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….

Meeting Needs of IT and Business in the Enterprise with Hybrid Cloud

IMG_20131007_140940_661.jpgThe challenges faced by IT departments to meet the needs of their business stakeholders are nicely organized in a new blog from The VAR Guy. This post highlights the theme of that post and how HP's belief in the road to hybrid starting with private cloud ensures that our customers are meeting both IT and business needs.

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Accelerating Digital Innovation: How to Quickly Get Started with Mendix for HP Helion

mendix.pngIn this second post with Mendix, a step by step set of instructions is presented to install a demonstration application on HP Helion in the Mendix Business Modeler. 

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With HP Helion OpenStack, the sky’s the limit

Okinawa cross head.pngOkinawa Cross Head (OHC) looked to enhance their popular nas2cloud service with greater flexibility, scalability, and cost efficient data storage using OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT). However, the OCH technical team found the native OpenStack Community version lacked needed capabilities, and they were faced with having to scramble for another solution.


Keep reading to learn about their solution to this problem.

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Designing a management-friendly private cloud

Triple0_2.jpgDeborah Martin, Solutions Marketing, HP Helion provides four key points to consider when deploying a management-friendly private cloud. 

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Upgrading to HP Operations Orchestration 10? Here are Sentry Insurance’s tips for success

Dan Hyman.jpgLike any important IT infrastructure, upgrading a critical automation platform like HP Operations Orchestration requires planning and careful execution — especially if you choose to do it in-house. In this special guest post, an IT automation expert at Sentry Insurance explains how they made the move to HP Operations Orchestration v10 a success, including tips for other organizations to consider.

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

Improve Server Automation and Patch Management with HP DCAA!

update2.jpgPatch management is one of the largest concerns for IT Operations. With new vulnerabilities and exploits being discovered almost daily, keeping systems up-to-date with patches is often a full-time job and it can be a drain on resources. Keep reading to find out System Administrators can automate the entire patching process with HP Data Center Automation Appliance.


With written contribution by Andy Mackay, HP Software Cloud and Automation Management

Open source creates cloud flexibility for Beijing UnionRead

UnionRead.jpgBeijing UnionRead was looking to provide open source hybrid cloud services to encourage industry-specific innovation and help customers accelerate product development. The solution they were looking for must be quick to deploy and have good cost controls.


Keep reading to find out how UnionRead met their requirements with the HP Helion Hybrid Cloud solutions.

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Week in Review: HP Helion expands in Asia Pacific and Japan

CKmqjYVUYAAqtc2.jpgWeekly update of cloud and HP Helion activities. 


Image: UK CloudBuilders community meeting with #HelionFlag on display

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OpenStack Summit Tokyo Voting is Open

openstack-sv-white.pngAs is standard in the OpenStack® community, all sessions for the OpenStack Summit are voted on by the community to create the event agenda. To assist the community in reviewing the many sessions submitted for consideration from HP, I have created a single document listing the sessions.

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The Importance of Being Native

VedantaBArooh.jpgVadanta Barooah, Master Enterprise Cloud Architect, HP Helion highlights the importance of developing cloud native appliactions for enterprise customers.

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See how HP Helion delivers on the promise of hybrid cloud

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 3 41 04 PM (2).pngLearn how Intralinks delivers value for thier Fortune 100 clients using HP Helion and its hybrid cloud solutions. Bobby Patrick, HP Helion CMO speaks with Aditya Joshi, EVP of products for Intralinks. 

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Uplevel your IT service delivery: NEW HP Database and Middleware Automation Express Edition

Database automation.PNGThe latest release of HP Database and Middleware Automation (HP DMA) makes it easier than ever to efficiently fulfill service requests for database and middleware provisioning.


Read on to learn how new flows will bring the benefits of IT Process Automation to database and middleware provisioning and code release.

Free eBook Download: OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

eBookImage.PNGThe second edition of OpenStack Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier is now available on HP Press today. This book explains how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today.

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Migrating from Windows Server 2003 with HP Data Center Automation Appliance

MSFT.jpgExtended support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015. Standard support was terminated in 2010. According to an IDC report, many companies’ still use servers running Windows Server 2003 and when extended support ends, bug fixes stop and security vulnerabilities are no longer addressed. Servers running Windows Server 2003 become a security risk post-July 14, 2015. Read on further to learn more on managing this challenge.



With written contribution by Andy Mackay, HP Software Cloud and Automation Management

HP Education partners with EXIN to introduce the first vendor-neutral OpenStack certification

OpenStack Classes.pngEarlier this year, the HP Education team partnered with EXIN to introduce the EXIN Certification in OpenStack ®Software. The Foundation-level exam is the first and only, vendor-neutral certification for OpenStack to be offered by an independent examination institute.


Keep reading to learn more about this training opportunity.


Guest post by Kelly Baig, TS Education Services

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HP and Open Source on Display Next Week at OSCON

images.pngHP is pleased to be a Diamond Sponsor at next week's OSCON event in Portland, OR. Be sure to stop by our booth or attend our keynote, OpenStack Ironic talk. We will also offer all-day training on HP Helion OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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DevOps and Service Brokering: Are you prepared to make the most from these concepts?

DevOps circle.PNGYou have heard of the hottest trends in IT: Cloud, DevOps and service brokering. I am here today to remind you to look before you leap. I want to make sure you have done your homework and that your systems are set up appropriately to maximize the potential of these concepts.


