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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….

Displaying articles for: November 2013

Cloud leadership that makes a difference

Written by guest blogger Ken Spear


Forrester Research, a prominent industry analyst firm, has recognized HP as the sole leader in their Forrester Wave™ Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013. The HP CloudSystem was compared with private cloud solutions offered by nine other vendors. Forrester conducted a very thorough analysis that included 61 criteria for the evaluation. It rated HP CloudSystem among the highest in 8 of 15 categories. After a thorough review, this independent authority declared that “HP leads the pack” for private cloud solutions.

Let your light shine: Margaret Dawson speaks at Xchange: Women of the Channel 2013



"When girls are little they are told to dream big and that they can be anything they want to be. Then something happens on the way to adulthood, and women tend to shy away from their own possibilities," Margaret Dawson. 


On Dec 3, Margaret Dawson, VP Product Marketing and Evangelism, HP Cloud speaks at Women of the Channel Workshop in NYC.

Stop by and visit with HP Cloud Partners at HP Discover

HP Cloud is pleased to have an array of partners attending the event in Barcelona offering our customers a complete cloud solution. Keep reading for more details on our partners and special sessions.

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Virtual appliance trial offers unique and fast value!

download.jpgInterested in having an easy to use, self contained virtual appliance, that you can have up and running in less than 3 hours? Where automated provisioning and patching will help you in time savings and minimize risks.  If so, then you will be interested to learn of this 30 day HP Server Automation Standard trial, that you can download today. With 4 simple steps to get started, automate configuration change across physical and virtual servers, decrease downtime and risk associated with manual configuration errors, and experience remediation in minutes with the most up-to-date compliance requirements information.


Learn how you can do so today, and enjoy the use of this 30 day trial.


With written contribution by Mike Zuber (AMD Cloud Lead)

Beware of vendor lock-in!

vendor lock0in.jpgThroughout its history, the IT industry has with each successive generation of technology grappled with some form of vendor lock-in. 


Procurement decisions made at one point in time can limit future options, taking organizations down a path where they have little choice but to continue working with a particular vendor, or face exceptionally high costs to make a change. 



Will the cloud be any different? Read on to learn how you can avoid getting caught in a vendor lock-in situation. 


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


Editor's Note : This is the last in a series of thought leadership blog posts on the seven things you need to know about becoming a successful cloud services broker.

Are you investing in technology that offers optimal handling and acceleration for your business?

158996739n.jpgHP Cloud Management drives down cost for enterprises through automation and a platform that increases greater flexibility, simplifies operations, and comprehensive end-end cloud solutions.  You can learn more about how to optimize this management system by speaking to the experts in person.

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The Database Management Revolution – let history repeat itself!

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If you’re a DBA, you know how hard it’s becoming to actually meet those standards. The complexity and scale of increasingly heterogeneous and multi-vendor database environments presents very real challenges to how effectively DBAs can meet expectations.



By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager – HP Automation and Cloud Management

HP Tech Talk: Open Source, OpenStack and HP Cloud



HP regularly participates with SDR News to create a series of technology-oriented videos related to various technical areas including cloud computing; HP Tech Talk. This week, I recorded a new session with Mark Atwood, Director of Open Source at HP Cloud.

Managing the bottom line for cloud services

G8658097032008_JPGHighres_96dpi_800x600.png There’s no way around it: IT is part of a business and that means IT projects must either save money or help make money. This is no less true for organizations that transition into cloud service brokers. Here are some important considerations for taking fiscal responsibility for this operating model. Read on to learn more!


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


Editor's Note : This is the sixth in a series of thought leadership blog posts on the seven things you need to know about becoming a successful cloud services broker.


OpenStack HP 3PAR StoreServ Block Storage Drivers Configuration Best Practices

Many large organizations and service providers have a need for enterprise-class storage for OpenStack, HP has developed the HP 3PAR StoreServ Block Storage Drivers which supports the OpenStack technology across both iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols. 

Propel IT forward with server automation


There are only 24 hours in a day, and your staff is always looking for ways to make the most of this time. One of the best ways for them to increase their efficiency is to automate repetitive tasks.


Automating these tasks allows your staff to focus on your primary business and propel your business to the next level. Keep reading to find out how your organization can benefit.


 With written contribution by Kim Lock

Podcast: Bruno Cornec on HP Cloud and Open Source in Europe

On today’s podcast Bruno Cornec, Linux Master Technology Architect at Hewlett Packard and Open Source Evangelist discusses HP’s activity in open source and cloud computing in Europe.

HP CloudSystem, HP’s flagship for building cloud!! Check us out at HP Discover in Barcelona

At HP Discover Barcelona you will be to see the latest on CloudSystem technologies both within the product showcase and in the business and technical breakout sessions. Remember to bring you questions, as there are not too many opportunities within the year to have immediate access to all this intellectual HP Cloud knowledge under one roof. 

How to manage security as a cloud services broker

cloud-security1.jpgNot surprisingly, CIOs consistently cite security as a top concern in regards to adopting cloud strategies, and there are legitimate challenges that must be addressed. As we progress through the seven topics that IT leaders need to consider when transforming into a cloud services broker operating model, lets address one of the most important topics facing IT professionals in the cloud: SECURITY.



With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


Editor's Note : This is the fifth in a series of thought leadership blog posts on the seven things you need to know about becoming a successful cloud services broker.


HP receives new CSA STAR Certification in the UK by BSI—it’s a first!


It was very important to us that we earn our Cloud Security Alliance STAR (Security, Trust and Registration) Certification.Keep reading to find out how we are the first large Cloud Service Provider to achieve this honor and how it will benefit our customers.


Must see Automation and Cloud Management sessions at HP Discover!



Do you have your HP Discover Barcelona schedule filled out yet? If you are looking for some “can’t miss” suggestions keep reading. I know that you are looking to fill your week with exciting and educational sessions!




Keep reading to find out how you can learn more about HP's Automation, Orchestration and Transform software solutions.  This is also your opportunity to meet one-on-one with our experts and get any questions answered.


With written contribution by Andy Mackay (HP Software Product Marketing)

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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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