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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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Heartbleed OpenSSL: Are your servers still bleeding?

Heart-bleed.PNGRecent research revealed there are more than 300,000 servers still at risk from the Heartbleed OpenSSL. I suspect IT server admins are struggling to manage the process of updating OpenSSL — after all, the last thing a server admin wants to do is place their servers and applications at risk by deploying an update to a large numbers of servers and exposing them to some new, unknown effect. 


If you are in this position, there is good news: There is a way that you can deploy the latest version of OpenSSL to your servers, safely, reliably and quickly, using a 30-day free trial!


Written by Andy Mackay, Senior Product Marketing Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

HP Helion Week in Review: June 20 – 27


Welcome to the new weekly review of all things HP Helion. This post is a wrap-up of the latest news and information on HP Helion and a great way for you to quickly follow our cloud portfolio of solutions.

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Welcome to your online meeting place from HP Helion

hpmyroom.pngHP Helion and our education services team have developed a fantastic online video communication and collaboration tool for both professional and personal needs all running on HP Helion clouds. In the past year, we delivered over 5
billiion+ user connected minutes.


To see this tool in action,

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HP Helion Keynote at Cloud Foundry Summit

keynoteclod.jpgHP's commitement to open source and cloud continues to grow as we recently were one of three keynotes at the Cloud Foundry Summit. The HP Helion team is commited to delivering an enterprise PaaS for the OpenStack community and is fully engaged wtih the Cloud Foundry project.

HP Helion Series: A Portfolio Not a Solution

492568837b.jpgTo better assist customers in understand the newly launched HP Helion brand, I am kicking off a new blog series focused on the solutions within the brand. In this first blog, I define what HP Helion is and provide examples of HP cloud solutions within the HP Helion brand.



The power of a cloud IT investment strategy – Did you consider this?

72968816.jpgCloud computing is often thought of in only technical terms but there is a broader business impact in transforming to this new style of IT including the financial impact. At HP Discover, I had a chance to videotape an interview with HP Financial Services to better understand how they enable customers to finance their cloud solutions.



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Do you have balance between your infrastructure, business innovation & operational excellence?

balance.jpgCIO'S should reflect more critically upon the limits of technology in pursuit of productivity improvements while maintaining control.

OpenStack .NET SDK Released

openstack-cloud-software-vertical-small.pngBreak out the trumpets!

The OpenStack .NET SDK team has just released its first public release with the 0.9.1 version which includes support for the Swift storage service.


Keep reading to find out how you can utilize the SDK within your environment. 

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Step #7 towards an orchestrated datacenter: maximize use of the cloud

metopera-a1.jpgThe cloud has changed how business users think about information technology and what they expect of it. Although the cloud offers ways for IT organizations to adapt and meet those demands for greater availability, agility and scale, it also forces IT to completely rethink how it operates. Here is a final look at how the datacenter must evolve in order to succeed in the cloud. 


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation

Calling all “User Landians” to lead OpenStack above the cloud

super user.jpgI recently attended the OpenStack Summit and came away feeling that power-users like me are a bit under-defined and under-represented.  I felt that I didn’t really fit into OpenStack’s current notion of ‘superusers’, and I think it is time to change.


Continue reading to see where the ultimate superusers are in the OpenStack story. 


Guest post by

Evan Scheessele
HP Printing & Personal Systems

with Warren Volkmann

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4 Business imperatives driving the cloud revolution

dinner-table.jpgI am having a dinner party and you are invited! The focus of our discussion will be around Cloud and what it means for Fortune 500 businesses.


The problem is that everyone has a different definition of what the cloud is.  So we start at the beginning and discuss what this third great revolution in computing infrastructure means to them. Keep reading to find out how I picture the discussion going.


Guest post by

William L. Franklin

Vice President, OpenStack and Technology Enablement, HP Cloud

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HP Discover 2014 – All things HP Helion

20140611_223214.jpgIt was a fantastic week for the HP Helion team last week at HP Discover with plenty of sessions, demonstrations, announcements, and even parties to promote our solutions for the new style of IT.


This blog contains all the information you could ever want from last week including: videos, sessions, demos, and product announcements.

Uncover insights from all angles

Do you view uncovered insights within your business as a “diamond in the rough”? These insights truly are a treasure, and now you can easily uncover them.


