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For Cloud sessions at HP Discover – We left the lights on for you

I read an interesting article just after HP Discover in Las Vegas titled Turn out the lights HP Discover is over, written by a friend and HP colleague of mine called Calvin Zito. If you follow Calvin, you will find he is a very pervasive writer that lives and breathes anything storage. His article came up for discussion yesterday during a meeting, which triggered a reminder to me that even though HP Discover was over, from the Cloud perspective, we left the lights on for you.

You can test drive HP CloudSystem Matrix Software

At HP, we believe that customers will all have a unique journey to their cloud environment. The first steps often include standardization, consolidation, virtualization and automation and then building to an internal IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering.


One of the other key things we have learned from working with thousands of customers is that cloud implementations often have a bigger impact on the people and process of IT than on the technology of IT. Therefore, it is often good to start with a small project - often internal IT focused - to understand how cloud will impact the unique processes and the people in that specific organization before growing to a larger implementation. In other words, many organizations will want to start small and grow tall.

Building a Winning Cloud Service Launch Platform

Written by: Richard Arthur


In previous blogs I discussed factors in market segmentation and feedback from a recent summit concerning public cloud services being launched today. Those can be found here.   In this blog I assume you have some idea of which services you want to launch, now is time to think about your platform for launch. 


Many service providers have tools and portals in place for customer services that they will want to reuse.  However do not underestimate the flexibility requirements of a cloud services platform.   As we have seen time and time again in the Internet – knowing which services you want to launch today does not mean you know which ones you will need to launch (and retire!) in six months.   Flexibility at all levels in a Cloud services platform is critical.    Further, consistency for the end-customer will be critical.   End-customers will view you as a “one-stop shop” for cloud services and they need to have them presented that way.


Finally, an “all-in-one” cloud services platform will reduce risk and investment for each service being launched. 

Define or identify the roles in your organization that will be responsible, accountable, consulted, informed (RACI) for each part of the cloud services platform.

HP CloudSystem Matrix hybrid cloud and bursting support

On June 5, HP announced the release of CloudSystem Matrix 7.1 including Matrix OE 7.1. Starting with version 7.0, released earlier this year, Matrix OE could burst to Savvis as a service provider. Matrix OE 7.1 adds HP Cloud Services (OpenStack-based) and Amazon EC2  as service providers. But what is the value of bursting, and how does Matrix OE 7.1 provide value in a hybrid environment?

Chargeback and Showback - Choosing the right solution for your cloud

As a business owner, would you open a store without any process to charge back your merchandise? As a user, would you buy a service without knowing the cost upfront? This kind of cost management requirements applies to cloud computing. While cloud computing promises many opportunities for IT cost savings, its diverse and dynamic nature also makes it difficult to reap the expected financial benefits.

Managing Private and Hybrid Clouds

Written by: Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Service Automation


This week at Discover 2012, HP announced a new version of HP Cloud Service Automation, available as a core element of CloudSystem Enterprise or as a standalone software product, for managing private and hybrid clouds. As a key element in HP’s Converged Cloud strategy, HP Cloud Service Automation is the industry’s most comprehensive, unified solution for brokering and managing application and infrastructure services in private and hybrid clouds, helping IT organizations increase agility and reduce cost, via a self-service portal and highly-automated lifecycle management. 

Announcing HP CloudSystem Matrix 7.1

HP, my dedicated co-workers, and I are proud to announce HP CloudSystem Matrix and HP CloudSystem Matrix Software version 7.1 today. This release has a combination of new features as well as improvements to existing functionality. A lot of this work is based on ideas and feedback from our customers - so thank you for providing your input!


Some of the new features include:

Cloud is like life: Plenty of options, but which is the best for you, and your organization?

My 5 year old asked me today, “Why do I have to go to school?  Can’t I work and make money without going to school?”


How do you answer that?  Is it as simple as saying “YES!”, or does it need further explanation?


If you think of it simplistically – the end result is the same – to make money and support yourself.  However, the route to get there, and the quality of life would be different.


I think of cloud in the same way.  You can think of it one step at a time with piecemeal cloud solutions.  Or you can look at the bigger picture and have the end-game in sight so that each decision you make gets you one-step closer on your cloud journey to hybrid delivery. 


This Week in Cloud video - Flame Malware, Security & SLAs with Christian Verstraete, Paul Muller

What do you need to consider when putting a cloud computing SLA into place?  Are there any tools that can help you?  How do you measure the actual SLA for continuous improvement?  Are there tools to help?.  What about the Flame virus?  What are the implications of this latest security scare on cloud computing?  Chief Cloud Technologist Christian Verstraete (a.k.a. - The HP Cloud Source , @christanve) and HPSW Chief Evangelist Paul Muller (@xthestreams) answer these questions and more in the latest episode of “This Week in Cloud” video series.

Reaching the Point of Commitment

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

This is the final post in our look at the economics of adopting cloud computing in the enterprise. To date we’ve covered:

  1. The Hidden (Tangible) Costs of Cloud Computing
  2. Elasticity and Cloud in the Entperprise
  3. Vendor Contestability
  4. Cloud Hosting Options
  5. Getting off the Cloud
  6. Intangible Costs

In today’s post we’re going to discuss considering when it’s most appropriate to move a particular workload to the cloud.


Intangible Costs

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


I think it was Einstein that said:


“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.”


Or, he said something to that effect. The point is that when we look at the business case for adopting cloud computing principles to deliver IT to the enterprise, there are a number of intangibles that get neglected.

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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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