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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….

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)

The time is now to automate!

Time is now_2.jpg IT administrators have enough to do besides manually provisioning OS servers. Here is how HP Server Automation simplifies the process with out-of-the-box components and content. The time is now to automate!


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl

Managing the bottom line for cloud services

G8658097032008_JPGHighres_96dpi_800x600.png There’s no way around it: IT is part of a business and that means IT projects must either save money or help make money. This is no less true for organizations that transition into cloud service brokers. Here are some important considerations for taking fiscal responsibility for this operating model. Read on to learn more!


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


Editor's Note : This is the sixth in a series of thought leadership blog posts on the seven things you need to know about becoming a successful cloud services broker.


Must see Automation and Cloud Management sessions at HP Discover!



Do you have your HP Discover Barcelona schedule filled out yet? If you are looking for some “can’t miss” suggestions keep reading. I know that you are looking to fill your week with exciting and educational sessions!




Keep reading to find out how you can learn more about HP's Automation, Orchestration and Transform software solutions.  This is also your opportunity to meet one-on-one with our experts and get any questions answered.


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

How HP’s CloudSystem Enterprise 50 Pack changes the game

It’s now easier than ever to adopt a Platform as a Service (PaaS) model that addresses not only infrastructure components, but also all of the database and application layers. As HP Discover 2013 breakout sessions by HP customers McKesson (BB1280) and Lloyds Banking Group (BB2682) will reveal, CloudSystem Enterprise is opening up new opportunities for enterprises to take major steps forward in their operations.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas

Slaying the Beast: How Automation Ensures Sustainable IT Compliance

Compliance can be a ticking time bomb for many IT organizations. If leaders are not losing sleep—or maybe their job—over the possibility of failing an audit, they are exposing the business to severe risks. I’m not just talking about the substantial time and money typically required to remediate non-compliant assets. If non-compliant technology leads to data leaks, it could also mean millions of dollars in fines, lost revenue, and irreparable damage to the brand.


Keep reading to find out how automation can help you get compliant.



by Andy Mackay, Sr. Product Marketing Manager – HP Software

How a Center of Excellence helps align technology, people and processes with automation

COE2.pngThe drive towards greater process automation in IT is a transformation that will require more than just technology. In order to make IT automation initiatives a success, IT must make not just implement technology, but also usher in adaptations to how people and processes work. Find out why a Center of Excellence is an effective way to align these three factors, and how to make it work for your company.


By Ravi Srinivasan, Sr. Product Manager — HP Cloud and 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.
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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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