Keep reading to find out how you can easily mine and find this insight. I will also help you understand how you can not only find the information, but transform it into an easily consumable format.

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5 key lessons to learn from your peers about Automation and Cloud Management

birds of a feather.jpgWhat happens when five IT experts from major companies get on stage to share their experiences with automation and cloud management? The audience comes away much more enlightened about what it will really take to orchestrate in their own organization. Here five important lessons they shared.


By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management

Step #6 towards an orchestrated datacenter: use data to tell IT's story

SFSO_DavisHall_L.jpgHow do you know if your orchestrated datacenter is succeeding? How do you track progress and encourage teams to continue expanding their automation efforts? How do you convince the bean counters and business executives that it’s working? As with any major IT initiative, you need to measure the impact your organization makes with its orchestrated datacenter transformation.


The good news is there are many ways to acquire and combine big data across systems and environments, using big data and connected intelligence to help tell your story.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation


HP Helion at GigaOM Structure, The Cloud is the Computer

GigaOMStructure.pngThis week, the HP Helion team attends GigaOM Structure 2014, a leading industry event focused on cloud computing.  HP has several sessions, a table in the exhibit hall and an evening reception to highlight our cloud solutions.  We look forward to seeing you at GigaOM Structure 2014.


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Intel and HP: Delivering an Open, Enterprise-Ready Cloud based on OpenStack

Intel.jpgIntel and HP recently announced a collaboration on OpenStack, critical to the foundation of HP Helion. Intel will be a part of the HP Helion Network and work with like-minded partners to delvier open standards-based hybrid cloud services.


Read more to learn about this relationship.

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Graffiti – making the most of the cloud…

178107193final.jpgHP and Intel have invested in the Graffiti project within OpenStack that allows for OpenStack cloud builders to annotate and leverage specialized hardware resources from within OpenStack, making it possible to match workloads to the best HW infrastructure.  The result is a more resilient, secure and highly available services across private, public or hybrid clouds. 


Learn more about this new project in the OpenStack community.

Day 3 at HP Discover – So Much More to Experience

488180767b.jpgWith two days complete, you might be thinking that we are running out of content for you. Don’t worry, Day 3 offers so much more fantastic content. The schedule is included in this blog.

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What to do when “Software eats the World”

software eating the world.pngA few years back, Marc Andreessen was quoted as saying “Software will eat the world”.  In 2011 this quote was catchy for its imagery but if we are honest most people probably just had a quick laugh and moved on. 


But just three years later, and I feel this statement was quite prophetic. Keep reading to find out how software truly is eating the world now and how you can support the changes this has brought with it.


Guest post by Mike Zuber, VP of Go-to Market Sales, HP Software

HP Helion Announcements at HP Discover – Latest and Greatest

helion.pngThe HP Helion team made several announcements this week at HP Discover. This blog is a wrap-up of the announcements and information on our just released pricing for HP Helion OpenStack.


Read more for the details...

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Just Getting Started at HP Discover – Welcome to Day 2

462152219.jpgWe hope you enjoyed the fantastic sessions from Day 1 and have even more content in place for you today. The schedule for all things HP Helion is listed in this blog.


Read more for the schedule.

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Leveraging your free Operation Orchestration Community Edition at HP Discover

Download OOCE2.jpgDo you have two hours to invest revolutionizing your IT? With the HP Operations Orchestration Community Edition you can Start automating incidence remediation and service fulfillment in just two steps. Keep reading to see how state-of-the-art orchestration can help your company right now—all for free!


Written by Mike Zuber, VP GTM Sales

HP Atalla Brings New Encryption Capabilities to HP Helion

176829387.jpgEarlier today, HP released a new Atalla solution for the safeguarding of sensitive data in the cloud. HP Atalla Cloud Encryption delivers trust in the cloud through key management, robust key encryption, and integration. It combines partially homomorphic split-key encryption with patented key management to protect critical data in public, private, and hybrid cloud environments.


Read the blog for more information.

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Step #5 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Accelerate feature releases to empower customers

NY philharmonic.jpgIT must deliver the tools and systems the business needs, so as business accelerates, so too must IT’s ability to refresh the supply of tools at its disposal. Here’s how you can more quickly release new applications and features, so the business can meet and adapt to the ever-changing competitive landscape.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation

It’s the First Day of HP Discover – Welcome to Vegas

86522348.jpgWelcome to the opening day of HP Discover and all the amazing sessions, demos, workshops, and content from the HP Helion team. To guide you to the appropriate content I will provide a blog every morning with the highlights of the day for all things HP Helion.


