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Can development teams and operations teams really work together?

By Roger Lawrence, Chief Technologist, Stategic Enterprise Services - HP South Pacific


Over recent years, after significant IT (Development) project failures, we’ve seen the rise of an alternate methodology—Agile. For developers, this is a move toward rapidly creating functional code, and realising requirements that are validated by the business. It means that developers  are allowed to spend more time doing what they’re good at—developing—and less time on “administrivia.”



Labels: IT Development

How have Virtualization and Cloud evolved differently?

Virtualization is often confused with being a necessary step towards cloud adoption. While there are similarities in the adoption of virtualization on x86 technology-there is a fundamental difference between how cloud is maturing and how it is being adopted across enterprises, large and small.

Cloud Computing at HP Discover Frankfurt 2012

Written by Frances Guida


Last week, more than 9,000 people gathered in Frankfurt for HP Discover 2012 to learn the latest about industry trends and how they can leverage HP solutions to drive their business objectives.  Cloud computing is one of the most important trends.  It’s enabling organizations to transform their business, using a mix of private, public, and managed clouds, alongside traditional IT.  For those who couldn’t join us in Frankfurt, HP’s Frances Guida shares her perspective on the key takeaways Discover attendees had about cloud in this short video


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Building a Cloud: Why the Right Service Automation Platform Makes All the Difference

Written by Deepak Belani


When it comes to private clouds, the real value lies in the service automation platform – the layer that standardizes and automates tasks associated with deploying and managing cloud applications.  In the white paper, Building a Cloud: Why the Right Service Automation Platform Makes All the Difference, Stratecast presents recommendations to customers for selecting a service automation platform that supports both private and public cloud configurations, with a focus on HP CloudSystem and HP Cloud Service Automation, fueled by HP Cloud Maps technology

Labels: Cloud

Is cloud security your major concern when wanting to migrate into Cloud?

Written by Deepak Belani


Security concerns such as threat prevention, data protection and policy enforcement are all major barriers to companies wanting to migrate into the cloud. Let me share with you what HP is announced at Discover 2012 Frankfurt, Germany Dec 4-6 that addresses these concerns.

Labels: Cloud

Our new way to speed your application delivery

HP Continuous Delivery Automation is part of a portfolio of HP solutions that help organizations adopt DevOps practices to increase agility across the application life cycle and collaborate effectively to deliver better applications, faster.


HP Continuous Delivery Automation is an integral component to HP CloudSystem. It helps automate application development and testing for the Cloud. Find out more on what was released  at HP Discover 2012 event in Frankfurt.


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Cloud Industry Trend: the shift to service-oriented hybrid delivery


Live from HP Discover Frankfurt we have spoken to many customers who are sharing their thoughts on key cloud trends for 2013 and beyond.  A key trend we’re hearing is the shift from Infrastructure as a Service-only to service-oriented delivery model by putting use cases around them for large enterprises. 


What are their key choice points? 


Azeem Mohamed, Director of Cloud Strategy for HP, explains the key trends their sharing and why HP Converged Cloud provides a portfolio of solutions to help these customers every step of the way in their cloud journey.



Labels: Cloud

Interested in deploying hybrid clouds? HP CloudSystem has broader bursting capabilities.

It is announcement day for HP CloudSystem at HP Discover in Frankfurt. In addition to the OpenStack KVM support announced today, HP CloudSystem also adds additional hybrid cloud bursting capabilities to give customers more flexibility on where they can run their workloads.


One of the things that many customers have requested is the ability to start an application in their data center and then get more resources from public clouds such as HP Cloud Services or Amazon AWS. We can deliver this capability using HP CloudSystem Enterprise  - the combination of CloudSystem Matrix and Cloud Service Automation. For instance, a CloudSystem application service can embed multiple web server infrastructure services, each of which uses a different cloud sourcing model.  When provisioning the application, CloudSystem will provision those web servers, no matter where they run, according to the blueprint defined for the application service.

Find out what over 1/3 of the world uses to power their private and hybrid clouds…

I just got out of the HP Converged Cloud press conference here at HP Discover and there are some exciting enhancements that HP has announced specific to enterprise and service provider customers looking to build and manage cloud services.  After almost 2 years, HP now has over 850 CloudSystem customers in 75 countries…that’s over 1/3 of the world! 


Labels: Cloud| CloudSystem

Are you interested in deploying OpenStack-based KVM in a HP CloudSystem environment?

Earlier today, HP announced the technical preview of HP CloudSystem support for OpenStack-based Red Hat KVM resource pools. What does this mean and why is it important?


Some of our existing customers focus primarily use a single hypervisor today. This hypervisor is often a full feature virtualization platform that provides a robust infrastructure that works well for traditional enterprise applications. However, many, if not most, of those customers are already deploying or considering moving to a multi-hypervisor model.

Operate with clockwork CONSISTENCY ... by first being Agile in DevOps

Calling all cloud practitioners ! Start exercising your given business right for Choice today. Raise the bar on innovative services delivery with Confidence. Have peace of mind, by knowing that your systems are operating with clockwork Consistency.


This is a three-part blog series that examines the importance of these pivots: IT Choice, IT Confidence and IT Consistency, as seen across the Cloud and Traditional IT space.


We conclude with IT Consistency, and what that means to you in the Cloud and Traditional IT space.



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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.
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  • 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.
  • Ortega has been working for HP for 7 years across their Global Marketing organization. "Tega" is an HP Cloud Senior Marketing leader accelerating messaging around HP Cloud Solutions. Her professional passions range from but are not limited to: globalized messaging on cloud solutions, learning from, interacting with, & influencing enterprise executives in their IT & business model investment strategies. Tega enjoys sharing her social media voice, global network experience, and innovative thoughts. In addition, she keeps her followers connected on world events, industry trends, & global demands that impact the need for technology solutions. Her professional passion stems in outreach to decision makers from startups to enterprise who want to change the world. Tega offers inspiration to her followers that they embrace becoming or comtinue to expand as "forward thinkers". Let's do this! Your enterprise is counting on you.
  • 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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