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Will the ‘real’ IT security researcher please stand up?

In contrast to 10 years ago, security news and flaw reports are becoming common in the mainstream media. It would not be long before we see a permanent section in technology news reporting security flaws from so-called security researchers.  But are these ‘real research’ and is this information helping the situation in the long run? Is there something fundamentally wrong or missing, and what are the available options?

START small, grow tall in the cloud: Toronto cloud roadshow summary

If you have been following me on Twitter, you will have noticed that I did make it through the airport transfers, arriving safely in Toronto on Monday evening. Although the weather was cold and overcast, it did not dampen my spirits for being up in Canada to attend the HP Cloud Computing Roadshow.


I started this morning at 7.00 am, making last minute changes and meeting the other bloggers on what we wanted to cover throughout the day. The event was full of cool activities - the first one being how impressive the exhibit floor looked. It gave the appearance of a mini HP Discover show – which provides customers with a very comprehensive view of what HP is offering in the cloud all under one roof.

Cloud is of "No Relevance" say IT managers. Why?

I scan the internet quite often to look at what is being said about Cloud. The other day, I ran into a thought-provoking article titled “Cloud has ‘no relevance’ say three-quarters of IT managers.” A report published by risk consultancy Protiviti, who interviewed 100 UK IT managers, state that 74 percent thought that cloud computing had no relevance to their business.

Got cloud innovation in your business? If so we would like to hear about it

HP Discover 2012 call for papers is now open. The Discover show is our most popular annual event and HP is gearing up again for Las Vegas June 4-7 2012.  Of those of you that attended last year, you would have seen that HP brings together the power of people, technology and ideas to solve your toughest enterprise IT challenges. Cloud was a big theme at the event last year and will continue to be so this year – and with your help, sharing your insight, we can help others on their journey to the cloud.


HP Discover provides a tremendous opportunity to explore the latest technologies, to network with HP's Cloud Advisors and your industry peers, and to share ideas and best practices.  By providing insights of your own cloud experiences, you too could play a part this year making this a truly unique and informative conference.


The HP Discover 2012 call for papers is now open. We look forward to hearing how you are using cloud technology to drive innovation and success in your organizations. Submit your case study, technology or best practices as a breakout session.  If you are selected to be a presenter, the rewards for doing so are many including: 

  • Gain industry recognition for your team’s innovative use of technology
  • Share your expertise with a wide audience of IT professionals
  • Increase your relationships with HP experts, our partners and customers
  • Get one free full pass to the conference

The deadline for submittals is 20 February, 2012 so don’t delay!

Click here to submit



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Cool videos from the Master the Cloud roadshow in Montreal, Canada

As you can probably tell I am kicking myself for having been delayed catching my connection and ultimately missing my flight up to Montreal to participate in the cloud roadshow. Oh well, I get another chance this Tuesday when the third venue pulls into Toronto, Canada.


If you are interested in watching cloud videos, here is a collection of 3 that were filmed at the event (2 more to follow). Two were filmed with HP’s Cloud Advisors that were filmed with our cloud advisors that were present at the event, and the other with Raffal Los, chief security evangelist with HP software.

Demystifying the cloud at the Canadian roadshow in Montreal

Best laid plans do not always pan out, which described what happened to me yesterday. After sitting at the airport in Houston for most of the afternoon, my flight connection to take me to the HP Master the Cloud roadshow in Montreal was delayed to where I could not travel. I was a little disappointed, but it has given me the opportunity to try and follow one of these events online. Hopefully you have been able to follow a lot of the tweets that have been coming out from the event #HPCloudCA and have been finding them as useful as I have.


Even though I did not hear the presentation in person, I am familiar enough with the material to provide a summary of the keynote that Lu Kabir Vice President, Global Cloud Computing, HP delivered this morning about Demystifying the cloud.

Caution: One Cloud may hide another. Don't be distracted by IaaS, SaaS is where it's at.