Keep reading for today's cloud highlights.

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Finally, a slick way to automate your repetitive service desk requests

help.jpgNearly every organization has a long list of manual and low-value service desk requests that they wish would magically be resolved. Now there is a way. Here’s how you can get free access to a world-class automation tool and get started in just two hours.


Written by Mike Zuber, VP GTM Sales

NEW! Automation and Cloud Management Community – where practitioners go to be heard!

51-20130728_07_Young_Professional_Brainstorm_TR_2744.jpgHave you heard? …. You are no longer alone. There is a new place where you can share your thoughts and ideas ( and see what others are saying) about IT automation and cloud management


Join us at the Automation and Cloud Management community as we start this journey where your thoughts, your concerns, your voice deserves to be heard by a community that matters.


You matter. Keep reading to find out how to get connected.

Object Storage and HP ProLiant SL4540: Supporting OpenStack® Swift

swift_solutionbrief.pngEnterprise customers are rapidly adopting unstructured storage infrastrcutre for big data and private clouds. HP innovation has delivered the HP ProLiant SL4540 which is the perfect hardware choice for running an OpenStack Swift object storage solution.


Read the blog for more details.

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Prove your genius - leverage the Community Edition downloads

sciencegenius_large.jpgWhen organizations are looking for people with leadership potential, they are looking for people who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. They are also looking for people who offer true solutions and answers.


This is your opportunity to be that person. This is your opportunity to introduce your organization to Community Edition software that will help you start automating incidence remediation and service fulfillment in just two steps.


Keep reading to find out how to prove your genius to your organization!


Written by Mike Zuber, VP GTM Sales

Behind the Scenes with SwiftStack Gurus on Global Object Storage

swiftstack.pngThe HP internal IT global OpenStack cloud provides object storage services from SwiftStack. I recently recorded a podcast with two leaders of SwiftStack and the Swift project for the OpenStack community.

Read more to learn the details of how this solution worked for HP employees to get an idea of what it can do for you. 

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Step #4 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Assess the agility of application architecture

boston-symphony-orchestra.jpgWhen evaluating how you can most effectively automate IT services, you should in parallel assess their agility requirements. Here’s why identifying opportunities to transform application architectures can set you up for greater success with orchestration across IT environments.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation


Boost your business performance by transforming your application portfolio

apps to cloud.jpg“How do I turbocharge my business?” “How do I grow revenue?” “How do I get into new markets?” These are the types of questions I get from IT execs who ask me how they can begin these discussions with their business leaders and embark on initiatives to meet these goals. I tell them, if you want to drive growth, you have to think about your applications. By transforming and moving some of those applications to the cloud, you can help boost the performance of the business.


Keep reading to find out what you need to do to assess your application portfolio and help your business.

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Cloud Foundry and the Application Cloud Revolution

GoldenSmallHeadshot.JPGBernard Golden, VP Strategy at ActiveState Software, a leading provider of Cloud Foundry PaaS provides insight into the coming application revolution leveraging the power of the cloud. 

BAM! POW! How one dynamic duo manages the entire server lifecycle

batman and robin.jpgBatman and Robin. Sherlock and Watson. Frodo and Sam. Great things happen when partners team up to work together, and it’s no different when it comes to managing end-to-end business services with complete infrastructure control. Here’s how two HP solutions, Server Automation and OneView, complement each other to reduce the time and effort spent managing your HP servers through the entire stack.


Guest Post by Andy Mackay,

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management

Vegas, baby! 10 must-see stops on your tour of IT process automation

royal flush.jpgHP will be putting on quite a show in Las Vegas this year (June 10-12), and some of the hottest tickets are sure to be for sessions on IT process automation and orchestration. As sure as a royal flush at the poker table these 10 sessions will help you win big.


Guest post by Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager

Step #3 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Integrate people, tools and environments across IT silos

la-phil.jpgChaotic, isolated pockets of automation within separate functional areas—servers, network, monitoring, service desk, etc.—lack the cohesion that IT really needs for lasting efficiency, error reduction and compliance. Here is how you can break down these silos with a disciplined approach.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation and Cloud Management


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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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  • 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.
  • 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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