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….

A CIO Discussion on Hybrid Cloud Delivery

By Michael Zuber, HP Cloud Leader (Americas)


At HP Discover in Vegas, we recently announced the availability of HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite (CSE Starter Suite).


Powered by HP Cloud Service Automation, and integrated with HP CloudSystem Matrix, CSE Starter Suite was built to allow enterprises to take their first steps in delivering more advanced platform and application services. Now enterprises can rapidly deliver for the hybrid cloud.  CSE Starter Suite provides an integrated cloud management platform that allows enterprises be a broker of enterprise-grade cloud services.


Keep reading to find out how we provide further perspectives of this game changing technology. We will examine how/why CSE Starter Suite empowers enterprises with the ability to adopt Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), at or near the same cost as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).


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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.

What’s new with HP CSA3.2? – Heterogeneous Support

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


In the cloud era, most enterprises are rightfully wary of vendor lock-in. Find out how HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) enables enterprises with greater choice and flexibility in the cloud platforms and technologies they use.


Example of increased heterogeneous support that HP CSA offers includes KVM, VMware and Microsoft hypervisors, in addition to Amazon EC2 public cloud resource and HP Public Cloud Services.




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.

New! HP CSA3.2 - Intelligent Resource Utilization

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


On May 13 2013, we announced the release of HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 (CSA). As described in an earlier post, the latest version of HP CSA has three big areas of improvement. Over the next few weeks, we will dive into each area, and examine how these improvements help cloud administrators better manage their ever-changing environment of application and software services. In this article, we will discuss the use of Intelligent Resource Utilization with HP CSA. 


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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.

NEW! HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite at HP Discover

In an earlier article, we spoke of getting control of IT’s complexity through the use of HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 (CSA). Now you can learn how enterprise IT will now be able to easily provision and manage a full range of hybrid cloud services quickly with the use of CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite.


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Next, come and see CloudSystem Enterprise live in action at HP Discover in Vegas. Hear from actual customers (e.g. McKesson Corp., Lloyd Banking Group, Verizon) who have taken the leap to CloudSystem Enterprise. From their experiences, appreciate why CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite was designed to help enterprise IT get started as an enterprise-grade cloud service broker.

How easy is it to integrate with HP CSA? Find out at HP Discover!

IT organizations are increasingly shifting their infrastructure to cloud-based service delivery models—whether they are private, public or hybrid. Many are seeking ways to integrate existing, trusted enterprise IT management platforms into these cloud environments.


Keep reading to find out how to make the most of these cloud environments. Then come join us at HP Discover in Vegas, to see some of these cloud integrations live in action.



At HP Discover: Delivering customized cloud service catalogs to business users

I have been talking to you for the past few weeks about the new HP Cloud Service Automation lifecycle Management for application infrastructure services. Now you have the opportunity to hear about our services from those that know them best—our customers!


In the breakout sessions at HP Discover (session BB2981), you can hear how Verizon IT (as a result of the partnership built on HP CloudSystem Enterprise and HP Cloud Service Automation) is now realizing a  reduction in deployment time, increased resource utilization, avoidance of failures due to human error and increased compliance with policies.


What else can you discover about these new solutions in Las Vegas? Well, I guess you will have to keep reading to find out !



A glimpse into Cloud and Automation Management sessions at HP Discover

We recently announced a new suite of HP Software Automation, Orchestration and Cloud Management Software. Now you can automate end-end platform and application delivery. You can also Build, orchestrate and broker cloud services. Now you can learn more about them at HP Discover in Vegas.


We will be offering product breakout tracks by subject matter experts and customer-led solution discussions There will also be round tables and demo theatre sessions filled with cloud-related information.  Keep reading to get a sneak peak at what is in store for you at HP Discover.



Live at HP Discover : A new set of Cloud and Automation Management Solutions !

Imagine being able to automate your end-to-end platform and application delivery. Or, have the ability to build, orchestrate and broker cloud services. Now you will have the opportunity to see your dreams become reality with  HP Software’s new set of Automation, Orchestration and Cloud Management solutions in action at HP Discover in Vegas.


This set of solutions was designed to support heterogeneity out of the box and attain new levels of IT efficiencies. These solutions offer enterprises:


  • Agility in delivering application services and
  • Scale by automating end-to-end application delivery as well as 
  • Building, orchestrating and brokering hybrid cloud services.

