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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….

Discover how HP Cloud Maps can accelerate your ability to design and deploy cloud services

You have created your cloud infrastructure; and now everything is in place—well almost.  You have your service catalog online, but it is empty because you do not have any services to provision with. Traditionally you would have created these services yourself and they would have taken months of test to get them production ready. With HP Cloud Maps now you can fast track building your application service catalogue in minutes!


Come discover how HP Cloud Maps can accelerate your ability to design and deploy cloud services. Come and see Cloud Maps Demo @ HP Booth: Industry Analyst Summit 2013 currently running in Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.


HP welcomes IBM’s rhetoric around stronger OpenStack® support

Written by Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager of Converged Cloud for Hewlett Packard


The growth and market acceptance of OpenStack has been a journey.  One that HP has been closely involved with for nearly two years.  Our decision to leverage OpenStack for our cloud platform was not made lightly, and was based on our experience of deploying cloud solutions for several years prior to our OpenStack participation. In fact, we have thousands of customers using our cloud solutions and services, and those numbers are growing quickly. 

Find out what over 1/3 of the world uses to power their private and hybrid clouds…

I just got out of the HP Converged Cloud press conference here at HP Discover and there are some exciting enhancements that HP has announced specific to enterprise and service provider customers looking to build and manage cloud services.  After almost 2 years, HP now has over 850 CloudSystem customers in 75 countries…that’s over 1/3 of the world! 


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What’s new in the HP Cloud

If you are at VMworld 2012 today or just like to keep an eye open for new solutions supporting the cloud, here is summary of a new set off offerings from the HP’s Converged Cloud portfolio. These new solutions are mostly focused on VMware, providing users with solutions to easily transform traditional virtualization deployments into private and hybrid cloud environments with less risk and complexity.

HP CloudSystem: bringing real benefits to over 700 organizations around the world

It’s exciting to see the momentum of HP CloudSystem with over 700 customers to-date around the world, ranging from industries banking to healthcare to telecom.  Customers are building and managing private, public and hybrid environments to deliver cloud services powered by HP CloudSystem.

Building a Winning Cloud Service Launch Platform

Written by: Richard Arthur


In previous blogs I discussed factors in market segmentation and feedback from a recent summit concerning public cloud services being launched today. Those can be found here.   In this blog I assume you have some idea of which services you want to launch, now is time to think about your platform for launch. 


Many service providers have tools and portals in place for customer services that they will want to reuse.  However do not underestimate the flexibility requirements of a cloud services platform.   As we have seen time and time again in the Internet – knowing which services you want to launch today does not mean you know which ones you will need to launch (and retire!) in six months.   Flexibility at all levels in a Cloud services platform is critical.    Further, consistency for the end-customer will be critical.   End-customers will view you as a “one-stop shop” for cloud services and they need to have them presented that way.


Finally, an “all-in-one” cloud services platform will reduce risk and investment for each service being launched. 

Define or identify the roles in your organization that will be responsible, accountable, consulted, informed (RACI) for each part of the cloud services platform.

HP CloudSystem Matrix hybrid cloud and bursting support

On June 5, HP announced the release of CloudSystem Matrix 7.1 including Matrix OE 7.1. Starting with version 7.0, released earlier this year, Matrix OE could burst to Savvis as a service provider. Matrix OE 7.1 adds HP Cloud Services (OpenStack-based) and Amazon EC2  as service providers. But what is the value of bursting, and how does Matrix OE 7.1 provide value in a hybrid environment?

Managing Private and Hybrid Clouds

Written by: Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Service Automation


This week at Discover 2012, HP announced a new version of HP Cloud Service Automation, available as a core element of CloudSystem Enterprise or as a standalone software product, for managing private and hybrid clouds. As a key element in HP’s Converged Cloud strategy, HP Cloud Service Automation is the industry’s most comprehensive, unified solution for brokering and managing application and infrastructure services in private and hybrid clouds, helping IT organizations increase agility and reduce cost, via a self-service portal and highly-automated lifecycle management. 

Announcing HP CloudSystem Matrix 7.1

HP, my dedicated co-workers, and I are proud to announce HP CloudSystem Matrix and HP CloudSystem Matrix Software version 7.1 today. This release has a combination of new features as well as improvements to existing functionality. A lot of this work is based on ideas and feedback from our customers - so thank you for providing your input!


Some of the new features include:

Cloud is like life: Plenty of options, but which is the best for you, and your organization?

