Grounded in the Cloud
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: April 2012

Find out more about “Your cloud. Your way” at HP Discover and receive a $300 discount

The cloud is the hottest thing in computing today, and enterprises are eagerly seeking to adopt it. They realize that cloud computing holds the promise of curing today’s “data center sprawl,” with its colossal complexity, considerable costs, and substantial capital investment. For their part, service providers see the cloud as a catalyst for revenue growth. Executives and leaders look forward to the day when information technology will be delivered as a pure service throughout the organization, metered, ubiquitous, and available on demand much like electricity or water.

Watch ‘This Week in Cloud’ (3 of 6): Distributing Applications and Data in a Hybrid Cloud

RafandPaulTWIC3.PNGYou know you want to move some applications and some data into the cloud, but how do you determine whether a private, public or hybrid cloud is best.  You asked and we answer in this new video. 


Join Join HP's Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), and Raf Los (@wh1t3rabbit) as they host the third of six deep dive videos into cloud computing. In this episode of “This Week in the Cloud,” HP's Christian Verstraete (a.k.a. - The HP Cloud Source) gives expert tips for deciding how to distribute applications and data in your hybrid cloud deployment model. 


Watch ‘This Week in Cloud’ (2 of 6) with Paul Muller - Converged Cloud, Migration, Open Cloud

cloud2TechDayApr.PNGJoin HP's Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), as he hosts the second of six deep dive videos into cloud computing. In this episode of “This Week in the Cloud,” Paul takes a look at answering some of the questions you’ve been asking about real-world cloud deployments

What does buying a car have in common with getting an IT service?

Written by Frances Guida

I remember back in 1976 when my parents bought a new family car (a light green Ford station wagon we affectionately called Kermit).  They picked all the features they wanted:   air conditioning – yes; power windows – no; large pockets for maps – yes.  They ordered the car, and then they waited three months for the car to be built and delivered. 

David against Goliath, or the SaaS’ threat to IT

Customers are adopting SaaS (Software as a Service) applications at an incredible rate. Is this a threat or an opportunity for the IT organization ? Can IT compete against the brand new, mobile ready solutions from the SaaS market ? Does it make sense for IT to redevelop the capabilities provided by SaaS vendors ?

Finally, a true blue cloud computing environment

I recall sitting in a meeting where some university IT engineers were raising questions about how their applications fit snugly into the IaaS, PaaS or SaaS level.


That conversation made me queasy, and also left me a little disturbed since IaaS, PaaS and SaaS or (anything-aaS) are just loose terms used to define the scope of the cloud service. And the truth is there are no hard-and-fast rules to say that if you do not do an anything-aaS, you are not deploying things on the cloud.


It also started to dawn onto me that the terminologies in cloud computing are starting to consolidate, while restricting people to think in confined, predefined ‘zones’.


“Is this for public cloud or private cloud or hybrid cloud or community cloud or …..?”  is one of the first questions I get asked when I talk about my research on tracing data on the cloud. You get the picture by now.


The key thing is that cloud is a concept, and I don’t think we should strictly restrict it to looking at service stacks (e.g. anything-aaS) or even in private or public boundaries. The key is that when you use the cloud, you must be able to increase utilization of the infrastructure, pay-as-you-use and gain access anywhere.


When we survey the cloud industry, we find that several companies are either steering towards the private or public cloud ends of the spectrum. For example, when you mention public clouds, people would think Amazon ECS When you mention private clouds, many other vendors such as EMC come to mind. However, to be stay true to high accessibility, availability, utilization and low cost, we need to have a cloud that does not confine to just one or the other model.


Enter HP’s Converged Cloud. Being a researcher, I am always skeptical about new terminologies or buzzwords. But after reviewing it, and thinking about its potential; I believe this is as close as you can get to the true blue cloud computing environment.


To top it off, I have a gut feeling that Converged Cloud will return us to the fundamentals and vision of cloud computing, and even propel HP to be the choice cloud provider of several enterprises, large and small. If you do not believe me, or are simply curious, go ahead, check it out here.


Explore related content:

•           HP Converged Cloud announcements

•           HP Converged Cloud solutions

What HP Cloud Maps can do for your business

In my previous blog post “Cooking in the cloud made easyI summarized the value of Cloud Maps and how they can simplify and speed the creation and deployment of cloud services. Although I liked the Betty Crocker analogy I used in the previous post, today I’d like to talk about the business value of Cloud Maps—or recipes for cloud computing services.

Blogger Ben Kepes on the benefits of Open Stack and converged cloud; video from HP Tech Day 2012

cloud Day 3.PNGDo you agree that rather than cloud being thought of as a technology, it’s really a business solution?  Is that why cloud is really revolutionary?  Watch and video and then share your thoughts. 