They are integrated, comprehensive offerings that deliver on choice, confidence and consistency for the enterprise-grade cloud service broker.


Read on to find out what is in store for you at HP Discover, including how you can win the new HP Slate7.



Cloud service design portability -value redefined

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) has made designing cloud services from scratch a simple and straightforward process; but what happens if your enterprise is running on multiple systems? How can you export and import service designs, so that you can reuse and customize existing designs between different instances? How do we ensure that service designs provided do not remain stagnant over time?


Read on to find out how HP CSA has helped raise the bar in the way service designs are created and used. We will also uncover how service designs with HP CSA continue to grow in value over time.




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.

Staging cloud resources with the power of templates

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Why create something from scratch when you can work from a plan that already works? HP Cloud Service Automation features many templates—and more are released monthly—for mounting new types of resource providers of cloud environments. Keep reading to learn how to use them to simplify setup and provisioning of your cloud service.




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.


How many sources does your Cloud come from ?

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Inside most large enterprises, IT organizations are responsible for administering multiple types of cloud environments. In some cases the cloud environments are from the same provider, but often they come from multiple sources—keeping track of them all can feel like a pair of shackles.


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Luckily, HP Cloud Service Automation organizes all of these resource providers into one system. Now you can  manage and bind them to specific service designs, which can then be presented as part of a service catalog for business users.


Keep reading to find out how you can free your IT staff from the drudgery of maintain Cloud services.



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.

Accelerate your Cloud adoption with CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service

Accelerate your deployment as a cloud service broker with CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service. It will  be made available starting  April 1, 2013. 


It was designed to set up a solid foundation for customers of HP CloudSystem Matrix. Continue reading to learn how CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Service ensures that your process of delivering cloud services is done right. This is accomplished by starting from the very first step. 


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Streamlining Cloud Service Design Using HP Cloud Service Automation

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Provisioning cloud services to business users needs to be an efficient, yet still customizable process. The faster that administrators are able to respond to requests—or better yet, proactively satisfy their businesses specific needs for cloud computing resources—the more likely that lines of business will not attempt to work outside of approved Corporate IT policies and engage in “Shadow IT”.


Continue reading to learn how administrators use HP Cloud Service Automation to design cloud services with integrated workflows, and provision cloud services for a wide range of private, managed and public cloud resources.


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.

Taking 5 steps forward to Cloud Automation

You were just called into a staff meeting in the morning, where you were told by your CIO that your capital budget has been decidedly halved. Seated in your windowless office cubicle of your data centre, you look at the rows of networking equipment overflowing from their rack space and wonder how you will manage this IT sprawl.


You now have half the budget and yet your data increases daily. Keep reading to see if there is a light at the end of this tunnel.


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Protect your DevOps investments with Continuous Delivery Automation today!

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation is disrupting the IT industry today. But, it also brings many opportunities for advances in the IT department. Every day, we see new and innovative solutions emerge in the marketplace. And while these solutions enable customers to be more productive and efficient, there may also be hidden costs associated –unintended results and undesired consequences.


For example, when onboarding new applications and solutions, customers realize that they need to re-tool their environment.  Some times this means retiring an existing tool that the business is familiar with, and is still serving them well. These are added costs and a resistance to change that IT can do without.


Continue reading to learn how HP Continuous Delivery Automation protects your organization from such fail points when onboarding new applications. 

Become a Cloud Service broker with the new CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite today !

Unlock your potential as a broker of cloud services, for both IT and line of business users. Now you can open doors with the new HP CloudSystem Enterprise Starter Suite, available today 01st March 2013. Leverage the benefits of CloudSystem Matrix, integrated with HP Cloud Service Automation. 


Learn how as a broker of Cloud Services, you can deploy a full range of services models (PaaS/SaaS and IaaS) delivered to IT as well as the line of business teams. Keep reading to find out the best service model for you.



Cloud Service Model in a XaaS world

As cloud computing evolves, the integration of cloud services can be too complex for IT to manage across a private and/or hybrid cloud environment.  So what should you do to keep pace and reduce complexity? 


The first step is to learn about the different cloud service models that IT is expected to support, and the scope of work behind each of these cloud service models. Continue reading to find out more about the full range of cloud services you can expect from HP Cloud Service Automation.

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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.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 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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