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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….

HP Cloud Service Automation - Cloud service designs made simple

CSA3.pngCloud services not only simplify how users procure services, but they can transform how you create and deploy the services in the first place! Here is a look at a few of the simple best practices you can use to design advanced infrastructure, complex platform and application service offerings using HP Cloud Service Automation.

 

So you want to be an IT superstar? Get there in 4 simple steps!

keep lights on.jpgMany smart, hard working professionals in IT Operations don’t feel like they’re doing anything special — and often, they’re not. When an organization spends 70 percent of its resources on just keeping the lights on, you’re not able to develop new ideas, seize opportunities and adopt new technologies quickly. Here’s how you can break out of the mould and become a true star.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can get there in four easy steps!

Stories from the field: How one bank deepens customer engagement with cloud computing

A big part of my job that I really enjoy is going out and meeting with customers, and listening to how they’re using cloud computing to realize business goals. Increasingly, I’m meeting with not only members of the IT team but with business leaders—CEOs and lines of business heads. And they’re telling me how technology is playing a central role in their business plans. I recently met a CEO of a European financial institution that is planning to use cloud computing to spark revenue growth. I found the bank’s story inspiring and I’d love to share it with you here.

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Lifesaving Technology: How GS1 Canada and HP Built a Better Recall System

gs1.jpgGS1 Canada chose HP Helion and the HP Helion professional services team to build a cloud-based Product Recall Service supporting more than 20,000 businesses to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness in product recall activations. Learn more about this joint cloud solution for GS1 Canada. 

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9 questions: How Capgemini evaluated its requirements for an IT process automation solution

capgemini.pngA global MSP needs IT process automation to drive predictable quality and competitive costs, but its business and operations requirements must span various policies processes and tools already in place. Here are the questions global MSP Capgemini used to determine what would help accelerate its transformative journey.

Are you an open source professional?

eileenevaqns.pngAre you part of the emerging class of “open source professionals”? If you frequently collaborate with others outside of your department on open source topics, have a passion for open source, appreciate outside the box thinking, and have a non-linear career path that has a common thread of open source-related work, then you may well be one of the new “open source professionals,” according to Eileen Evans, VP and Deputy General Counsel for Cloud & Open Source at HP. At LinuxCon and Cloud Open North America, Evans shared her thoughts about the open source professional.

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Week in Review: Big week for HP Helion and Symantec

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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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Cloud and Disaster Recovery – not an Oxymoron!

470228503.jpgAlejandro Froyo highlights the announcement from HP and Symantec on cloud and disaster recovery.  The two companies are jointly developiong a new Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution based on HP Helion OpenStack.

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Podcast: Open Source Distributions vs Download

PodcastImage.jpgIn this podcast, I discuss the issue of purchaing an open source distribution for OpenStack vs building your own internal OpenStack product with Lon Tierney, OpenStack Professional Services, HP Helion.

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WIND Telecom Scales Blazing-fast Data Network in an OpenStack Cloud

windpic.jpgWIND Telecom delivers the digital world to customers throughout the Domincan Republic and looked toward HP for solutions to rapidly scale the capabilities and services for their customers. Learn how WIND Telecom and HP partnered with a cloud solution that meets their needs for today and tomorrow.

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Move aside Messi, Neymar, Suarez – HP Discover is in town!

original.pngBarcelona is a beautiful city full of surprises, from Gaudí architecture to the genius football of FC Barcelona. But at this time of year, we are all much too busy preparing to show you a different kind of beautiful surprises, at HP Discover 2014 at Fira Barcelona, Gran Via. Here is just a glimpse into the many sessions and solutions that you will be able to experience.

 

Written by Andy Mackay, HP Software (Cloud and Automation Management)

 

 

Automate Docker and enhance your DevOps flows with HP Operations Orchestration

weir.jpgA lot of people working in DevOps are buzzing about how Docker can let you ship services in isolated, lightweight and portable containers. Here is how you can build a simple Dockerized web app with a MySQL database and use HP Operations Orchestration to easily automate how the containers are linked.

 

Written by Meir Wahnon, HP Software (RnD)

HP Helion Week in Review (Nov 10 - 14): OpenStack Summit Highlights

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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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Bringing News Back—With an Automated Twist

InkaBinka.pngIn this HP Helion case study, learn how InkaBinka leveraged the HP Helion public cloud and Moonshot servers to geographically support their global audience of news readers.

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OpenStack Summit Paris Recap – It’s all About the Enterprise

paris-banner.jpgLast week, the HP Helion team traveled to Paris, France to take part in the OpenStack Summit. This bi-annual meeting of the open source community allows developers, architects, and technologists to collaborate on the future development of this fast growing cloud solution.

 

Keep reading to watch some of the videos we made at the event and to learn what was discussed in Paris.