In a new short video, HP Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller, chats with Blogger Ben Kepes outside of HP's Tech Day in Sydney about consumerization  of cloud and the benefits of Open Stack.

Labels: Cloud Tech Day

Converged Cloud experts Andy Pattinson & James Vickery talk about the changing role of CIOs

bestcloudday2.PNGHP Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller, wraps HP's Tech Day in Sydney by speaking with I Know IT's CEO, James Vickery, and Andy Pattinson of Progress Consulting on the topics of CIO mindset on migration, converged cloud, cloud security, application security, and data sovereignty. 

Labels: Cloud Tech Day

Watch ‘This Week in Cloud’ (1 of 6) - Converged Cloud feat with Christian Verstraete and Paul Muller

PaulinSydney.PNGJoin HP's Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller, as he hosts the first of six deep dive videos into cloud computing. (And check out the gorgeous scenery in Australia and Belgium.)  In this first segment,  Paul is joined by HP's Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy, Christian Verstraete, for a Cloud Q&A. View the video to hear Christian's responses to the following common Cloud and Converged Cloud questions:

Cooking in the cloud made easy

Okay maybe cooking is not the best analogy for cloud computing, but if you’ve already been designing or “cooking up” your own cloud services, whether for internal use or to provide services to others, you have probably run into difficulties—just like in the kitchen.  

Expanding IT focus beyond the ROI thought process

By Samantha Booton, Marketing Program Manager, ISS HP Americas


The new HP ProLiant Gen8 represents a shift in server updates. Instead of simply looking at increasing speed and compute power, HP engineers and designers revolutionized the entire server experience. Over 150 innovations were integrated into the servers—all with the goal to improve the efficiency of the servers and improve how IT professionals relate to the servers.

You can now do it on the run: Mobile Server Lifecycle Management

By Samantha Booton, Marketing Program Manager, ISS HP Americas


The HP ProLiant Gen8 servers offer insight and functionality never seen before. ProLiant Gen8 features exclusive HP ProActive Insight architecture providing IT professionals with insight into the current health of each server.  ProActive Insight architecture offers powerful new capabilities that automate and simplify system provisioning, troubleshooting and software updates. 

Converged Cloud, more than a vision

Over the last couple days you probably have seen a lot about HP Converged Cloud, but that is not the only thing we announced. To start building a converged cloud there are many products and services that help, and we have a first set of them available. In this blog I am highlighting some and giving you a pointer to more. So, interested?

Labels: Converged Cloud

Common cloud management across private, public and hybrid clouds: Can this be a reality?

woman_grocery_shopping.jpegOne of the great benefits of industry standards is that when you purchase something, you don't have to worry about whether it's going to work with what you already have. Take the VHS standard as an example. You knew that if your VCR blew up, you could buy a new one and all your VHS tapes would still be able to play in your new machine. Think about other items in your household—you can buy a new mattress from any manufacturer and it would still fit in your bedframe; a new memory card would still work in your camera; and a new wireless access point would still support your wireless devices. This is interoperability and portability in action.

What is the Criticality of Software in your Cloud Integration

Authors:  Brad Vincent, Partner Business Manager, HP Software - Fernie Fuentes, HP Presales Manager, HP Software


Your enterprise understands the benefits of integrating a cloud system into your database infrastructure. You want to quickly and efficiently provision your resources and propel your business forward. HP Software Solutions provide multiple tools to assist and guide your datacenter through this important transformation. 

HP Converged Cloud, let's make the future real

According to several sources, hybrid cloud is becoming the norm. That's nice and simple, but how build a hybrid cloud that can be accessed, managed and secured seamlessly? That's what HP proposes with its Converged Cloud vision. It’s the industry’s first strategy and portfolio based on a single architecture that enables enterprises (often IT departments) to build, manage and secure hybrid environments. Are you interested in more? 

Labels: Converged Cloud

Just 2 weeks left on the HP Pathways to cloud roadshow

Just 4 more cities left on the schedule for you to be able to catch the HP Pathways to Cloud. These cloud roadshows help you explore and understand the key elements involved on the path to cloud.

Cloud computing a hot topic at HP Discover Vegas; Register now, save $300

discover12_banner2_287x150.pngWhat would a current technology conference be without a number of sessions dedicated to cloud and hybrid delivery?  At HP Discover Vegas 2012 cloud is one of eight key topics that will be explored in-depth with dozens of breakout sessions, technical labs and track keynotes.


If you can make it to only one IT event this year, Discover Vegas should be on your short list. But don’t delay. Register now to save $300 off the conference fee and reserve the best sessions before they are closed.  Read this post for a selection of the best cloud sessions at HP Discover Vegas 2012.


Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 
About the Author(s)
  • 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.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 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.
HP Blog

HP Software Solutions Blog


Follow Us
The opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the authors, not of HP. By using this site, you accept the Terms of Use and Rules of Participation.