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Accelerate your Cloud adoption with CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service

Accelerate your deployment as a cloud service broker with CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service. It will  be made available starting  April 1, 2013. 


It was designed to set up a solid foundation for customers of HP CloudSystem Matrix. Continue reading to learn how CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service ensures that your process of delivering cloud services is done right. This is accomplished by starting from the very first step. 


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Streamlining Cloud Service Design Using HP Cloud Service Automation

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Provisioning cloud services to business users needs to be an efficient, yet still customizable process. The faster that administrators are able to respond to requests—or better yet, proactively satisfy their businesses specific needs for cloud computing resources—the more likely that lines of business will not attempt to work outside of approved Corporate IT policies and engage in “Shadow IT”.


Continue reading to learn how administrators use HP Cloud Service Automation to design cloud services with integrated workflows, and provision cloud services for a wide range of private, managed and public cloud resources.


Editor’s note: This is part of a series of blog posts that will look at how cloud administrators can use HP Cloud Service Automation. Follow the series on Grounded In the Cloud.

Taking 5 steps forward to Cloud Automation

You were just called into a staff meeting in the morning, where you were told by your CIO that your capital budget has been decidedly halved. Seated in your windowless office cubicle of your data centre, you look at the rows of networking equipment overflowing from their rack space and wonder how you will manage this IT sprawl.


You now have half the budget and yet your data increases daily. Keep reading to see if there is a light at the end of this tunnel.


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Interested in joining a virtual Converged Cloud Tech Day in Puerto Rico?

I know, joining a virtual meeting that is being hosted in San Juan, Puerto Rico is probably not your first choice, as I am sure you would prefer to be there is person. But if you are interested in taking a technology tour of HP’s Converged Cloud, this will be of interest to you. If you have been following me, you will know that every 6 months or so HP invites a group of industry bloggers to come into HP to gain a very deep product view of our technology. For instance, we have run tech days spotlighting HP 3Par storage and late last year we ran an event that focused around the new Gen 8 Proliant servers amongst others.

Improve the administration of your cloud services

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Imagine what you could do with the power of HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA).  You could evolve your existing infrastructure and virtualized environments into scalable cloud services. You could respond to changing business demands quickly and economically while realizing faster time-to-value. 


Now your dreams can be a reality with CSA. To take your first steps as an Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service Broker to IT and Line of Business Users, continue reading to uncover how to harness the power of CSA. In the coming weeks, we will provide a practitioner’s view of the key factors you need to consider, as you plan your journey to be a cloud service broker.


For now, learn how you can use HP CSA to improve the administration of your cloud services.

Looking for another interesting read? – Check this out this article on Software Defined Data Centers

I don’t want to be accused of moving readership way from this cloud blog, but did wanted to promote a new site I came across today focused around virtualization - Software Defined Data Centers. It makes an interesting read.

Fast-track the implementation of TIBCO Silver Fabric with HP Cloud Maps

Very simply, HP Cloud Maps allow TIBCO and HP CloudSystem Matrix customers to provision enterprise apps on HP CloudSystem Matrix quicker and more reliably. 


TIBCO and HP have worked closely together to bundle their deep knowledge in hardware, operating system and Silver Fabric to develop the TIBCO Silver Fabric Cloud Map. HP Cloud Maps are prepackaged, optimized and tested cloud service designs for use with HP CloudSystem Matrix to automate the deployment of applications in the cloud.


To learn more about how TIBCO’s engagement with HP to develop Cloud Map for Silver Fabric is adding a huge value to its customers view the Global Partner Conference, 2013 Cloud Maps video.

Protect your DevOps investments with Continuous Delivery Automation today!

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation is disrupting the IT industry today. But, it also brings many opportunities for advances in the IT department. Every day, we see new and innovative solutions emerge in the marketplace. And while these solutions enable customers to be more productive and efficient, there may also be hidden costs associated –unintended results and undesired consequences.


For example, when onboarding new applications and solutions, customers realize that they need to re-tool their environment.  Some times this means retiring an existing tool that the business is familiar with, and is still serving them well. These are added costs and a resistance to change that IT can do without.


Continue reading to learn how HP Continuous Delivery Automation protects your organization from such fail points when onboarding new applications. 

Interested in what happened at Mobile world Congress 2013? Here’s an insider’s view

I have not been to this event before and was looking forward to attending - Mobile is even more pervasive than ever before and soon nearly everything around us, people and things, will be connected. Mobile has forever changed the way we communicate, the way we conduct business, the way we manage our lives, and the way we are entertained. The possibilities for future innovations are nearly endless. Easy to say the words, but after attending this show it become very clear how far mobility has come in such a short period of time. Who would have thought that 5 years ago 70,000 plus people would be attending the event in Barcelona!!

Discover how HP Cloud Maps can accelerate your ability to design and deploy cloud services

You have created your cloud infrastructure; and now everything is in place—well almost.  You have your service catalog online, but it is empty because you do not have any services to provision with. Traditionally you would have created these services yourself and they would have taken months of test to get them production ready. With HP Cloud Maps now you can fast track building your application service catalogue in minutes!


Come discover how HP Cloud Maps can accelerate your ability to design and deploy cloud services. Come and see Cloud Maps Demo @ HP Booth: Industry Analyst Summit 2013 currently running in Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.


HP welcomes IBM’s rhetoric around stronger OpenStack® support

Written by Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager of Converged Cloud for Hewlett Packard


The growth and market acceptance of OpenStack has been a journey.  One that HP has been closely involved with for nearly two years.  Our decision to leverage OpenStack for our cloud platform was not made lightly, and was based on our experience of deploying cloud solutions for several years prior to our OpenStack participation. In fact, we have thousands of customers using our cloud solutions and services, and those numbers are growing quickly. 

Become a Cloud Service broker with the new CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite today !

Unlock your potential as a broker of cloud services, for both IT and line of business users. Now you can open doors with the new HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite, available today 01st March 2013. Leverage the benefits of CloudSystem Matrix, integrated with HP Cloud Service Automation. 


Learn how as a broker of Cloud Services, you can deploy a full range of services models (PaaS/SaaS and IaaS) delivered to IT as well as the line of business teams. Keep reading to find out the best service model for you.



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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
  • Cloud and Automation solution architect in HP Software Research & Development.
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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.
  • 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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