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 eats its own dog food with HP Cloud solutions (Part 2)

scan.jpgThe Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce states that the counterfeiting industry accounts for an estimated $600 billion a year of world trade. Consumers who purchase counterfeit products suffer from inferior product quality and value, and their satisfaction could be greatly impacted. For manufacturers of genuine products, counterfeiting poses a challenge in revenue loss, brand erosion and declining customer loyalty.


Keep reading to find out how HP is using cloud to help fight this battle.

Can your e-Commerce website handle one million concurrent users, or even 100 K users? Find out!

If you are anticipating busy online holiday shopping season, you know the stress I am talking about. You know customers are going to be clamoring for your products. You also know that a large amount of your sales are going to come from your website—is it ready?


The key to making sure your web portal has the capacity to endure the pressure of that many users is to run a test scenario. But what is the best way to do this? Keep reading to find out how to properly conduct a load test and check the stability of your site.

Finding the safest place for your software—on-site or SaaS

When you board a plane do you look for cracks in the wing before you get on? (I know I do!) What about your tires, do you check for correct tire pressure every time you drive? (Of course you don’t, you have places to go and people to see.)


With this scenario in mind, why is it that we only truly feel secure when we are in control? Keep reading to find out how this phenomenon translates to IT.

5 key questions to ask when implementing Software as a Service

Software as a Service (SaaS) is often part of the answer to address many IT concerns, but are you asking the right questions? Keep reading to find out my top questions to find out if SaaS is the appropriate solution for you.

Why the CFO needs to be involved in cloud decision-making

Contrary to popular opinion, the finance department is not the enemy. In this post, you’ll read why by working together, the goals of both IT and finance can be realized with Software as a Service and cloud computing.

Labels: CFO| CIO| Cloud| finance| IT| SaaS

SaaS: The cure for IT indigestion

fizz.jpgOh, you know the pain of indigestion - the burning and the ache. And if you are an IT professional you also know the pain of IT-induced indigestion.


Now there is relief from IT-indigestion: Software as a Service! Continue reading to find out how SaaS can quickly ease your pain .


When the business asks for cloud, start the conversation with automation

Cloudsystem enterprise.pngHow should an IT leader respond when a business executive requests more of the Cloud? Here’s what I recommend IT professionals do to get a clear understanding of what it is they’re really looking for, by breaking down “Cloud” into its base components and showing how Automation can be key to delivering the value the business wants.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas


Improve the administration of your cloud services

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Imagine what you could do with the power of HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA).  You could evolve your existing infrastructure and virtualized environments into scalable cloud services. You could respond to changing business demands quickly and economically while realizing faster time-to-value. 


Now your dreams can be a reality with CSA. To take your first steps as an Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service Broker to IT and Line of Business Users, continue reading to uncover how to harness the power of CSA. In the coming weeks, we will provide a practitioner’s view of the key factors you need to consider, as you plan your journey to be a cloud service broker.


For now, learn how you can use HP CSA to improve the administration of your cloud services.

HP CloudSystem and Partners: Which cloud management tool to use?

Over the past couple of weeks, HP has announced several HP CloudSystem enhancements that focus on working with partners - particularly VMware and Microsoft. I also had the opportunity to spend time speaking with a number of customers on the show floor at VMworld last week.


One of the key questions I got was the difference between VMware's cloud management products and HP's CloudSystem. The same question of course applies to comparing Microsoft's cloud management products versus HP's CloudSystem.

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.

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. 

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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SaaS soared at HP Discover Vienna 2011

HP Discover's third day indicates we are at the end. Or is it the beginning of something else?

Labels: ALM| BSM| HP Discover| SaaS

Day 2. Feeling insecure?

Our desire to feel secure and in control is preventing many from freely embracing SaaS and Cloud. But with HP SaaS and HP Labs, you can sleep better.

HP Discover Vienna, Day One

Fortunately many here at HP Discover in Austria speak English fluently so it is easy for me to get around. But what happens when we don't all speak the same language when talking about SaaS?

Labels: ALM| BSM| SaaS

What to look for in a SaaS-based ALM solution

Many organizations are increasingly turning to Application Lifecycle Management delivered as software as a service (SaaS). Software development today often presents more challenges than traditional ALM solutions are equipped to handle. The SaaS model, with its flexibility and built-in scalability, may answer those challenges head-on. Here’s what to look for in a SaaS-based ALM solution.

