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Get Off My Cloud

By Roger Lawrence, CTO Stategic Enterprise Services - HP South Pacific


We’ve already spoken about “Vendor Contestability” and this is certainly the nirvana we’d like to get to in the future for computing delivery. This is essentially the idea that we can seamlessly shift between providers at close to zero expense. 


Imagine if you could shift between clouds like you do with mobile phone providers. There may be contract penalties to pay the incumbent provider, (this is not applicable with pre-paid providers). But, the actual porting of the number, de-provisioning one service and provisioning another, is close to immediate, and free. 


Also, it doesn’t matter which device you own. 3G service to a Nokia feature phone works just as well with an Apple smart phone.


So there’s the holy grail of what cloud could look like.

Got a question? Get your cloud-related technical questions answered from Cloud Experts

At HP Discover 2012 you’ll get direct access to all the leading Cloud subject matter experts from HP, HP Partners and peers, to help answer and address the most challenging technical questions related to Converged Cloud security, application and cloud services, HP CloudSystem,  application lifecycle management, cloud virtualization, networking, etc. 

Breaking barriers with SaaS

As you look around your infrastructure, can you see beyond existing limitations? Or are the limitations all you see? Do you want to improve the effectiveness of your IT management tools, give your business the flexibility it needs to compete—and at the same time reduce the cost of managing your infrastructure?

Tags: HP Discover| PPM| PwC| SaaS

Testing Cloud at HP Discover

Next week at HP Discover promises to be an exciting week—possibly one of the best educational experiences your organization has ever experienced. Our experts and panels will be engaging and have you thinking of new ways to enhance cloud in your infrastructure. One of the sessions I am most excited about is “Performance testing from the cloud—at a price you can afford”. Here is why...

7 Ways to Get Started in the Cloud at HP Discover

HP recently announced the Converged Cloud strategy and common architecture, based on open standards and multi-vendor, heterogeneous software and hardware support. Learn the core technologies that will power, store and connect tomorrow’s hybrid clouds in our Master the Cloud series of sessions at HP Discover, as well as learn how to create the business case, roadmap and to avoid security risks across private, public or hybrid clouds. 

How Do You Want to Travel in the Cloud?

By Roger Lawrence, CTO Stategic Enterprise Services - HP South Pacific

“Cloud” Computing is such an emotive, ambiguous and misinterpreted term. If you listen to Amazon’s Werner Vogels (one of the most brilliant CTO’s, imho) he’ll tell you that it is not cloud unless— your platform removes all capex, is entirely elastic and is purely pay as you go.


He has a point.


This is kind of like saying that unless you travel by bus, it’s not transport.


And just like transport, we have a number of options when we consider computing delivery.


Take Advantage of Cloud Implementation Best Known Methods (BKMs)

Leverage thousands of HP and customer hours of experience and best known methods for building and managing cloud services with HP cloud solutions and services at HP Discover Las Vegas 2012.

HP Cloud Maps @ Discover 2012

Learn how to meet cloud application service requests with quality, confidence, and speed for CloudSystem


Delivering application services for the cloud today is a long, cumbersome, complex, error-prone and non-repeatable manual process. It requires multiple IT planning meetings, coordination across teams, design reviews, architecture, configuration, testing, qualifying, followed by creating the service, activating the service, and managing the application lifecycle. And, there’s no guarantee the service will be set up correctly, fully optimized and error-free.

Strong partnershi​ps are essential for the Cloud.

If you’re an existing HP customer, there’s a good chance you’ve already worked with one or more of our partners. Partnering is part of HP’s DNA to deliver best-in-class solutions. And why the combination of HP and our Partners is even more important as you embark upon your Converged Cloud journey. You don’t want a technology provider using your deployments as a beta test. You need and want the right solution – delivered by experts – to function flawlessly from the get-go to deliver immediate value.

You asked. We answer: This Week in Cloud video #6 discusses cloud and IT supply chain

In the sixth video answering questions you asked us about cloud computing, HP's Christian Verstraete (a.k.a. - The HP Cloud Source, @christanve) and HP's Paul Muller (@xthestreams) delve into the IT supply chain considerations when moving to cloud computing. 

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Can Vendors Play Nicely?

By Roger Lawrence, CTO Strategic Enterprise Services - South Pacific


It seems the Holy Grail for Cloud Computing, is vendor contestability. This is the ability to change service providers based on a commercial consideration. Think about it like you would the airlines. You use Qantas as a rule, and have negotiated excellent fares based on your volume of business, then Virgin offers a special for next week with lower fares. So you change service providers.


The following week Qantas lures you with a value added offer of upgrades, or more status bonuses for your common sectors, and you simply change back.


Sounds great, right? This week HP provides your customer relationship management, next week you use Sales Force, and then you shift to Dell’s new discounted offering.


