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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….

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How a Center of Excellence helps align technology, people and processes with automation

COE2.pngThe drive towards greater process automation in IT is a transformation that will require more than just technology. In order to make IT automation initiatives a success, IT must make not just implement technology, but also usher in adaptations to how people and processes work. Find out why a Center of Excellence is an effective way to align these three factors, and how to make it work for your company.


By Ravi Srinivasan, Sr. Product Manager — HP Cloud and Automation

NEW! HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite at HP Discover

In an earlier article, we spoke of getting control of IT’s complexity through the use of HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 (CSA). Now you can learn how enterprise IT will now be able to easily provision and manage a full range of hybrid cloud services quickly with the use of CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite.


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Next, come and see CloudSystem Enterprise live in action at HP Discover in Vegas. Hear from actual customers (e.g. McKesson Corp., Lloyd Banking Group, Verizon) who have taken the leap to CloudSystem Enterprise. From their experiences, appreciate why CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite was designed to help enterprise IT get started as an enterprise-grade cloud service broker.

At HP Discover: Delivering customized cloud service catalogs to business users

I have been talking to you for the past few weeks about the new HP Cloud Service Automation lifecycle Management for application infrastructure services. Now you have the opportunity to hear about our services from those that know them best—our customers!


In the breakout sessions at HP Discover (session BB2981), you can hear how Verizon IT (as a result of the partnership built on HP CloudSystem Enterprise and HP Cloud Service Automation) is now realizing a  reduction in deployment time, increased resource utilization, avoidance of failures due to human error and increased compliance with policies.


What else can you discover about these new solutions in Las Vegas? Well, I guess you will have to keep reading to find out !



Got your head in the cloud?

If cloud is on your business agenda and you are still undecided about attending HP Discover in June…maybe this will help.  History continues to show that every 7-10 years, technology delivery undergoes a tectonic shift; one that opens up new business and access models.  Today, cloud computing is leading the path of this next technological evolution, offering IT new means of helping organizations accelerate towards solving their business and technology challenges to speed innovation, enhance agility and drive business model transformation

A glimpse into Cloud and Automation Management sessions at HP Discover

We recently announced a new suite of HP Software Automation, Orchestration and Cloud Management Software. Now you can automate end-end platform and application delivery. You can also Build, orchestrate and broker cloud services. Now you can learn more about them at HP Discover in Vegas.


We will be offering product breakout tracks by subject matter experts and customer-led solution discussions There will also be round tables and demo theatre sessions filled with cloud-related information.  Keep reading to get a sneak peak at what is in store for you at HP Discover.



Live at HP Discover : A new set of Cloud and Automation Management Solutions !

Imagine being able to automate your end-to-end platform and application delivery. Or, have the ability to build, orchestrate and broker cloud services. Now you will have the opportunity to see your dreams become reality with  HP Software’s new set of Automation, Orchestration and Cloud Management solutions in action at HP Discover in Vegas.


This set of solutions was designed to support heterogeneity out of the box and attain new levels of IT efficiencies. These solutions offer enterprises:


  • Agility in delivering application services and
  • Scale by automating end-to-end application delivery as well as 
  • Building, orchestrating and brokering hybrid cloud services.

They are integrated, comprehensive offerings that deliver on choice, confidence and consistency for the enterprise-grade cloud service broker.


Read on to find out what is in store for you at HP Discover, including how you can win the new HP Slate7.



Cloud: more than meets the eye

Winchester.jpgHave you ever started up a staircase and not known where it led? 99.8 percent of staircases actually lead somewhere, but at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose CA, it is not guaranteed.  The house was constructed over 38 years, and it is jumble of hallways, rooms, and staircases that lead to nowhere.


Cloud environments can quickly resemble the Winchester Mystery House if it isn’t properly planned.  This blog discusses how to avoid piecing your cloud together, keep reading to unveil the secrets.

Getting control of IT’s complexity: Introducing HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2

Everything in the cloud moves more quickly than traditional IT. With cloud-based provisioning, IT administrators need to operate in real-time, with much higher visibility into the availability of resources and how they are being used. Here is a brief look at three key ways that the new release of HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 addresses the complexity of this dynamic with intelligent resource utilization, greater heterogeneous support and improved financial and asset management.


By Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud/Automation Solutions

Get your SaaS in gear at HP Discover Las Vegas June 11-13!

Ready to be a part of the Software as a Service revolution but not sure where to start? Attend HP Discover!  There are loads of opportunities to learn about HP SaaS and solutions for performance monitoring, Agile development, Product and Portfolio Management, Service Management, Application Lifecycle Management, and more - all delivered by HP SaaS. Below is a list of sessions you might be interested in to learn best practices, hear case studies, and get the latest from the leaders in enterprise Software as a Service - HP SaaS!

3 Simple Steps to Automate Your IT

As the pressures on IT grow, with available resources typically either staying constant, or shrinking, IT organizations have little choice but to become ever more efficient. Increasingly, that means automating whenever and wherever possible. Here is a high-level look at HP’s three-step best practice approach for automation in the next-gen data center and across IT.


by Muneer Mubashir, HP Cloud and Automation product marketing

Converging Clouds over HP Discover, Las Vegas

A new style of IT is emerging.  Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the way people live and work. And just like client/server did, the changes will significantly impact Information technology – people, processes and technology.

Enterprises have been steadily embracing private and managed cloud environments and are increasingly finding use cases for the public cloud. We are past the point of the cloud being limited to shadow IT and startups.

Ready, fire, aim: When is the right time to think about Application Performance Management?

Ready, fire, aim!


As companies quickly move toward cloud adoption, many are placing application performance management at the tail end of their planning.


Without proper visibility into all aspects of their environments, these organizations may unintentionally aim at the wrong target – if they’ve identified targets at all.  Unfortunately, if a cloud system isn’t designed with visibility as a focus these misses can be inevitable.


Keep reading to find out how integrating HP Performance Anywhere early in your planning can provide you with the on-target results your business requires. 

Should Cloud Service Providers and Resellers Tap into the Telemedicine Cloud Market?

Engaging older adults with chronic conditions through the use of cloud services has the potential to:

  • Reduce healthcare costs
  • Improve patient health and independence

So what is holding adoption back?

The 2 HP cloud solution demos for SAP you can’t miss at SAP Sapphire 2013!

Are you attending SAP Sapphire 2013? If you are, we have a few suggestions for cloud solution demos you will not want to miss.

These demos have been specifically designed for SAP landscapes, and will demonstrate what is possible when the power of HP and SAP come together. Keep reading to find out how you can benefit from this partnership.

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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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  • 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
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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.
  • 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.
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