Grounded in the Cloud
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….

HP Helion Week in Review: July 5 – July 11

479516755.jpgWelcome 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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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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HP Helion at HP Discover: Must Attend Cloud Sessions

helion.pngAttending HP Discover? Be sure to attend HP Helion sessions to learn how cloud is a key component of your enterprise's future. In this blog, I highlight a series of sessions that I strongly recommend you attend.

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3 roadblocks to avoid in your cloud journey

Challenges ahead.jpgUse cloud to transform your business. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not that easy.  You need to think about more than technical issues. Culture, processes, skill sets, and change management all play a strategic role in smoothing your path to the cloud.  What happens when you neglect these factors?

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Industry’s #1 ranked private cloud just got better


In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Forrester Wave recognized HP for being the only “leader” in its private cloud study.


Thankfully, we don’t sit idle. We decided to improve upon that rating with the release of the next-generation HP CloudSystem. Keep reading to find out how these improvements will help you. 

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Behind the Scenes Interview with HP Product Management on CloudSystem Launch


The HP Tech Talk series offers detailed information on HP Cloud solutions directly from our leading product managers on their specific products. Led by SDRNews, HP Tech Talk provides in-depth behind the scenes interviews to provide our customes and partners with the latest on our cloud solutions.


For more on the HP CloudSystem release, watch the video wtih Mike Vergudo, HP Sr. Director, Product Management.

HP Global Partner Conference: 1+1 = 3


Next week, HP welcomes our global partner community to Las Vegas for the Global Partner Conference.  Working together, HP and our partners deliver customers the latest solutions and technologies to meet the new style of IT. 

Learn more about HP Cloud's activities at this event.

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What’s in your cloud? A holistic management for service providers

cloud management.pngThe role of service providers has changed drastically over the past five years.  The major force that created these changes was the evolution of Cloud Computing.

As a result, we have a disjointed system of traditional IT mixed with virtualized systems.


Keep reading to find out how HP solves the problems associated with this type of system and how we can help service providers better serve the enterprise.


Guest post by Alain Decartes, Strategic Software Initiatives Lead, Cloud and Service Providers, HP Software Marketing

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OpenStack Online Meetups: Global Education on the Web


HP and Mirantis jointly offer the OpenStack community a web-based meetup group covering a wide range of technical topics within the community. Learn more about this educadtional opportunity to not only learn more but also share your knowledge globally. 


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HP IT accelerates service delivery with hybrid clouds

20130130_OFFICE_GUYS_TALKING-424.jpgHP Cloud Service Automation is transforming the way IT is utilizing cloud technology. The most amazing transformation has been within HP's own environment!


Keep reading to find out how Cloud Service Automation is revolutionizing HP IT.  

HP Cloud Security Research: What Does the Market Think?

P6210042.JPGThe HP Cloud team recently completed a global cloud security survey to better understand how cloud customers and technologists not yet leveraging the cloud view security. The results of this survey are now available.


Continue reading to learn the results and how your organization compares.

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The Big Data Hadoop Market Overview and Why MapR Is A Leader

mapr.jpgGuest post from HP Cloud partner MapR on their ranking in the newly released Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014 report. 



Docker, OpenStack, and HP Cloud—looking to the future


Have you experienced a moment where you are so busy at the moment with the current technology, that you aren’t looking ahead to what’s next?


I would like to introduce you to Docker—an open source project that is quickly gaining momentum with cloud and virtualization technologists. Keep reading to find out how it works and what it means for you. 

Mobility and Cloud come together at Mobile World Congress

Emailsignature.jpgJoin the HP Cloud team in Barcelona next week for Mobile World Congress 2014. With over 75,000 attendees this event is your opportunity to see how we are providing the infrastructure to delivery mobile applications to users around the world. 


Keep reading for more on our sessions and booth at the event. 

Miron Mizrahi podcast on customers, the cloud journey, and HP service offerings

Cloud_Mountain.JPGHP Cloud Professional Services has a variety of offerings to assist customers looking to better understand their options for cloud computing. These programs enable customers to obtain a unique cloud roadmap for their business. 


In this blog, Miron Mizrahi from HP Cloud Professional Services discusses one such program: the HP Cloud Workshop. His experience working with many HP cloud customers provides insight into the issues faced by customers and how the HP Cloud Workshop delivers exactly what the customer is looking for.

Cloud Computing and Chinese Restaurants in the latest HP Cloud Tech Talk

sdrnews.pngIn today's HP Cloud Tech Talk, John McDermott from HP Cloud Education Services talks with Andy McCaskey about the importance of experience first hand how a hybrid cloud delivery model can radicaly transform your IT operations. 

Continuing the conversation: Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly

cloud from sky.jpgGetting an application for a mobile device is as easy as “click, pay and use.” Your business users enjoy this experience on their personal devices and now they are demanding that you give it to them within the business as well.


If you deny the existence of this undercurrent of discontent, you risk becoming irrelevant.  If you don’t meet the users’ requests, they will look outside your organization for the services and experience they desire.


Keep reading to find out how you can achieve customer satisfaction while maintaining your IT presence and control.

Road to Open Cloud Conference Travels to Southeast Asia

2.14-Road-to-Open-Cloud.jpgDevelopers and IT technologists interested in cloud computing and OpenStack are invited to join HP in the Road to Open Cloud series of events starting next week. This kickoff is starting in Hong Kong next week followed by several other major cities in Southeast Asia. 


