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Is Your Network Ready for Cloud Computing? Here’s How to Find Out

Guest post by Jose Cornejo,  Enterprise Network Architect, HP Technology Services


sign posts.jpgThe cloud can be hard to pin down for the network. But the benefits are too big to ignore. Some organizations, however, don’t know where to start. That’s why HP is announcing a new service, the Assessment for Cloud Ready Networking, just in time for VMWorld today. Networking expert and guest Grounded in the Cloud blogger Jose Cornejo has the scoop.

The missing element in Cloud Architecture, the Cloud Platform

I keep seeing these layered architectures with IaaS at the bottom, PaaS in the middle and SaaS at the top. I disagree with those, as you do not need to expose an IaaS and PaaS to deliver SaaS Services. What is needed is a cloud platform, and I will explain to you what you can find in such a platform. HP's Cloud Reference Architecture builds on this. Interested in knowing more?

Need help with the Cloud? The HP Cloud Advisors will be at VMworld 2011

Are you finding that there is tremendous amount of hype surround the cloud and that trying to cut through that hype is taking you longer to find real answer to your questions?


Adding more fuel to the fire, do any of these sound familiar?

  • “My test and development team went outside company policy and bought 3rd party IT services with their credit card.”
  • “I can’t use cloud as I can’t guarantee sensitive data doesn’t leave this country.”
  • “I have way too much invested in traditional IT to think about moving to cloud now, even though it seems to be very compelling for my business.”

Separating Cloud fact from fiction

If you are in the midst of planning your cloud strategy or have started to implement your cloud infrastructure, you might be interested in this free webinar. With all the current buzz around the cloud, it’s making it difficult to separate what’s really cloud fact and what’s cloud fiction.

Apple or Google: which Cloud Vision will dominate?

I often participate in a forum, moderated by Peter Schooff for EBIZQ. He typically makes a statement and asks us to respond. About a month ago, Peter made a statement, and you know what, I had so much to say, I realized I was writing a full blog entry rather than just responding to his question. That is why I decided to publish my response separately. Here it is.

Labels: Cloud| cloud advisor

New Federal CIO poised to continue CloudFirst strategy

KundraVanRoekel.jpgSteven VanRoekel is the new Federal CIO, taking over the post vacated by Vivek Kundra earlier this month.  When I learned Kundra was leaving, I  asked: Will Kundra’s strategy endure? And what will be the impact of his departure on Federal IT and on U.S. taxpayers? It seems we are already getting some answers.


Although brand-new to the Federal CIO job (Kundra’s official leave date was Aug. 12) it appears VanRoekel is embracing Kundra’s cloud strategy and taking it a step further.

Hybrid Delivery of Cloud Solutions with HP

One of my cloud colleagues, Terence Ngai, recently had the opportunity to discuss HP's vision for hybrid cloud delivery in a podcast with Intel’s Alison Kline. During the interview Terence outlines Hybrid IT which delivers public, private cloud along with traditional IT to customers, which provides the best solution to customers.

TechAmerica Commission makes cloud recommendations and offers free Cloud Buyer’s Guide

jeff.jpgBy Jeff Bergeron, HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Public Sector 

(Jeff Bergeron is the HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. Public Sector. In this role, he leads a team of chief technologists that are responsible for matching HP’s capabilities and offerings with the requirements of the U.S. Government market sector. Jeff works directly with government agencies to define strategic transformation plans that enable them to maximize their IT budgets while aligning to mission goals and objectives.  Recently Jeff was appointed Commissioner to serve on the TechAmerica Commission of the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud--CLOUD².)


In an earlier post, I told about the exciting work being done by the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), a TechAmerica Commission composed of industry, academic and government IT leaders.  I and the 70 other fellow commissioners were given 90 days to draft a detailed report giving our guidance on how the federal government should adopt cloud computing technologies along with our policy recommendations to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of cloud computing innovation.  I am pleased to announce that we recently completed our study and it is now available for download. 


First Cloud Forum customer event in EMEA

My photo.JPGBy Stefan Danisovsky, HP Software Solution Marketing


It’s a pleasure and excitement at the same time to announce the first-time-ever customer forum event in Europe focused on cloud. You may say it’s taken us a lot of time to make it happen (and I’m not going to argue) but the important thing is – it’s now a reality.


What, when and where?

The Cloud Forum customer event takes place on September 29th in Berlin. The great thing is that we’ll be joining our ITSM and PPM colleagues and leveraging their experience in organizing this kind of event (see here). Another advantage is you can attend other tracks running on previous days and thus get news from multiple solutions areas as if being at one single event.

What are we trying to protect in Cloud Computing?

We often hear about Cloud computing being a “change in paradigm” in information technology. Some mention the ‘pay-per-use’ mode of usage, while others talk about the ‘elasticity of resources’. However, from the security and trust perspective, one subtle but significant paradigm change is often left unnoticed. And that is the shift from the focus on systems to the focus on data.

3 ways IT helps innovation

Can IT help enterprises innovate? I believe the answer is yes, and in different ways. Are you interested in understanding how? Well, you'll have to read the full blog entry to understand how. Let me know if you agree and whether I missed some. Hope you'll enjoy.

Labels: Cloud| Innovation

5 easy steps to building cloud success

man on stairs.jpgHaven’t dipped your toe into cloud computing yet? Even an organization starting from zero can start moving toward the cloud today. With a comprehensive plan, modular building blocks and a step-by-step approach, you can have a successful cloud project—one that is provisioned and operational in the shortest time. Just follow these five steps.


Labels: cloud computing

Cloud-based services will fight counterfeit drugs

Who says cloud computing is only for geeks? Much has been said about cloud computing and how it will save money and make IT department more efficient.  The truth is, the benefits of cloud computing go beyond dollars and cents.  It is not only providing commercial benefits, but it also is helping to save lives. 

Virtual desktop infrastructure for application challenges and your mobile strategy

Smart phones and tablets are enterprise desktops in a mobile form but many organizations are looking at ways to manage these devices like traditional desktops. In the interim, VDI allows this to happen.   

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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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  • 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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