Labels: SaaS

SaaS adoption size–much larger than you think

I was listening to a presentation by Jocelyn DeGance Graham (Twitter: @JocelynDG) from Grail Research called SaaS Adoption Trends. Her presentation, which I agree with


Labels: SaaS

SaaS, Cloud, and Jobs

Another election cycle, another quickly forgotten mandate to address job growth. IT managers understand this as the popularity of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service grows, naturally they are thinking, what does this mean for the jobs of my team? For my job?

Labels: SaaS

Is SaaS part of Cloud Computing?

I was reading the article SaaS, Paas, IaaS: Which of These Things is not Like thefacebook-logo.jpgOthers? By: JP Morgenthal. He mentions a conversation on – Is Facebook a Cloud? He sits on the side of "no". I respectfully disagree.


In these discussions, I always start with the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) definition of cloud computing. We in the U.S.A. pay taxes to for their work so we should take advantage of those tax dollars.

Labels: SaaS

Business Service Management and SaaS

I was reading a post by Dennis Drogseth, BSM versus Cloud – which is the larger idea?, and it caused me to think of the relationship between the two.

I was reading a post by Dennis Drogseth, BSM versus Cloud – which is the larger idea?, and it caused me to think of the relationship between the two. I know Dennis from my Network Management Center and Business Availability Center days as product manager and a product marketer – he’s a sharp guy.

Business Service Management (BSM) is about managing IT from the perspective of an end user or business service (ex: purchase order lookup). In the graphic below you see each of the IT silo can say “hey we had very little downtime”. The end-user, however, sees a much different picture. Companies get to BSM along their evolution of IT maturity from chaotic management in silos (one of the big analysts did a nice paper on IT evolution) to proactive management.

The question is can you go to SaaS without having evolved to BSM.  If your IT shop focuses on networks and servers, are they ready for the move to SaaS where by definition you are getting a service and have little or no access to the underlying infrastructure.

For a brand new company that only uses SaaS, its easy – they have never had anything else. For companies that are managing their own infrastructure at the silo level - not so easy. They’ll need a new set of tools.

I agree with Dennis that BSM is the larger idea – you can have BSM with or without SaaS (or as Dennis used Cloud). You can’t have SaaS without BSM unless you are not going to bother monitoring.

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Of Saabs and SaaS

"Quirky" describes certain features of my Saab that make it odd but endearing. However, "quirky", when used to describe SaaS solutions lacking sufficient APIs, is not endearing. It is just bad business.

Drilling down to the key benefit of SaaS

The argument for SaaS over on-premise business models has historically been fought over attributes, when the real differentiator is actually customer service.

HP SaaS and Application Security; A Q&A With an Expert.

Why do enterprise customers trust HP SaaS with crucial security assessments? What is unique about HP Application Security Center on SaaS? What can we expect in 2011? Listen what HP SaaS Product Manager Kathy Lam has to say.

Why businesses of all sizes have their heads in the cloud

We’ve talked recently about the research out there showing that cloud computing and SaaS are real and make sense for business. Recently a couple of articles have pointed out that cloud computing is ideally suited not just to enterprises but for the midsize and the small business as well.  Here's why.

How-to and best practice presentations on Cloud, SaaS now available

At our recent HP Software Universe held in June in Washington, D.C. some of the best attended sessions focused on Cloud and SaaS, including sessions on data protection in the cloud, security in the cloud, best practices in the cloud and more. There were even several sessions tailored to the telecom industry and how this industry can become public cloud providers.


But never fear, if you missed Software Universe, you can still view all the presentations on cloud and software-as-service. Our social media team just posted a number of these presentations on the HP Software Solutions channel on SlideShare.  I thought you might be interested in viewing them. Some are presentations by customers, some by HP Software & Solutions experts and others by industry experts.


And, if your interests lie beyond just cloud computing, choose from any of the 187 presentations now available to the world on

Let us know if you found these presentations useful and if you would like us to continue posting them.


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SaaS Is Dead. Long Live SaaS!

Over the rumble of the tremendous growth of SaaS over the past decade, there can be heard a distant stirring of voices in the software industry that says SaaS, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, is in fact ‘dead’. To paraphrase a former President, that all depends on what your definition of 'dead', is.
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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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  • 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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