Appliance.


Written by Andy Mackay, HPSW Product Marketing

Get your team registered for the Great Indian HP Code Off @ GIDS

GIDCS.jpgHP and Intel are pleased to announce the Great Indian HP Code Off @ GIDS from April 21 – 24 as part of the Great Indian Developer Summit.

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How to create a roadmap for automating and orchestrating your datacenter

Journey to value orchestrated datacenter.pngEmbracing a new style of IT requires fundamental changes that are built on IT process automation and orchestration. But where do you start? What should you automate first?


This blog post introduces you to a comprehensive and agile model that ensures the steps you take will deliver immediate benefits. We call this model “Journey to Value” and it begins by building a roadmap that guides you through small increments of change toward an orchestrated datacenter.


Learn what goes into building this kind of roadmap and how having it can help you develop a successful long-term plan.

No debate: Procrastinating on protecting your data will harm your brand, business, and customers

running.jpgBusinesses are no longer debating the fact that to operate effectively access to digital information and business systems is critical. Learn more from Alex Froyo, Director Continuity Services, HP.

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HP Helion Strategy to Deliver Hybrid IT Continues Strong


In May 2014, HP unveiled the vision and strategy behind our new global cloud portfolio, HP Helion. At that time we outlined a strategy committed to open source technology and hybrid delivery – spanning traditional IT, public, private and managed clouds – and introduced a portfolio of cloud offerings that enable organizations to build, manage, and consume cloud services helping deliver greater agility, lowers costs and managing risk while leveraging the advantages of cloud computing.


Keep reading to get a complete vision of the Helion line today and where we see it in the future.


Guest Post by Bill Hilf, SVP Helion Product Management

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Putting the Ops back in DevOps

devopsmagnifyingglass-150x150.jpgDevOps is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics in IT. It is an agile development and application release management methodology that is gaining momentum both for traditional application development as well as for the development of cloud services.


Today I take a closer look at the “Ops” aspect of DevOps? Keep reading to find out how to facilitate the Ops side of DevOps.


Written by Stéphane H. Maes, PhD, CTO and Chief Architect of HP Software Cloud Product Unit

Week in Review: U.S. Army expands use of cloud computing, HP partners to help public sector

Cloud_LV-e4286445-a77e-47d2-a3ce-7680d24b7bd8-1057011431_p.jpgLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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Visit Las Vegas for Fantastic Cloud Content at HP Discover in June

discover.jpgJoin the HP Helion team June 2 - 4 in Las Vegas for our HP Discover 2015 event. Visit wiht our developers, product managers, executives, partners and customers to learn more about how you can leverage our cloud technology in your company.


Keep reading to find out why you won't want to miss this exciting event!

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Podcast: Big Data Servers for the Cloud

JosephGeorge.jpgIn this podcast, I discuss server solutions from HP built specifically for big data cloud solutions with Joseph George, Director of Big Data Servers and Soutions, HP.

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OpenStack Swift is for files. OpenStack Cinder is for disks.

187219101b.jpgRick Evans, Sr Evangelism Technologist, HP Helion provides a detailed comparison between OpenStack® Swift and OpenStack Cinder; the two main storage technologies in the project.


Keep reading to find out how these two differ.

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Join us for the EMEA HP Software Automation and Cloud Management Customer Forum 2015

Prague_image1.gifJoin us for the 2015 Automation and Cloud Management (ACM) Customer Forum on June 10 -11 in Prague. The ACM Customer Forum will provide an opportunity for our customers to come together to share successes and discuss challenges with other ACM customers, as well as HP executives and product experts. Read on to find out how HP Customers and HP Partners can attend for free!



Written by Andy Mackay, HPSW Product Marketing

Week in Review: HP Helion among top cloud providers for government

crowdchat.jpgLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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8 Simple Metrics to Track Your Cloud Success

How do you set up a scorecard to track the progress of your cloud transformation?  In this article, 8 simple metrics should be used to track the essential elements of your cloud journey, from service planning and design, to operational excellence, to service value demonstration and skills and knowledge.