Keep reading complete details

Labels: Asia| Cloud| Developer| Event

HP Cloud is heading to SCaLE 12x!


The HP Cloud team is getting ready for the twelfth annual Southern California Linux Expo. The event is happening February 21-23 in Los Angeles.


Keep reading to find out where we will be and how you can connect to get all of your cloud questions answered. 

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4 Steps to Automate Server Patching

20130201_RS_FACTORY_017P3601.jpgKeeping servers in compliance with updated patches is an essential part of maintaining a secure and reliable IT environment. But manual lifecycle server management for hundreds or thousands of servers can quickly overwhelm an organization, and expose it to errors and inconsistencies. Here is how to automate the entire process to become more efficient and accurate.



With written contribution by Andy Mackay (HP Software Product Marketing)

Make Your Move with Software Licensing Advisory Services for Cloud

83313297b.jpgDo you know the licensing implications of cloud services or moving between on- and off-premise software solutions?  HP offers a Software Licensing Advisory Service for Cloud customers who need assistance in navigating this complex issue.


Read more to learn more about this HP offering. 

Hands-On Experience Running a Global Cloud Enterprise

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HP Cloud Education Services offers enterprise customers a valuable opportunity for in-house training on the economics of global cloud computing. The HP Cloud Simulation Tool offers customers a holistic understanding and immediate realization of the benefits of cloud can computer. 


Learn more about this service in Podcast and Video format. 

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Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly

cloud from sky.jpgI recently read  a recent article, “Nine Questions for Andy Jassy, Head of Amazon Web Services,” where the cloud evangelist prepares to regale a Las Vegas re:Invent conference audience, his observation is that Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly.


After taking a few deep breaths, I expanded on his thoughts. Keep reading to see what my thoughts are on this topic.  

Terence Ngai Takes the Stage at HP World Mexico


On February 5th, the HP World Tour 2014 event travels to Mexico City for an interactive experience with HP executives and technology. The HP Cloud team is taking part in this global tour with a variety of cloud sessions to enhance your understanding of the technology and how it can enable substantial enhancements to your business.


To ensure you get the complete HP Cloud story, I encourage you to attend the session delivered by Terence Ngai, Director of Global Marketing, HP Cloud titled Cloud spotlight: Transform your enterprise with hybrid service delivery.


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Best practices for decommissioning cloud service resources

HP - Cloud - Reister - decommissioning graphic3.pngManaging the resources that create cloud services is important for maintaining a properly functioning cloud environment. Here is how what to do when decommissioning services so no resource is left behind.


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By Sebastien Reister, HP Senior Cloud Architect

HP Talks Enterprise-grade Cloud and Open Source at OpenStack Enterprise Forum


HP took part in the OpenStack: Breaking into the Enterprise Forum as a sponsor and participant in the Q&A disucssion with Lydia Leong from Gartner. Video interviews from the event are included in this blog.  

Labels: Cloud| Event| OpenStack

Are you looking to stay in your comfort zone or do you have a desire for change?

comfort zone.jpgImagine what life would be like if you never tackled any adventures or pushed yourself beyond your limits.  You would never know what you could accomplish or how brave you truly are.


The same applies to your business. If your business constantly remains in the “safe zone” you may miss out on opportunities for growth. Keep reading to find out how you can reach for the stars and step outside of your comfort zone.


Is your business “fit” enough to win?

Rocky.jpgTen notes. That is all it takes to identify one of the most iconic movie scores in history –Rocky.


I love this movie—and it is not simply because I was born in Philadelphia. I love the message about being the underdog, training hard and (sometimes) beating your opponent.


The same is true with your IT Infrastructure. Think about how “fit” your IT infrastructure is currently and what you may need to do to be prepared for your business to win and be successful. Keep reading to find out what is involved in your training regimen.


Do you know how to pick innovative partners with clarity for cloud?

clarity.jpgAs we look to the future of Cloud, how will your needs be met. According to research performed by Gartner, it is predicted that at least 20 percent of all cloud services will be consumed via internal or external cloud service brokerages, rather than directly.


Meeting the demands of these upcoming Cloud demands is going to require innovation now. Keep reading to find out what we are doing today to prepare you for the future.

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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
  • HP Software Cloud and Automation solution architect serving largest customers in Europe, now leading the Community team for HP Operations Orchestration.
  • I've devoted more than a decade to writing about technology products, solutions and services.
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  • Jim is a technology marketer with over two decades experience in product launch, branding, and product marketing
  • 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.
  • Ortega has been working for HP for 7 years across their Global Marketing organization. "Tega" is an HP Cloud Senior Marketing leader accelerating messaging around HP Cloud Solutions. Her professional passions range from but are not limited to: globalized messaging on cloud solutions, learning from, interacting with, & influencing enterprise executives in their IT & business model investment strategies. Tega enjoys sharing her social media voice, global network experience, and innovative thoughts. In addition, she keeps her followers connected on world events, industry trends, & global demands that impact the need for technology solutions. Her professional passion stems in outreach to decision makers from startups to enterprise who want to change the world. Tega offers inspiration to her followers that they embrace becoming or comtinue to expand as "forward thinkers". Let's do this! Your enterprise is counting on you.
  • 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
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