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How does HP Cloud Management fit into the Compliance puzzle?

With written contribution from Andy Wahl and Suj Mohanty 


How will you know if your cloud services conform and operate in accordance to a set of rules and regulations for the use of data securely when you look beyond network security and data protection?  You will find the answers you are looking for where business compliance in the data quality and data governance is part of your cloud management platform.


Notably, the cloud can present challenges for you to apply compliance best practices—largely because IT personnel do not have the same kind of visibility into infrastructure-level resources as they do with internally deployed systems.


Read on to discover some of the technical best practices in HP Cloud Management’s solution that will help you maintain compliance when provisioning and maintaining cloud services.



Be mindful of the "Unknown Unknowns" with HP Cloud Management

With written contribution from Andew Wahl and Andy Smith


June 6, 2002. During a Q&A session at the end of a NATO press conference, then U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke about the “unknown unknowns”. This is a poignant reflection for those in the security information and risk management (SIRM) business. By not knowing what you do not know, how do you best protect your cloud against cyber risks ?


Read on to learn how HP prevents insider and advanced persistent threats. It starts with the base exhaustive collection of machine data from an ever increasing number of sources, using a single unified interface. Comprehensively managing these digital fingerprints for the searching, indexing, reporting, analysis, and retention of cyber anomalies.




Editor’s Note: Find out why Cloud Management lessons from the ‘80s can help guide your way in managing for the hybrid cloud environment.

3 important lessons we’ve learned about cloud and automation from working with clients


Experts in server room.pngFor decades now, HP has recognized that the surest way to design technology that will perform for customers the way they need it to, is to work closely with them in solving their operational challenges. Working with customers “in the field” has been instrumental in developing Automation, Orchestration and Cloud software. Here are some valuable lessons HP has taken to heart.


By Michael Zuber, HP Cloud Leader (Americas)

When DBaaS Gets Complicated: How to Automate Complex Provisioning

Divide and Conqur.pngBrick-and-mortar databases used in production environments are typically deployed as database clusters and often have a data replication component to guard against the loss of a site. Database-as-a-Service in the cloud should not be any different. You can’t assume high availability will be provided by the underlying infrastructure. In this post, Klaus Muehlbradt of HP Software R&D looks at how to tackle the challenges of automating complex provisioning of databases in the cloud.


By Klaus Muehlbradt, HP Software Database and Middleware R&D

HP Cloud Management - security comes integrated

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Andy Smith


In a recent survey, 50 percent of IT executives have said that security remains the biggest barrier to their cloud adoption. They want to know how one builds and operates a cloud environment securely. Particularly, in a world of cloud computing multi-tenancy where multiple users share the same computing resources.


New considerations are needed when adapting traditional security models to cloud environments— loosely coupled solution bundles are no longer acceptable. Read on to see how HP Cloud Management provides integrated security for the cloud as expected by enterprises.




Editor’s note: Find out why Cloud Management lessons from the 80's can help guide your way in managing for the hybrid cloud environment.

The shocking truth about ROI and payback period in operations management

talking experts.pngWhen budgets are tight or personnel too stretched, it can sometimes prevent companies from seizing the next big thing in their industry. Here is why automation plays such a key role in unlocking that potential.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader (Americas)

Labels: Dollar savings| ROI

Implementing Database-as-a-Service: It’s different for production clouds

DBaaS for Production - Complex Provisioning - What is Itteaser img.pngOrganizations that are looking to implement Database as a Service (DBaaS) for a production private cloud need to consider several important factors that are less relevant for dev/test environment. In this post, HP Software Infrastructure Development Engineer Steve Forsyth introduces a new series about those unique challenges, and how HP provides a solution.


Guest post by Steve Forsyth, HP Software Database and Middleware R&D

Cloud Management lessons from the ‘80s

By Michael Zuber, HP Cloud Leader (Americas)


The 1980’s were about much more than big hair, parachute pants and breakdancing. It was also a time of massive technological innovation and change that forever altered IT as we know it. What can we learn from this era about our current shift to the Cloud? (And no, I am not referring to making our hair sky-high!) 


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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.

SaaS: The cure for IT indigestion

fizz.jpgOh, you know the pain of indigestion - the burning and the ache. And if you are an IT professional you also know the pain of IT-induced indigestion.


Now there is relief from IT-indigestion: Software as a Service! Continue reading to find out how SaaS can quickly ease your pain .


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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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  • 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 @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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