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A CIO Discussion on Hybrid Cloud Delivery

By Michael Zuber, HP Cloud Leader (Americas)


At HP Discover in Vegas, we recently announced the availability of HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite (CSE Starter Suite).


Powered by HP Cloud Service Automation, and integrated with HP CloudSystem Matrix, CSE Starter Suite was built to allow enterprises to take their first steps in delivering more advanced platform and application services. Now enterprises can rapidly deliver for the hybrid cloud.  CSE Starter Suite provides an integrated cloud management platform that allows enterprises be a broker of enterprise-grade cloud services.


Keep reading to find out how we provide further perspectives of this game changing technology. We will examine how/why CSE Starter Suite empowers enterprises with the ability to adopt Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), at or near the same cost as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).


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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.

Automating your IT Special Forces team

 Every organization has them: that group of IT experts that always gets the call when something goes bad. Their talents are usually in high demand and short supply—so how do you make sure these everyday heroes can respond to emergencies without causing delays in their day-to-day tasks? The answer might not be something they want to hear, but it could ultimately let them contribute more to the business.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas

Clearing the bottleneck: Getting full value from the cloud by automating application databases

Slide2.pngMany companies have discovered that provisioning “ping, power and pipe” via internal clouds has only shifted bottlenecks up the stack into the application layers. To get the full benefit of cloud-based IT, data center automation must extend beyond the infrastructure layer to also include databases. Here’s why provisioning and manipulating discrete database services is key to supporting the rapid deployment and mass management of applications in the cloud.


By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager – HP Cloud & Automation


When the business asks for cloud, start the conversation with automation

Cloudsystem enterprise.pngHow should an IT leader respond when a business executive requests more of the Cloud? Here’s what I recommend IT professionals do to get a clear understanding of what it is they’re really looking for, by breaking down “Cloud” into its base components and showing how Automation can be key to delivering the value the business wants.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas


Agile developers: How valuable are you?

The recent tremendous growth in the adoption of Agile methodology has created new opportunities for Agile practitioners as enterprises scramble to find these important skill sets. With this strong interest in skilled Agile practitioners, how can you be sure you are earning what you are really worth in today’s market? HP and ASPE may have the answer for you.

Catching lightning in a bottle: 4 steps toward aligning cloud strategy to client needs

Customer-led sessions at HP Discover 2013 by companies like Lloyds Banking Group demonstrate, HP CloudSystem Enterprise offers a complete platform (hardware and software) that enables clients to manage and automate the entire stack. Here’s how HP put all the pieces together.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas

How HP’s CloudSystem Enterprise 50 Pack changes the game

It’s now easier than ever to adopt a Platform as a Service (PaaS) model that addresses not only infrastructure components, but also all of the database and application layers. As HP Discover 2013 breakout sessions by HP customers McKesson (BB1280) and Lloyds Banking Group (BB2682) will reveal, CloudSystem Enterprise is opening up new opportunities for enterprises to take major steps forward in their operations.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas

Security and Software as a Service discussed at HP Discover 2013

Christian Verstraete, HP Chief Technologist for Cloud Technologies interviews Nir Yitzak, Chief Information Security Officer for HP Software as a Service regarding the state of security on SaaS, what to ask a SaaS vendor regarding security, and how HP SaaS addresses security issues for its customers.

Tags: HP Discover| SaaS
Labels: Cloud| security

Slaying the Beast: How Automation Ensures Sustainable IT Compliance

Compliance can be a ticking time bomb for many IT organizations. If leaders are not losing sleep—or maybe their job—over the possibility of failing an audit, they are exposing the business to severe risks. I’m not just talking about the substantial time and money typically required to remediate non-compliant assets. If non-compliant technology leads to data leaks, it could also mean millions of dollars in fines, lost revenue, and irreparable damage to the brand.


Keep reading to find out how automation can help you get compliant.



by Andy Mackay, Sr. Product Marketing Manager – HP Software

What’s new with HP CSA3.2? – Heterogeneous Support

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


In the cloud era, most enterprises are rightfully wary of vendor lock-in. Find out how HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) enables enterprises with greater choice and flexibility in the cloud platforms and technologies they use.


Example of increased heterogeneous support that HP CSA offers includes KVM, VMware and Microsoft hypervisors, in addition to Amazon EC2 public cloud resource and HP Public 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.

Managing application development to operations in the HP hybrid cloud: an SAP example

Hybrid Cloud is advertised as the best of all things Cloud.  Unfortunately, by being “everything to everyone” it is now bogged down with complexities and disconnects.


Luckily this blog post has the vital information you need to simplify your environment and having it running smoothly again.


After reading the article remember to: Register today  for HP Discover 2013 “TB3580 – Managing application development to IT operations in the HP hybrid cloud : an SAP example” session to learn more on managing application development to operations in the HP hybrid cloud environment.

Learn how to master your cloud-service catalog with HP Cloud Maps @ HP Discover 2013

You have created your cloud infrastructure and you have your service catalog online, but your service catalog is empty because you do not have any services to provision. Traditionally, you would have had to create these services yourself and requiring months of testing to get them production ready. Today you can automate this by using HP Cloud Maps!

New! HP CSA3.2 - Intelligent Resource Utilization

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


On May 13 2013, we announced the release of HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 (CSA). As described in an earlier post, the latest version of HP CSA has three big areas of improvement. Over the next few weeks, we will dive into each area, and examine how these improvements help cloud administrators better manage their ever-changing environment of application and software services. In this article, we will discuss the use of Intelligent Resource Utilization with HP CSA. 


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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.

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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
  • Cloud and Automation solution architect in HP Software Research & Development.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 15 years in IT industry … started as sys admin, then became a consultant, instructor, solution architect and now in product marketing @HP
  • 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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