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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….

Will cloud ever reach mainstream?

We've been speaking about cloud since 2007. But frankly, there is still a lot of hype. Actually the Gartner hype curve demonstrates this pretty well as it has kept cloud at or around the peak of inflated expectations for the last four years. Why is that the case? And will cloud ever move forward? Is the hype curve suited for a technology such as cloud? Let's try answering those questions.

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Friday November 7th, 2024,.... What if?

Cloud is spoken a lot about, cloud is getting wider adoption. Let's hope cloud really gets successful and moves our IT to the next paradigm. But what if it became really concentrated amongst a small amount of companies. I'm not a great story teller, but in this fiction, I'm trying to depict what could happen if.... Not that I want to scare anybody, but, I believe it's important we think through such scenarios. Isn't that scenario planning? So, are you ready... hang in there.

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4 steps to build a secure end-to-end cloud

Lack of transparency of how security is addressed in public cloud is one of the major barriers for cloud adoption. But what do we mean by security and how should security be addressed in a cloud environment. During the development of applications, during operations, key information has to be analysed to find key threats and take action. Interested in knowing how?

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In Cloud, it's definitely not 1 size fits all

Many cloud discussions are related around the subject, public cloud versus private cloud, as if it is an exclusive choice. The more I speak with customers, the more I think about this, the more I realize this is absolutely not true. In their quest of the best service at the lowest cost, companies will increasingly combine public and private cloud services with their existing legacy. You're interesting in knowing why?

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3 Ways to Integrate Cloud and Enterprise Data

Let's move applications to the public cloud, that's the future. Yes... but what do I do with my data. Unfortunately often applications are entangled with common data pools, so how do I keep integrating those datapools while migrating some applications to the cloud? Should I copy the data? Should I allow remote access? We often forget that aspect of things. The network becomes the bottleneck both from a speed and a financial perspective. Let's take a deep look at what is possible and how we can maintain the integrations needed to run our businesses.

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3 key reasons for Enterprise Cloud Services

Cloud is definitely NOT one size fits all, We should really look at cloud as a continuum. We all know about private and public cloud services. But do they really address all needs of enterprises. I will argue not. Potential security and compliance issues combined with lack of service level agreements and support make public cloud unsuitable for some workloads. But a number of enterprises do no longer want to run their own environments, so what could they use? Enterprise Cloud Services is a potential answer. You want to know why?

Apple or Google: which Cloud Vision will dominate?

I often participate in a forum, moderated by Peter Schooff for EBIZQ. He typically makes a statement and asks us to respond. About a month ago, Peter made a statement, and you know what, I had so much to say, I realized I was writing a full blog entry rather than just responding to his question. That is why I decided to publish my response separately. Here it is.

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Cloud Security: Could we learn from the hotel business?

In my last entry I talked about the lack of trust many CIO express for public cloud. The origin, lack of transparency. Understanding the need for discression regarding the technologies, processes and procedures used to ensure security of a public cloud, I take the thinking a little further. Could we learn from the hotel business? You're intrigued why I use that title, keep reading, you'll understand.

And if you happen to be at HP Discover, and you enjoy my contributions, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be there.

How could we trust public cloud services

CIO's keep highlighting the lack of security for justifying the non adoption of public cloud. Is it that they believe cloud services are not secure, or that, in absense of the appropriate understanding of what security procedures are in place, they do not trust the services? I believe it is the latter. How can we address that lack of trust? Here are some ideas...

What really is pay-per-use in cloud?

Cloud is all about pay-per-use, isn't it. Actually the term is at the center of most cloud devfinitions, even the NiST one. But in reality there are not many service providers that do pay-per-use. So, it's one of those myths that are associated with cloud. I took a moment to describe what really ahppens and how it relates to other types of services. Want to know more?

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Aggregation: The ultimate private cloud?

You remember HP's vision, the CIO becoming the strategic service broker? But what do we need to really make that vision reality. The ultimate concept is "aggregation". Is that the ultimate private cloud? Well lets take a minute to identify what we mean and discuss how we put that in place.

HP Summit, HP's Cloud Strategy disclosed

I had the opportunity to participate to HP's Industry Analyst Event. Let me take a minute to share some of my impressions. Both Cloud and WebOS were described in details. Want to know more...

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Analyzing “The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans”

Last week I read BusinessWeek’s cover story “The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans.” The Cloud (in the Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure sense of the term) is taking a position in the market, but to complement the existing world rather than to replace it. In medium to large enterprises business people will not pay for their critical IT services with credit cards any time soon. Start-ups are and will until they reach a certain critical mass when they will want to have more control over their own destiny. You disagree?

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The Strategic Service Broker and the Cloud Architecture

Lately we worked with a small team to develop HP's Cloud architecture. We started from the concept of the CIO being the Strategic Service Broker and included those principles in the architecture itself. Interested in knowing what we came up with?

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Can I put my Datacenter on Steroids?

Datacenters are known for their inefficiencies. Typically servers are used an average of 10 to 15% of the time. This leaves them consuming energy and heating up the environment way to often. Virtualization starts to address this. But is there a way to go further. We believe so. By thinking out of the box and use some new cloud concepts, drastically higher efficiencies can be reached. You want to know more?

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Multi-tenancy, oops, I said the word...

Multi-tenancy is one of those over-used words that mean different things to different people, making discussions difficult, guaranteeing headaches and mis-understandings. So, I took a shot at summarizing different aspects of multi-tenancy. Interested? keep reading.

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Private Cloud - Great! Now I’m a meteorologist!

570i1718C85406F37606Written by Mark Shoemaker

Mark Shoemaker is an HP Cloud Advisor and a 20-year industry veteran with experience covering the scope of cloud service management, cloud automation, visibility and control, bringing virtualization into the data center, standards, and public cloud versus private cloud considerations.

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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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  • 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.
  • 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 Xen.org 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
  • 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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