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OpenStack® Glance: The Treachery of Images (Apologies to Rene Magriette)

snapshot.jpgRick Evans, Sr Evangelism Technologist, HP Helion continues his thoughts on OpenStack Glance looking at the difference between a snapshot and an image.


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Your guide to cloud content at 5th Annual HP Software Gov’t Summit

GovSummitBanner2015.jpgAre you looking for a deeper understanding of the impact of Cloud in the government sector?

Meet with industry Cloud leaders including Bobby Patrick, CMO, HP Helion at the 5th Annual HP Software Government Summit on April 7 to increase your understanding of how Cloud can help government agencies.

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HP Helion Rack - learn more at our online discussion April 8

HCLDEVF13376_CrowdChatR2_BlogSupport.jpgThe HP Helion team is hosting an online discussion focused on HP Helion Rack on April 8th at noon PST for customers and cloud technologists to better undrestand the product, its technology and capabilities to meet enterprise IT needs.


Continue reading to find out how you can join us.

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HP Helion in Europe hosts Cloud28+

P1140212.JPGLast week, the EMEA team hosted over 120 cloud technologists in Frankfurt for a collaborative meeting about the Cloud28+ initiative.  From Carla Arend, IDC "HP Cloud+ intiative aims to drive value+ job creation based on cloud success in Europe, provide European SW developers an alternative."

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Making Sense of Private Cloud Deployment Options

Patrick Verhoeven.PNGThe concepts of public, private and hybrid cloud are well understood by now. But the picture is a little murkier when examining the large number of private cloud deployment options that exist for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).


Keep reading to get a clearer view of twelve IaaS private cloud deployment options


Guest post by Patrick Verhoeven, Director Strategic Cloud Programs

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Week in Review: HP announces HP Helion Rack for Private Cloud

P1140276.JPGLatest news from HP Helion for the past week and next week's meetups and events related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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Are you delivering IaaS responsibly?

preview1.pngWatch Three Best Practices to Maximize your IaaS, the latest video in our Getting Cloud Right series.

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Service providers deliver what CFOs really want: predictability and flexibility

Article 6_HPB22695_NancyL_Blog_Posts_Predictability_1.jpgWhat do service provider customers’ CFOs really want? Some might say flexibility; others might prefer predictability. Either way, more and more service providers are realizing that cloud services provide greater financial flexibility and the ability to accurately predict spending.


Keep reading to find out how CFOs can utilize cloud services to benefit their businesses.


Guest post by Derek B. Howard, WW Service Provider Marketing Manager

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Podcast: Software Defined Storage at Petabyte Scale from Scality

scality.jpgLeo Leung, VP Corporate Marketing, Scality and I discuss the cloud object storage market and how Scality solutions deliver Petabyte scale storage solutions for enterprise customers.

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A HP Helion Norwegian Experience

DSC_3666.jpgStephan Bureau, Cloud Channel Manager EMEA, HP Helion and Antonio Brignoli, EMEA Alliance Sales, HP Helion planned a trip to Norway in early March to enjoy the experience of Northern Lights. This trip led to some amazing shots of the Northern Lights but also a run in with the Norwegian Sport Academy practicing surfing.

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OpenStack® Glance Stores Images like a Phonebook Stores People

openstacktall.jpgWhat do you know about OpenStack project glance? Rick Evans, Sr Evangelism Technologist, HP Helion, provides insight into this critical part of the OpenStack solution.

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Announcing HP Helion Rack: fully-integrated private cloud solution based on open standards

HelionRack_introvideo.PNGKen Won, Solution Marketing, HP Helion announces the newly available HP Helion Rack solution; the industry's first pre-tested, pre-tuned, and pre-configured private cloud solution based on OpenStack technology.

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Podcast: Taking Advantage of your HP Helion Cloud for R&D

image.jpgThis podcast is the final recorded session from HP Discover Barcelona 2014. It is a recording of a discussion with Société Générale and Alcatel-Lucent about their use of HP Helion in their R&D divisions.

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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 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.
  • 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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