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Displaying articles for: February 2011

The Strategic Service Broker and the Cloud Architecture

Lately we worked with a small team to develop HP's Cloud architecture. We started from the concept of the CIO being the Strategic Service Broker and included those principles in the architecture itself. Interested in knowing what we came up with?

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Around the HP Cloud (week ending Feb. 18, 2011)

It seems we are in a season of industry events.  So what is everyone talking about?  Cloud of course!  If you missed an event or are interested in attending one, check out the latest details below.

Did HP blacken the skies or address the multitude of cloud demands?

The Register published an article title “HP blackens the skies with Cloud offerings” highlighting the difficulty to understand HP's cloud offering. This let me to describe a couple scenario's and what approach customers might want to take as we believe there is no such thing as "one size fits all" in the cloud. Want to know more?

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Around the HP Cloud (week ending Feb. 11, 2011)

This week the cloud news is focused on the industries.  Communications and media companies are a hot topic because of a new viewpoint paper from HP Enterprise Cloud Services on moving media and entertainment to the cloud. This paper really got our bloggers talking.  But why wouldn’t it? The media and entertainment sector is changing quickly. Digital assets are created, reviewed and edited in different locations. Content is leveraged from dozens and even hundreds of providers. Could a cloud solution address these unique problems? The Next Big Thing blogger, Doug Chey, looks at media and entertainment companies gravitating to the cloud.

The most important business driver for moving to cloud computing

We would like to know what your most important reason is for moving to cloud.  Once you vote you'll see the results. 

Can I put my Datacenter on Steroids?

Datacenters are known for their inefficiencies. Typically servers are used an average of 10 to 15% of the time. This leaves them consuming energy and heating up the environment way to often. Virtualization starts to address this. But is there a way to go further. We believe so. By thinking out of the box and use some new cloud concepts, drastically higher efficiencies can be reached. You want to know more?

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Cloud and ITIL

Are Cloud and SaaS implementations inconsistent with ITIL Best Practices? Or is it just a desperate argument against a rising tide?

Putting HP cloud solutions to the InformationWeek test--5 key criteria to consider with cloud

InformationWeek ran an interesting article recently that listed five key criteria that businesses should consider when assessing whether or not a cloud-based offering is right for them. I decided to put HP’s cloud offerings to the InformationWeek test to see how well they stack up.

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Around the HP Cloud (week ending Feb. 4, 2011)

Unlike me, who is completely snowed in (at least by Texas standards), the cloud momentum continues to move this week around HP.  With last week’s announcement on cloud and hybrid delivery, we had several blog posts and tools that help you analyze where you are in the cloud.  Check out some new assessment tools that are available to help you in determining what’s best for your data center.

Can I put my Datacenter on Steriods

Christian Verstraete – Chief Technologist – Enterprise Business Cloud Solutions presented at a conference in Olso 25 Jan 2011.  See the presentation in this post. 

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Out of sprawl comes order

How do you embrace the benefits of cloud while effectively managing and controlling the multi-sourced IT world of today?  Hybrid delivery models that are incorrectly managed can increase complexity, risk and costs, negating the potential benefits of cloud computing.  You need a solution to turn IT sprawl into order and regain control of the technology your organization needs to meet its business objectives.

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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.
  • I've devoted more than a decade to writing about technology products, solutions and services.
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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 Xen.org 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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