I read this article written by Richard Arthur yesterday and thought it would be worth promoting on the forum. It's a good read.


The cloud opportunity that service providers have today goes far beyond Infrastructure as a Service that (IaaS) offers that have already been launched globally. Gartner estimates that business process services represent $71.1 billion vs only $31 billion for IaaS. According to “” SaaS is 73% of the cloud market – including players such as Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Adobe Web connect and, presumably large enterprise players such as salesforce. Read the entire article...



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New HP Software Cloud presentations

We have created a new HP Software Cloud presentation. I"ve posted two versions. The first has a voiceover (only about 10 minutes). The second is a PDF created from showing the slides and the notes I created for each slide.

The Cloud service lifecycle race

If you use a "platform as a service", how can you ensure that your application lifecycles synchronize with those of your PaaS provider?

Tags: cloud| PaaS

Master the Cloud Roadshow – coming up next week in Canada

Almost everywhere you turn these days, someone is talking about cloud computing and with good reason. The cloud represents a powerful new paradigm in computing—one that enables highly scalable applications and services to be accessed on an as‐needed basis.

Cloud Computing gets its first technical standard – SOCCI from The Open Group

Written by: E.G.Nadhan, Distinguished Technologist, HP

Cloud computing standards, like other standards go through a series of evolutionary phases similar to the ones I outlined in the Top 5 phases of IaaS standards evolution. IaaS standards in particular take longer than their SaaS and PaaS counterparts because a balance is required between the service-orientation of the core infrastructure components in cloud computing.

Labels: cloud computing

Virtualization & Cloud? One and the same?

How often did I hear, just virtualize the environment and you have a private cloud. My answer, an absolute NO. Virtualization is one step on the way to cloud, but a virtualized environment is definitely not a cloud, not even a private one. Some people make you believe that, but make sure you understand why it's not the case, and what you actually mis by limiting yourself to virtualization if that is what you are planning to do.

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Paul McCartney Transforms Fan Experience with Cloud-based Digital Library and Innovative Website

Paul McCartney is not only a living legend in the world of entertainment, but he is also recognized as an innovator and creative genius. Today, he is using HP technology to create a dramatic transformation of his website—where his fans can get immediate gratification from anywhere, anytime, and on any device. On his newly designed website, Paul McCartney fans will now be able to explore a wide range of McCartney content—everything from music, lyrics, and photos to concert videos, reviews, themed collections, merchandise, blogs and more. The key element that makes this all possible is the digital library built on HP’s cloud-based technology. The same HP solutions and services that form the backbone of the digital library are at the core of Paul’s new website—making it a one of a kind fan experience.


Learn more about Paul’s new website and how HP is helping Paul McCartney and his media company with the HP Cloud Solutions

At HP SaaS, your Tier 2 application is our Tier 1

After making a great decision to invest in HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software, you  (VP of Apps) are  already a star in your company! The cutting edge capabilities of HP ALM covers requirements to defects, from functional to performance testing. But ever wonder how ALM software will be hosted by your IT department? Will it be considered a Tier 1 application and have SLAs set accordingly? Think again!

What to look for in a cloud monitoring solution

Cloud visibility.JPGWhat’s in your cloud?  Unfortunately, visibility is not one of the touted benefits of cloud computing. Before you hand off applications to a cloud provider, you need to make sure you have the monitoring capabilities to track performance and predict and diagnose problems in the cloud. Find out what to look for in a cloud monitoring solution.

Predictions for 2012

First of all, happy New Year to you and your family as this is my first blog entry of the year on this blog. It’s the time of the year when we look back at the previous year and make predictions. On the CloudSource blog I reviewed predictions from many sources and came up with 5 cloud related themes for 2012. Here I want to be a little more daring and give you my 10 personal predictions for the year.

6 “Must Do” New Year Resolutions for CIOs

How are the most popular resolutions for individuals (lose weight, stop smoking, etc) also the best resolutions for CIOs and their IT teams?

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