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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….

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Why the Mobility of Server Lifecycle Management Should Matter to Your Business.

The new HP ProLiant Gen8 servers offer insight and functionality that has never been seen before. ProLiant Gen8 features exclusive HP Active Insight Architecture, which provides IT professionals with unheard of insight into the current health of each server.  Active Insight Architecture offers powerful new capabilities that automate and simplify system provisioning, troubleshooting and software updates.

Visit the next-generation HP POD Data Centers at a road show event near you

Enterprises today are being forced to do more with less. This trend is directly impacting the IT department as well. They are asked to be more competitive despite decreasing budgets.  Innovation and growth are being stifled and choked out. IT centers are running out of capacity and space in their traditional brick and mortar data centers.

Thinking about Private Cloud? Don’t build a new compute infrastructure on outdated storage design

When you look at your storage infrastructure, what do you see? Do you see an infrastructure design that might be old enough to go to college? Traditional storage infrastructure was designed for predictable, physical workloads.  That is a sharp contrast to a prediction that 80 percent of x86 application workloads will be virtualized by 2016. 

SMBs and Cloud Service Aggregators

I believe that there be a growth in Cloud Service Aggregators. SMBs will be able to "plug into" such an aggregator to get all their "non-core" applications like payroll, expenses, email, file sharing and so on. This will allow SMBs to really focus on their core value-add - the thing that generates them their margin.

New Forrester report on SaaS adoption in Europe

New report from Forrester shows how quickly SaaS is being adopted. It also shows changes views towards SaaS as adoption becomes real. 

Why Building Blocks Are Crucial for Enabling the Cloud: HP ProLiant Gen8

When HP announced the launch of the new Gen8 ProLiant Servers, the world was introduced to the world most self-sufficient server. This server was built with cloud deployments in mind.  These new ProLiant servers are the building blocks for your cloud journey.  They automate processes and reporting. These servers also increase the speed of initial set-up and integration into your environment. This significantly increases the speed that your whole IT environment is utilizing cloud benefits. 

The Impact of your network on Cloud adoption

There is a prediction that with the adoption of increased virtualization and the adoption of cloud technologies, traffic flow between servers will increase by an order of magnitude. These new traffic patterns will appear arbitrary and even chaotic with fluctuations that can be 90-times higher than the peaks experienced by most data centers today.

SaaS and Application Quality (An invitation)

 "And if everyone was jumping off a bridge, would you do that too?"


Application Quality is seeing more and more Software-as-a-Service deployments and research firm IDC is predicting the Software-as-a-Service automated software quality and cloud testing market will grow to around $1B in revenue by 2015. While the market is growing, it is not always clear how and when to your organization should move to SaaS and cloud testing.


But is our mothers' well-worn admonition not to follow the crowd costing your company opportunities?

Solve Mission-Critical Cloud Challenges with Integrity/HP-UX CloudSystem Matrix

Your enterprise is looking further integrate cloud computing infrastructure into your environment. You are looking for the elasticity that cloud provides so you can quickly scale up and down depending on demand.  But what about your mission critical components, how do they fit into your private cloud environment?

Tips on getting started with the Cloud & which path to use

Cloud.  There is no doubt that Cloud Computing is a hot topic. It appears everyone wants to incorporate it in their environment. From the IT department to the CEO office, enterprises are looking to integrate additional cloud services or simply begin utilizing cloud infrastructures within their environments. They want to easily increase bandwidth flexibility, improve reaction speed and decrease operating expenses; some of the advantages of cloud infrastructure.


Cloud and Digital Supply Chain Management

As we increasingly use SaaS providers to give us business application functilonality, we are in fact setting up a digitial supply chain. In order to optimize this digital supply chain, we need to use IT Performance techniques - KPIs and visual scorecarding.

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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.
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  • 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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