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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….

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Cloud in the Enterprise–Data Sovereignty

Australia.pngData and where it is actually located is a hot topic with the enterprise CIO/CTO’s that I speak with. They want to know why they should entrust their operations to our Virtual Private Cloud offerings. This is one area where HP provides value to local businesses—our Enterprise Cloud Services are all hosted onshore. This is at least true in most of the countries where we operate, and certainly the model in Australia and New Zealand.


On the flip side, given that the compute service runs in the cloud, i.e. on the Internet, why do we care where the data resides? Surely it’s almost by definition that it doesn’t really matter?

Accelerating Agile adoption with Software as a Service: Now accepting beta testers

For all the benefits of Agile methodology – lower risk, higher quality, more visibility and faster ROI among them – there can be challenges associated with transitioning development teams to an Agile methodology. With SaaS, a major obstacle to full Agile adoption is overcome more easily.

Cut the response time for new apps from months to minutes: HP Cloud Maps

Written by: Deepak Belani – Product Manager, HP Cloud Maps


Building application services that will be provisioned in the cloud has traditionally involved many steps. It’s a process that is long, convoluted, cumbersome, complex, error-prone, and typically non-repeatable. It requires multiple IT planning meetings, coordination across teams, design reviews and architecture that can often take several weeks to complete.

Cloud in the Enterprise –Entrusting your Crown Jewels for Safekeeping

vault-istock_000008366284small1.jpgPrivacy. This is more than ensuring the confidentiality of corporate information (a big enough concern in its own right). This is about the legal and business risk ramifications of entrusting Privately Identifiable Information (PII) to a third-party supplier.


This is like putting your money in a bank, rather than buying and protecting your own vault. It is about trust.


Many, if not most, enterprises have strict privacy policies, with procedures in place to ensure that PII is dealt with securely.

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The whole enchilada - How to Take Advantage of the Cloud

This is the third post summarizing the major lessons of the new eBook, “How to Take Advantage of the Cloud: Your Guide to Achieving Value and Performance,” by HP and Latisys (one of HP’s first bursting partners). Previously, we addressed “Cloud basics” using the phrase “how to harness the cloud as part of your IT strategy and “Cloud essentials” using the phrase “disaster recovery, storage, security, and compliance. In this post we’ll examine challenges to making the cloud work and challenges that should not be taken lightly.

Service Providers as Cloud Services Brokers: IT's role in the transition.

By Alain Decartes

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To implement their Cloud Services Broker (CSB) strategy, Service Providers need to consider key capabilities that    facilitate the roles and objectives of major individuals in the organization to become cloud ready. Within their organization, IT functions such as VP Product Development, VP Operations, and CISO and CIO are key in developing the cloud services offering that the VP Marketing and Sales would like to push to their business customer.  This article relates an imaginary debate between representatives of each department around one question: Who owns the cloud services in your organization?

At last, the proper IT tool for all sizes and all occasions: HP CloudSystem Auto Flexing Capability

Written by Gary Stevens – HP Global Business Development Manager


Have you ever planned a dinner party and found, usually at the last minute, that the pan you intend to use for the main course... (you know the course! it's the one you have been making for smaller groups of friends for the past month) but the pan just isn’t big enough. You do a quick check of your memory banks and are convinced that you had the “do I need a bigger pan conversation” with yourself.

Why I treat cloud security like a teenager

Cloud Security is one of the biggest concern when it comes to cloud adoption. In this article we discuss the fundamentals of cloud security and how we can successfuly address the security needs in a comprehensive fashion.

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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.
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  • 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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