Guest post by Bert van Rij, IT Strategist


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Podcast: Intralinks Talks Cloud Implementation with HP Helion

Intralinks1.jpgIn this podcast, we discuss the cloud implementation of HP Helion at Intralinks and how it is impacting their business. Intralinks provides customers with trusted collaboration platforms to manage M&A deals as well as secure document sharing tools for the desktop and mobile.  

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Server operations made easy - with HP Data Center Automation Appliance

T-data-ctr-security-svcs__226x160--C-tcm245-1098329-CT-tcm245-1237012-32.jpgIf your IT department is struggling to keep pace with the demands of the business? Is the weight of day-to-day operations weighing you down? To manage server operations more efficiently, leverage existing headcount and improve knowledge retention, IT departments can now rely on HP’s Data Center Automation Appliance (HP DCAA) to improve their server automation process. 


Keep reading to find out how your organization can utilize HP DCAA to improve your automation.


With written contribution by Andy Mackay, HP Software Cloud and Automation Management 

Don’t miss OpenStack Trove Day 2015 Next Month

diverlogo-197x300.pngNext month, Tesora is hosting Trove Day 2015, a full day of content and discussion centered on the OpenStack DBaaS solution, Trove. I have recorded a podcast with Amrith Kumar, Founder and CTO, Tesora to provide more information who should attend this event and why.

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How to automate cloud security compliance so even novice users provision assets securely

Cloud Raxak.pngEnterprises want to take advantage of the flexibility and cost advantages of running applications in the public cloud. The challenge for the CISO is achieving consistent application security compliance across both private and public clouds. Given that security compliance is up to 40 percent of the cost of managing virtual applications in the cloud, automating these processes is critical.


In this special guest post, Cloud Raxak CEO and founder Prasanna Mulgaonkar describes his company’s partnership with HP for a SaaS-based approach that automates the security compliance process for managing virtual applications in the public cloud. Part of an ongoing series of guest posts by HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.


The Cloud Stack: How Abstraction and Automation can Accelerate Digital Innovation

mendix.pngLearn more about the HP Helion Ready partner, Mendix from Johan den Haan, CTO, Mendix in preperation for a July 9 webinar, "Rapid Application Development with Medndix for HP Helion."

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Creating a car brand – out of the cloud

Luxgen image.jpgGetting a new, mass market car brand up and running is not easy. The problem for new entrants is not the design and branding of a prototype. The difficulties lie in the ongoing sales, distribution, manufacture and support. In China, the world’s fastest growing new car market, Luxgen is making great strides in breaking into the mainstream.


Find out how The automation and orchestration capabilities of HP Helion CloudSystem help streamline and speed the provisioning of IT operations for this automotive company.

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Cloud Operating Model Transformation

Application_transformation_RGB_blue_NT_copy_tcm245_1923234_tcm245_1923235_tcm245-1923234.pngWiemer Kuik, IT Transformation Strategist, HP Helion discusses the cloud-centric IT operating model of the modern enterprise.

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Private Cloud adoption forecasted to grow to 85 percent. Recent report takes closer look

tbr-logo.pngKen Won, Director, Solutions Marketing, HP Helion highlights new information from a Technology Business Research report showing the rapid growth of the private cloud market. "Private cloud adoption is the intersecting point between hybrid outcome-based adoption and public technology-focused adoption, and enterprises are beginning to more often favor self-built cloud offerings to provide higher IT control and more centralized purchasing."


Keep reading to learn more about Ken's thoughts on the report.

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CIS Group helps African enterprises deploy forward-looking, affordable cloud solutions via HP Helion

CIS logo.jpgProviding IT infrastructures for information and communications technology businesses as well as maintenance and related services in Africa, as CIS Group has done for more than thirty years, is a challenge unlike any in the world.


Keep reading to find out how HP Helion helped CIS Group provide cloud services to an economically challenged populace while also providing the industry with numerous job opportunities.

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Podcast: You (are) the change agent for driving cloud adoption in your business

HP_Discover2015_10813.jpgAt the recent HP Discover event, we recorded several Discussion Forum sessions to release as podcasts. These sessions are small group talks where there are no slides allowing for the audience to engage directly with the speaker. This talk focuses on planning a cloud proof of concept to begin your cloud journey.

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Check out what's new with HP Cloud Service Automation!

new.jpgHP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) enables you to adapt to the new style of IT with enterprise class cloud services lifecycle management that gives you choice, consistency, and confidence.


Keep reading to learn more about the latest advancements we made to this release.



With written contribution by Andy Mackay, HP Software

Report: What IT managers need to know about private cloud

download.pngForrester recently released a new report, "Top 10 Facts Every Tech Management Leader Should Know About Private Cloud" which is now available on the HP Helion site for you to download. This report outlines the top ten facts every tech management pro should know about private clouds to avoid over-investment, missed deadlines, and strategies that limit better engagement with your internal customers.

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Culture shift: How Sprint manages people, process and technology to automate server provisioning

OO Provisioning.pngAlways striving to innovate, Sprint started to work in 2014 on system provisioning as a means to remove hands from the delivery chain. As Program Manager Chris Saunderson explains, they’ve learned that removing human intervention not only makes things faster, but it also introduces a cultural shift that must be carefully managed.


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

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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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