My 5 year old asked me today, “Why do I have to go to school?  Can’t I work and make money without going to school?”


How do you answer that?  Is it as simple as saying “YES!”, or does it need further explanation?


If you think of it simplistically – the end result is the same – to make money and support yourself.  However, the route to get there, and the quality of life would be different.


I think of cloud in the same way.  You can think of it one step at a time with piecemeal cloud solutions.  Or you can look at the bigger picture and have the end-game in sight so that each decision you make gets you one-step closer on your cloud journey to hybrid delivery. 


Caution: One Cloud may hide another. Don't be distracted by IaaS, SaaS is where it's at.

I read this article written by Richard Arthur yesterday and thought it would be worth promoting on the forum. It's a good read.


The cloud opportunity that service providers have today goes far beyond Infrastructure as a Service that (IaaS) offers that have already been launched globally. Gartner estimates that business process services represent $71.1 billion vs only $31 billion for IaaS. According to “” SaaS is 73% of the cloud market – including players such as Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Adobe Web connect and, presumably large enterprise players such as salesforce. Read the entire article...



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Expanding the HP CloudSystem Ecosystem

To drill into the detail a little more around the HP announcement event in Singapore Oct 18th, specifically around cloud, you will find new set of services and solutions that empower service providers and enterprises to rapidly deliver cloud services while leveraging existing investments, minimizing risk and lowering costs. 

HP CloudSystem and Cloud Advisors at InterOp New York

If InterOp – New York is on your list of events to follow or visit this week, I would encourage you to check out Steve Dietch’s Navigating cloud complexities presentation, Wednesday at 11.00 am eastern at InterOp-New York. Steve’s the VP of Cloud solutions and Infrastructure at HP and he always has a lot of very interesting insights to disclose on new activities that are happening in the cloud.

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.

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. 


More information on the HP Cloud Advisors go to



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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.

Convergence in the Cloud

This is a summary of a recently posted blogs written by Martin Hingley that you might find an interesting read.

HP Cloud Maps – Innovating in the cloud

HP Cloud Maps working within HP’s CloudSystem solution accelerate and automate deployment of cloud applications, with an easy-to-use navigation system to help organizations quickly build their own service catalogs. HP Cloud Maps can save days or even weeks of time architecting the infrastructure for applications and services. HP Cloud Maps leverage HP’s extensive intellectual property built up over 15 years of architecting environments.

HP CloudSystem - A single platform for private, public, and hybrid clouds

It’s a fact of life: cloud computing is hot. And when it comes to the use of cloud services, businesses

today are outpacing IT. Business users have been quick to recognize the cloud’s advantages in speeding innovation, accelerating business processes, and reducing time to revenue. They’re clamoring for greater cloud access, and in some cases even bypassing IT and signing up for public cloud services like those from Amazon and Microsoft®.

HP CloudStart - Your 30 day journey to the cloud, begins here!

For businesses looking to initiate their private cloud efforts, build an agile, scalable and extensible foundation, and launch an application-focused shared service environment, HP’s CloudStart solution delivers pre-integrated, pre-architected and fixed price offerings.

Why you need a cloud computing strategy and how to develop one

Written by Judy Redman

Does your company have a long-term strategy around cloud computing?   New research is showing that despite the groundswell of interest in cloud computing, Most companies have not mapped out a long-term strategy.  In fact, recent CRN and articles cite TPI research indicating that only five percent of companies have a strategic program for cloud computing.  

Are you HP Discover bound?

If you are going to HP Discover this year and are interested in new Cloud develops, there will be a lot of interesting things in store for you. On the exhibit floor you will find 9 specific Cloud demos in the Cloud Zone. These demos are made up of where to start your journey to the cloud with CloudStart, (a fully comprehensive, fixed rate, 30 day program to Cloud.)

HP CloudSystem Matrix – The Open Integrated Cloud

This is a great article I just spotted from a colleague of mine, Nick Vanderzweep, who highlights some of the advantages HP CloudSystem Matrix has over other vendor offerings. Nick writes “A while back I wrote a blog about how Cisco doesn’t have a Cloud offering like HP does with CloudSystem Matrix.  Some folks asked if UCS compares to Matrix and I cleared that up - No.  Then they asked if VCE compared to Matrix and again I stated that it did not compare to Matrix in that all VCE was is a bundle of servers, storage and networking from a loose coalition of vendors. It is not a Cloud.”

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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
  • Cloud and Automation solution architect in HP Software Research & Development.
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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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