What are the inherent flawed assumptions and the challenges with Cloud Vendor Contestability?

Public vs. Private Cloud: Who benefits from which one?

Public cloud versus private cloud? Who benefits from which one? Is one better than the other, depending on the size of our organization? This was the topic of debate on ZDNet's Hot Topics web cast a couple of weeks ago. I had the chance to join the host, Jonas Tichenor, Stephen Comstock from CBS Interactive, David Gewirtz and Andrew Nusca to discuss this topic.

Are you "let's put everything in the cloud" or are you "we'll never use such an insecure thing"?

One of the key concerns about public cloud remains security. And yet the cloud providers say that they have dozens of security PhDs versus the average IT department which has one person at best. They say that they are obsessed with security and only have to impliment it a handful of services, versus the average IT department that has thousands of different things that could be attacked. 


This is obviously an emotive as well as a technical issue. We need some facts in order to make good business decisions - we can't keep saying, "I'm concerned about security" without finding out the truth. 


A DISCOVER session I saw may help us here.

The changing role of IT as cloud takes off

If public / managed private cloud takes off (as I believe they will), then the role of IT will probably need to becoming "part of business teams".  

Tags: cloud| IT futures

Elasticity and Cloud in the Enterprise

By Roger Lawrence, CTO Strategic Enterprise Services - South Pacific


Earlier in the week we discussed the hidden costs for Enterprises looking to adopt cloud computing. Today we’re going to discuss another hyped assumption – the need for elasticity.


One of the benefits of cloud computing is this notion of being able to scale dramatically should the need arise. Then have the ability to switch off servers when you no longer need them. Of course this notion is correct…


…if you’re Facebook or Twitter or a Stock Trading Broker dealing with IPO’s.


But what about if you’re a bank? Or a Legal Firm? Or a retailer?

The Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing

What are the benefits of moving various IT workloads to the cloud?

By “cloud” I don’t necessarily only mean Public Cloud (Amazon AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure or O365). I do mean adopting cloud principles to deliver your technology resources. This could mean private on-premise, virtual or trusted private, community or public cloud architecture.

I also consider the whole compute stack in this definition: Infrastructure, Platform and Software-as-a-Service.

So what are the benefits of moving your assets to a cloud-based environment?

When asked this question, countless vendors, HP included, propose:

  • Lowered costs
  • Reduced time to deploy or reduced time to market
  • Greater agility
  • In certain cases, increased security
  • Vendor contestability (which in turn leads to lower costs) 

Your cloud. Your way. Cloud computing at HP Discover

Define your unique path to the cloud by joining the experts and our HP Cloud Advisors at HP Discover 2012. This year’s event will feature over 90 cloud related sessions from case studies to hands on labs focused on all forms of cloud computing.  A marquee of the event will be the rollout on HP’s new Converged Cloud strategy showing their private and public cloud offerings.

How are you doing with your SaaS New Year resolutions?

Time to renew your New Year resolutions - not just those you set for yourself, but for your IT organization. How have you done since the beginning of the year? Here's more on how SaaS and Cloud can help.


Watch This Week in Cloud (5of6) - Cloud Application Modeling, Portability, Performance with Raf Los

Raf n Paul.PNGJoin HP's Chief Software Evangelist, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), and Raf Los (@wh1t3rabbit) in the fifth of six deep dive videos into cloud computing. In the first part of this short video, Raf discusses the four steps to managing and securing the cloud.  The two IT experts also talk about application build, replication and deployment automation as well as how to maintain integrity in the service delivery. Raf explains how a template-driven model helps with application portability. Finally the video concludes with a discussion of the importance of real-time risk, security, and performance indicators.

Public clouds are inherent in the enterprise—how do you manage them with your private clouds?

A provocatively titled blog post on caught my eye: “CIOs' Cloud Strategy Must Include Public Cloud Services.” In particular, this comment by the author resonated with me: "... it has become clear to IT management that this public cloud computing 'fling' has become a serious commitment." The author posits that public cloud adoption isn't "headstrong software engineers covertly conducting shadow IT on their own time." Instead, enterprise public cloud adoption is being approved by executives in the applications group.

This Week in Cloud Episode 4 - Open Stack and the benefits of standards in Cloud

CVandPaul4.PNGHP Evangelist Paul Muller (@xthestreams), and Christian Verstraete (@christianve), HP Chief Technologist, Cloud Strategy, as they tackle the tough questions you’ve asked us via Twitter, blogs and other channels about cloud computing. In this, the fourth of six deep dive videos, watch as Paul and Christian delve into the details about HP Converged Cloud that was announced in April 2012. 

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Cloud and eGaming

I was recently at an e-Gaming event on a panel talking about cloudThe eGaming industry experiences ultra-fast application lifecycles, very short lived applications, and a maniacal focus on what differentiates them.

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