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Cloud service design portability -value redefined

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) has made designing cloud services from scratch a simple and straightforward process; but what happens if your enterprise is running on multiple systems? How can you export and import service designs, so that you can reuse and customize existing designs between different instances? How do we ensure that service designs provided do not remain stagnant over time?


Read on to find out how HP CSA has helped raise the bar in the way service designs are created and used. We will also uncover how service designs with HP CSA continue to grow in value over time.




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.

Staging cloud resources with the power of templates

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Why create something from scratch when you can work from a plan that already works? HP Cloud Service Automation features many templates—and more are released monthly—for mounting new types of resource providers of cloud environments. Keep reading to learn how to use them to simplify setup and provisioning of your cloud service.




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.


The Best 20% of partners will have moved to the Cloud with 2.5 times the revenue growth

Written by:  Steve White  - IDC IT Channels and Alliances: Trends and Predictions 2013, doc #WC20130206, February 2013.


The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is well worth taking the time out to read up on. Go and look it up on Wikipedia or the like and see how a principle from over 100 years ago is applied in many forms in business today.   In this prediction, the rule application is supported by some recent IDC surveys which suggest that partners that have already transitioned to the cloud, or are investing in a major cloud focus, have 2.5 times the revenue growth and close deals that are more than twice as big as those who have not.


HP:  As a HP Channel Partner are you interested in rounding out your Cloud services offering?  Reselling leading Cloud Service Provider offerings?   Post your reply.  We can help.




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What are the Top Four Customer Needs for Managed Cloud Services?

Written by: Kelley Lynch, WW HP CloudAgile Marketing Manager


Today, private cloud remains a top growth area.  As a provider of cloud services, you want to meet your customer’s needs.  Within hosted private cloud environments, HP’s end users consistently tell us they want the following...


How many sources does your Cloud come from ?

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Inside most large enterprises, IT organizations are responsible for administering multiple types of cloud environments. In some cases the cloud environments are from the same provider, but often they come from multiple sources—keeping track of them all can feel like a pair of shackles.


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Luckily, HP Cloud Service Automation organizes all of these resource providers into one system. Now you can  manage and bind them to specific service designs, which can then be presented as part of a service catalog for business users.


Keep reading to find out how you can free your IT staff from the drudgery of maintain Cloud services.



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.

Top 5 2013 Data Center and Cloud Automation Success Strategies

The fact is that data centers are getting bigger and more complex. Unfortunately the headaches caused by this complexity are too big for aspirin to handle.  You are looking for a way to meet the increasing demands of your shareholders while relieving some of the pressure points caused by complexity.


Luckily we have a solution for you. Keep reading to find out about the top five success strategies we are presenting at a webinar on April 25. You won’t want to miss it.

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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.
  • 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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