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Cloud Security: Could we learn from the hotel business?

In my last entry I talked about the lack of trust many CIO express for public cloud. The origin, lack of transparency. Understanding the need for discression regarding the technologies, processes and procedures used to ensure security of a public cloud, I take the thinking a little further. Could we learn from the hotel business? You're intrigued why I use that title, keep reading, you'll understand.

And if you happen to be at HP Discover, and you enjoy my contributions, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be there.

Paul McCartney’s artistic legacy is now preserved in the cloud

digital library.jpgAs a child, I was mesmerized by Paul McCartney. There was no doubt among my peers that McCartney was an extraordinary genius ahead of his time. And certainly, McCartney‘s success and innovation brought about major changes in the music industry with hundreds (perhaps thousands) of other musicians emulating his style in an attempt to mimic his success and his creative touch.  Through the years I have collected the artist’s music on vinyl, then cassette and now on CD.  I have since shared his musical genius with my 20-something children who rank several of his songs among their all-time music favorites.


Now thanks to a unique partnership between HP and entertainment legend Paul McCartney, the extraordinary artistic legacy of the superstar will be preserved.

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Cloud computing for business growth

On May 25, CNBC aired a video segment on ‘Profiting on Cloud Computing’ where John Fortt, CNBC analyst, talked about the potential losers in cloud computing are companies that have dominant high margin positions that were dependent on the old model.  He cited Cisco, SAP, Microsoft, HP and Intel (on the client side) while mentioning HP’s advantage on the server side.  Yes. Business models are changing, not only for the technology titans, but also for enterprises, government and service providers.   

Building a Private Cloud in Zero to 90 Days

If you are getting a chance to go to HP Discover, here’s an interesting session to look out for. It's about a company called FICO that successfully implemented a 90 day transition into the Cloud using HP CloudSystem Matrix.

How could we trust public cloud services

CIO's keep highlighting the lack of security for justifying the non adoption of public cloud. Is it that they believe cloud services are not secure, or that, in absense of the appropriate understanding of what security procedures are in place, they do not trust the services? I believe it is the latter. How can we address that lack of trust? Here are some ideas...

Why you need a cloud computing strategy and how to develop one

Written by Judy Redman

Does your company have a long-term strategy around cloud computing?   New research is showing that despite the groundswell of interest in cloud computing, Most companies have not mapped out a long-term strategy.  In fact, recent CRN and articles cite TPI research indicating that only five percent of companies have a strategic program for cloud computing.  

Attention private cloud haters; it’s a hybrid approach

by Paul Muller, VP of Strategic Marketingpaul-muller150.jpg


Have you noticed the private cloud bashing lately? 


Instead of “either/or,” I believe it’s a question of knowing where and when...


Are you HP Discover bound?

If you are going to HP Discover this year and are interested in new Cloud develops, there will be a lot of interesting things in store for you. On the exhibit floor you will find 9 specific Cloud demos in the Cloud Zone. These demos are made up of where to start your journey to the cloud with CloudStart, (a fully comprehensive, fixed rate, 30 day program to Cloud.)

Using Cloud Service Automation to overcome IT challenges

In this informal interview, Michael Procopio of the HP Software organization visits with Thomas Goepel, product manager for Cloud Service Automation within the HP Software organization.Goepel shares his insights into Cloud Service Automation and how it can help organizations overcome cost, agility, and risk-mitigation challenges.

IT event season, HP Labs and the cloud - Around the HP Cloud (week of May 13, 2011)

It’s event season for IT!  We’re busy with lots of events around here and I have all your recaps and highlights in your weekly round up Around the HP Cloud.

HP CloudSystem Matrix – The Open Integrated Cloud

This is a great article I just spotted from a colleague of mine, Nick Vanderzweep, who highlights some of the advantages HP CloudSystem Matrix has over other vendor offerings. Nick writes “A while back I wrote a blog about how Cisco doesn’t have a Cloud offering like HP does with CloudSystem Matrix.  Some folks asked if UCS compares to Matrix and I cleared that up - No.  Then they asked if VCE compared to Matrix and again I stated that it did not compare to Matrix in that all VCE was is a bundle of servers, storage and networking from a loose coalition of vendors. It is not a Cloud.”

We better learn about risk management

A couple weeks ago Amazon Web Services suffered an outage that lasted several days. Beyond the specifics of that outage, the real question is how we manage risk in such complex environments. Particularly when we rely on services of which we do not have full control and where lack of communication results in uncertainty of what happens. Is it time to take dust of our risk management manuals? Probably...

How does Red Hat’s software provide you value within HP CloudSystem?

 As early as 2009, customers choosing KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) have relied on HP BladeSystem and ProLiant servers to provide the foundation of their virtualization infrastructure, (which is the precursor of cloud computing.) For example, ByteMark, a hosting provider in the UK, could improve their SLA from three 9s to four 9s by running KVM on BL495 servers with Virtual Connect Flex-10 modules

HP CloudSystem at the Red Hat Summit 2011

It hard to believe it has been a full year since I was last posting blog updates on the Red Hat Summit. Last year the big news for HP was all around our recently announced scale-up server - HP ProLiant DL980. It was big news and it attracted a lot of attention.

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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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  • 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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