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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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HP Channel Partners Open New Cloud Centers of Excellence in the US.

There are currently 19 HP Cloud Centers of Excellence demonstration sites are hosted by HP Partners in the US, where you can experience a variety of Cloud Computing solutions. Certified and skilled HP partners are at hand to demonstrate cloud solutions, capabilities and functionality. The CCoE sites are based upon the HP CloudSystem integrated platform of building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

3 Ways to Integrate Cloud and Enterprise Data

Let's move applications to the public cloud, that's the future. Yes... but what do I do with my data. Unfortunately often applications are entangled with common data pools, so how do I keep integrating those datapools while migrating some applications to the cloud? Should I copy the data? Should I allow remote access? We often forget that aspect of things. The network becomes the bottleneck both from a speed and a financial perspective. Let's take a deep look at what is possible and how we can maintain the integrations needed to run our businesses.

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SaaS in the Enterprise: All around the globe, it’s just the same, but different.

Research reveals drivers for, and adoption of, enterprises SaaS adoptions are largely similar across industries, but diverge by region. In this article, we explore the commonalities and the differences.

How Can Enterprise IT Embrace Public Cloud?

Last week, I blogged about when IT embraces public cloud as a strategic asset, it can drive more business flexibility and tighter business and IT alignment.  Of course, if exploiting public cloud was easy for everyone, there would be no divide between business and IT cloud adoption proven out by multiple industry analysts reports showing business is bypassing IT and adopting cloud 5 times faster than IT (and no need for this blog).  So, what’s the problem?

3 Keys to Harmonious IT Delivery: Cloud, Agile and Composite Applications

piano keys.jpgIf your enterprise is like most, you’re probably pursuing three key delivery trends that are changing the way enterprise IT brings applications to market: Agile development, composite applications and cloud computing. These initiatives share two primary objectives: cost reduction and better, faster outcomes. All three trends are intended to strip the latencies from traditional delivery and provide results that are more responsive to the business.


But are you doing so in concert?

Before and After

The world is full of before and after moments.  Sometimes you see them coming, other times you don't.  The IT industry is at one of those before and after moments, sitting on the cusp of a cloud computing future.

Public Cloud: 3 areas for differentiation

As an increasing number of companies propose public cloud Offerings, being able to differentiate becomes critical. Let’s go back to basics for a moment to understand where innovations are possible. Fundamentally, a cloud Consists of three components, one or multiple datacenters, a network and a “zillion” number of devices. That’s what it’s all about, the components and their interaction. Ultimately the user is interested in the end-to-end experience, regardless of the components. How does everything work together?

Research shows cyber crime costs the same for cloud and non-cloud enterprises

 According to The Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study, companies who are “significant” users of public or hybrid cloud (including software, infrastructure and platform services) did not have statistically higher cyber crime costs than companies who have not yet ventured into cloud technologies.  Does this mean that the perceived notion that cloud computing is more susceptible to cyber crime is just another urban myth? 


Other study findings about the harsh reality of rising cyber crime include: 


  • Companies participating in the study averaged 72 attacks per week.
  •  Malicious code, denial of service, stolen or hijacked devices and malicious insiders are the most costly cyber crimes.
  • The longer it takes the IT department to resolve the attacks, the more costly they are. 
  •  Malicious insider attacks can take more than 45 days on average to resolve.


The Two Sides of the Public Cloud

Public clouds are great solutions.  Need more capacity in a pinch? Need to bring that new service online yesterday?  Go to a public cloud,  sign up for an account, hand over the corporate card and you’re done.  Public cloud are great for business…. right?

3 key reasons for Enterprise Cloud Services

Cloud is definitely NOT one size fits all, We should really look at cloud as a continuum. We all know about private and public cloud services. But do they really address all needs of enterprises. I will argue not. Potential security and compliance issues combined with lack of service level agreements and support make public cloud unsuitable for some workloads. But a number of enterprises do no longer want to run their own environments, so what could they use? Enterprise Cloud Services is a potential answer. You want to know why?

Flogger: First Steps to Tracing Files and Information in the Cloud

Trust is one of the main obstacles to widespread Cloud adoption. In order to increase trust in Cloud computing, we need to increase transparency and accountability of data in the Cloud for both enterprises and end-users. However, current system tools are unable to log file accesses and transfers effectively within a Cloud environment. The TrustCloud research team at HP Labs Singapore has developed the initial proofs-of-concept for Flogger, a novel file-centric logger suitable for both private and public Cloud environments. 

HP Cloud Advisors at VMworld 2011

After all the buzz at VMworld 2011 last week, I thought it would be useful to put a brief summary of the HP Cloud Advisors activities during week. I know not everybody had an opportunity to attend the show, so I hope this summary will be useful hearing directly from what the top experts in cloud computing are saying in these YouTube videos. 


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Cloud ROI, 5 areas of returns

Many enterprises lean to migrating to private cloud, but struggle to justify the investment. Some infrastructure and tool providers tend to position server virtualization as cloud and point to the benefits gained by virtualizing the environment. But we all know cloud is more than that. I'm pointing to five areas where migrating to cloud can help you save money. These can result in real savings. Obviously, cloud offer many other advantages such as responsiveness and agility of the organization, unfortunately those are harder to quantify. So let's look at how increases in server efficiency and storage efficiency, operation and call center/helpdesk staff reduction and better license key management can help you justify your investment.

U.S. Federal Agencies, IT Governance and the Cloud

_davidWray_large.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

(As CTO of HP’s Federal Professional Service Organization, David consults with U.S. federal agencies, provides CIO advisory services, runs workshops on portfolio and project management, and helps develop capability roadmaps for improving functionality over time. David has over 25 years of experience in designing and implementing software solutions. ) 



In alignment with the US Federal CIO’s IT Reform Plan announced in December 2010, federal agencies are beginning to fund and kickoff required shared service initiatives to meet established performance goals as set forth by the Obama Administration.  Agencies must move at least one application to the cloud [by December of 2011, in addition to implementing a “cloud first” policy to assure that when appropriate, future applications are cloud-based. (As is the case with the private sector, the promise of significant cost-savings and increased efficiencies by outsourcing services to the Cloud is driving this initiative. 

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