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HP Helion Network 101: What it is and Why it Matters in the New Style of IT?

Steve Dietch HP.jpgSteven Dietch, VP, Go-To-Market, HP Helion highlights the impact of the newly launched HP Helion Network, a global network of service providers and technology partner providing enterprise cusotmers wtih a broad portfolio of open standards-based cloud services.

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Podcast: Mark Thiele of Switch on Data Centers and the Cloud

MarkThiele.jpgJoining this week’s podcast is Mark Thiele, EVP Data Center at Switch, the recognized world leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations. Mark is the author of SwitchScribe, a leading industry blog on data centers, cloud and the industry impact on the rapidly changing impact of cloud on data centers.

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Building an open, composable cloud application development platform

It’s an exciting time to be an application developer, even more so in the enterprise! Enterprises are moving quickly to open cloud platforms for their next generation of business and mission critical applications.

 

But we all know that not every application will fit into the paradigm of describing and deploying a micro-service. Keep reading to find out how we are delivering a cloud platform that offers a choice depending on scenarios and needs.

 

Post written by  Manav Mishra, Director, Product

HP Helion

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Improve your hybrid cloud management abilities with HP vPV

G8641097032008_JPGHighres_96dpi_800x600.pngToday’s enterprises are under constant pressure to be more responsive to business needs—all while reducing OpEx and CapEx. Thankfully, there is a solution to help you with your cloud management pressures. Keep reading to find out how you can improve your experience when you have HP Cloud Service Automation running in tandem with HP Virtualization Performance Viewer.

 

Written by Kumar Munirathnam, HP CSA Technical Ambassador

HP CSA certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack!

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HP customers who want to deploy Red Hat’s OpenStack platform at scale in a private cloud can now manage it as a fully integrated solution using HP Cloud Service Automation. Here’s what it means to you!

 

Written by Manoj Raisinghani, Senior Director (HP Software Product Marketing)

Main course for CIOs – sorting applications for the cloud

william franklin.jpgThe second course is served, welcome to the table! This is the second post in my series of four on “The Business of Cloud”.

 

Today we are discussing how to determine the right type of cloud for your IT and business environments. We are eating the main course during our imaginary dinner party—won’t you join us?

 

Guest post by William L. Franklin

Vice President, OpenStack and Technology Enablement, HP Cloud

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Podcast: App Transformation and Automation

DanielK.pngDaniel Kingshott talks Java, Rails, back-end databases, DevOps and other technical issues in crafting new applications for the cloud as well as transforming existing technology to the new cloud paradigm.

 

Keep reading to learn his insights on these topics

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It’s not about herding cats – it’s about herding clouds

herding cats.PNGCIOs and IT managers need a unified cloud environment that lets them transparently govern how their business stakeholders take advantage of disparate private and public cloud services and existing on-premise services as well.

 

Herding your clouds is not just about deploying the cloud software but also about managing the lifecycle of the your workloads that run in the as private cloud, managed private cloud, managed virtual private cloud, public cloud and traditional IT, from change management before the provision to enterprise monitoring after the deployment.

 

Guest post by Alain Decartes, Strategic Software Initiatives Lead, Cloud and Service Providers, HP Software Marketing

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Software licensing in the Cloud, HP is here to help

Enterprise customers face complex challenges in moving existing applications to the cloud including technology and licensing. HP has developed a global team dedicated to assistng customers with the licensing challenges in cloud migration.  

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The VMware OpenStack Cloud Conundrum

nati2.jpgNati Shalom, CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces provides insight into the options available to customers with existing VMware technology considering OpenStack.

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The new buzz word is 'cloud'. Everybody is talking about the cloud!

Community_walking_blogs_cloud_120x226_tcm245_1643338_tcm245_1643323_tcm245-1643338.jpgHow HP Operations Orchestration (OO) helped us automate the process of provision a new VM, and installation of products builds, and how is this related to DevOps and cloud? Intrigued - read on to learn more!

 

Written by Omer Shem Tov, HPSW Automation Center of Excellence

 

Announcing Introduction to Openstack Web Based Training from HP Helion

openstacktraiing.jpgIntroducing HP Helion OpenStack® Web Based Training from HP Helion Education Services. This Introduction to OpenStack course assists administrators, developers, architects, and cloud techologists in learning the foundational components in OpenStack technology.

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Cool Use Cases of Cloud Computing that Make Our Lives Better

A lot of stories has been told about how cloud computing affect businesses. My family asked me the other day how cloud computing affects them. After a few easy examples of how they are already using the cloud (iCloud, Netflix, Spotify, etc.) I decided to share with them a few cool examples of how cloud computing makes our lives better.

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HP Helion Week in Review (Oct 25 - 31): HP Helion OpenStack is Out

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Xen.org 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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