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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….

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.

Labels: Cloud| discover| Partner

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.

Tags: cloud| Events

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)

21st Century Teaching with the Cloud: A Podcast for Educators

Marty Neuhard is an HP Cloud Engineer who happens to spend his free time as an Adjunct Lecturer at Binghamton University in Vestal, NY for Basics in Web Application Development.  Students in this course leverage their own equipment to learn the fundamentals of web development and are expected to build customized websites as part of the learning experience.

HP eats its own dog food with HP Cloud solutions

In the not so distant past, it took 21 days to provision a server. Now, with the capabilities of cloud, you can provision a cloud in four hours.  We know this first-hand because we use it.


Keep reading to find out how we are using cloud to transform our business.

Connecting to a Windows Instance – Helpful Troubleshooting

In today’s Eating the Dog Food blog I am following up on a previous post, Launching a Windows VM on HP Public Cloud. The most common issue from customers to support is the retrieval of a Windows administrator password for the newly created instance.

Tags: Public Cloud

Managing SLAs for your cloud services


When IT embraces its role as a broker of cloud services, it must manage the many Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for a range of cloud services and be in a position to assess whether its roster of cloud service providers can actually achieve the operational standards its business needs. Read on to learn more!


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


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

HP Cloud Back from Hong Kong Recharged and Ready for Some Icehouse

he OpenStack immersion at last week’s Summit was taken to a whole new level in Hong Kong with enough content to keep even the most dedicated technologist overwhelmed.

OpenStack Summit Recap – Not just another Cloud conference

IronicImae.jpegOver 3,000 “stackers” gathered in Hong Kong last week to collaborate for the future and celebrate the past. HP has been a long-time partner of OpenStack. Keep reading to learn more about this partnership and our new management console.

Labels: Cloud| OpenStack

How to decide what cloud services to offer

which cloud to choose.jpgDespite the power of the cloud, the reality almost every IT organization is that not all IT services will go to the cloud. Here is what IT executives need to consider about which services their organization should offer.


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


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl

The Need for Speed!

Need for speed2.jpgIn today’s IT, speed wins.  However, just like in auto racing, speed can also kill.   When you are moving at the rapid pace expected in cloud service delivery and operations, it is difficult to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all. It is especially difficult to keep track of all of the “on the fly” template and image changes that have taken place across your business critical applications between releases? 



There are some key questions that need to be answered:

  • Are there sufficient controls in place? 
  • How do you prepare for that upcoming compliance audit or operations review? 
  • Are the all of business and legal policies being adhered to? 
  • Can you create an automated “instruction set” to restore the full application stack back to the approved in order to regain control?

Read on as to why moving at cloud speed doesn’t mean operating out of control.


With written contribution by Frank Hunt (AMS Cloud Presales)

Transforming IT at your own pace with DBaaS

Enterprise DBaaS.pngNot every IT organization is going to adapt into a service provider model the same way. Here’s a practical look at how implementing Database as a Service (DBaaS) allows them the flexibility to adopt the right level of automation to fit their operational circumstances.


Guest post by Steve Forsyth, HP Software R&D

Semaphores in HP Operations Orchestration

6-global-semaphore.pngIn computer science, a semaphore is a variable or abstract data type that provides a simple, but useful, abstraction for controlling access, by multiple processes to a common resource in a parallel programming or a multi-user environment.


HP Operations Orchestration can utilize this concept to increase automation adoption. Read on to find out how it can power your environment.

Keeping Your Sushi Fresh with HP Cloud

PeriShip provides HP Cloud with an experienced cloud technology vendor running real-time, mission critical deliverables that are a perfect match for our highly scalable, open standards, and global solution.

It’s a Bright Horizon for HP, OpenStack and HP Cloud OS

OpenStack Hong Kong.jpgAt the OpenStack® Summit in Hong Kong this morning, HP announced the industry’s first commercially available public cloud management console using the OpenStack Horizon dashboard as part of the HP Public Cloud.

Spend 3 hours, Save US$30,000



Would you invest three hours to install and configure software that could save your organization over $30,000 during the free trial period alone? No, this is not a trick question. Read on to find out how!




With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead) 

Podcast with Victoria Kouyoumjian, Product Manager HP Cloud

Joining us today is Victoria Kouyoumjian, Product Manager HP Cloud on launch of OpenStack Horizon

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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
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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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