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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….

Cloud is of "No Relevance" say IT managers. Why?

I scan the internet quite often to look at what is being said about Cloud. The other day, I ran into a thought-provoking article titled “Cloud has ‘no relevance’ say three-quarters of IT managers.” A report published by risk consultancy Protiviti, who interviewed 100 UK IT managers, state that 74 percent thought that cloud computing had no relevance to their business.

Cool videos from the Master the Cloud roadshow in Montreal, Canada

As you can probably tell I am kicking myself for having been delayed catching my connection and ultimately missing my flight up to Montreal to participate in the cloud roadshow. Oh well, I get another chance this Tuesday when the third venue pulls into Toronto, Canada.


If you are interested in watching cloud videos, here is a collection of 3 that were filmed at the event (2 more to follow). Two were filmed with HP’s Cloud Advisors that were filmed with our cloud advisors that were present at the event, and the other with Raffal Los, chief security evangelist with HP software.

Predictions for 2012

First of all, happy New Year to you and your family as this is my first blog entry of the year on this blog. It’s the time of the year when we look back at the previous year and make predictions. On the CloudSource blog I reviewed predictions from many sources and came up with 5 cloud related themes for 2012. Here I want to be a little more daring and give you my 10 personal predictions for the year.

Lack of Transparency in Public Cloud

For the last several months I have been working with collegues from other IT companies on defining what we should do to address the trust issues related to using public cloud in larger enterprises. I am advocating that one of the main reasons for the lack of trust is the lack of transparency in the public cloud. Some disagree and don't see an issue. This is why I decided to discuss this with a wider audience. Do you agree with me that public cloud lacks transparency?

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’s Cloud Strategy, 3 pillars to address varying needs

I keep reading about people not understanding HP's cloud strategy. It seems difficult to put individual announcements in perspective, or is is just a lack of realization that HP addresses many of the cloud needs in the market. So, I took the liberty to explain HP's cloud strategy in all its aspects, trying to put the different elements in context. If you are interested in understanding what we do, take a minute to read this entry. It should give you a real good understanding of where we are and what we try to achieve.

Public Cloud: 3 areas for differentiation

As an increasing number of companies propose public cloud Offerings, being able to differentiate becomes critical. Let’s go back to basics for a moment to understand where innovations are possible. Fundamentally, a cloud Consists of three components, one or multiple datacenters, a network and a “zillion” number of devices. That’s what it’s all about, the components and their interaction. Ultimately the user is interested in the end-to-end experience, regardless of the components. How does everything work together?

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



For more information on HP CloudSystem visit and follow us in Twitter @HPCloudSystem

Cloud ROI, 5 areas of returns

Many enterprises lean to migrating to private cloud, but struggle to justify the investment. Some infrastructure and tool providers tend to position server virtualization as cloud and point to the benefits gained by virtualizing the environment. But we all know cloud is more than that. I'm pointing to five areas where migrating to cloud can help you save money. These can result in real savings. Obviously, cloud offer many other advantages such as responsiveness and agility of the organization, unfortunately those are harder to quantify. So let's look at how increases in server efficiency and storage efficiency, operation and call center/helpdesk staff reduction and better license key management can help you justify your investment.

The missing element in Cloud Architecture, the Cloud Platform

I keep seeing these layered architectures with IaaS at the bottom, PaaS in the middle and SaaS at the top. I disagree with those, as you do not need to expose an IaaS and PaaS to deliver SaaS Services. What is needed is a cloud platform, and I will explain to you what you can find in such a platform. HP's Cloud Reference Architecture builds on this. Interested in knowing more?

Need help with the Cloud? The HP Cloud Advisors will be at VMworld 2011

Are you finding that there is tremendous amount of hype surround the cloud and that trying to cut through that hype is taking you longer to find real answer to your questions?


Adding more fuel to the fire, do any of these sound familiar?

  • “My test and development team went outside company policy and bought 3rd party IT services with their credit card.”
  • “I can’t use cloud as I can’t guarantee sensitive data doesn’t leave this country.”
  • “I have way too much invested in traditional IT to think about moving to cloud now, even though it seems to be very compelling for my business.”

Can Cloud Computing save lives?

We keep hearing about cloud computing as a mechanism for IT to reduce budgets, to shift costs from operation to innovation. All of that makes sense, but actually cloud allows new businesses all together. And some of those help save people's lives. You're intrigued, aren't you? Well just keep reading.

Cloud and email: It's all about physical evidence

Are you running your business email in the cloud? Have you thought about the legal aspects? What happened as a result of LulzSec shows us what may happen, and what we need to keep in mind. Our world is increasingly going virtual, but the legal system still needs physical evidence and the two do not always go along very well. Why? 

Cloud and Service Orientation, rethink your IT department

Ever had this feeling when presenting to an audience that your points got missed? That happened to me about a month ago when presenting to a large European company. It got me thinking. Why didn't it work? The results of my thoughts, this blog entry. I realized the organization from the IT department and the way the team was focused made it unreceptive for my cloud message. You ask yourself why,

Quickly experience cloud, are you interested?

You have been virtualizing, standardizing and automating your IT environment for some time now, with good results. You have heard a lot about cloud and frankly you believe it’s time to jump on the band wagon. But you don’t know how to do that quickly. Well, we may have something to offer you.

HP Discover: Cloud and Connectivity

I spent last week in Las Vegas at HP Discover. No, I did not gamble, but spend time discussing with customers, partners and HP colleagues. Let me share with you some of my findings. And before you ask, yes I went to Paul McCartney’s concert and it was fabulous. But let’s get to the subject.

We better learn about risk management

A couple weeks ago Amazon Web Services suffered an outage that lasted several days. Beyond the specifics of that outage, the real question is how we manage risk in such complex environments. Particularly when we rely on services of which we do not have full control and where lack of communication results in uncertainty of what happens. Is it time to take dust of our risk management manuals? Probably...

Is cloud computing just provisioning?

Every time I hear something speak about cloud, they speak about provisioning, preferably of a virtual machine. To me, that's the easy bit. There are many other aspects to look at when talking about cloud. Why are they mostly forgotten. Maybe due to lack of solutions. Well, we took the bull by the horns and just came out with the Cloud Service Automation that addresses not just provisioning, but also these other aspects. Interested?

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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
  • HP Software Cloud and Automation solution architect serving largest customers in Europe, now leading the Community team for HP Operations Orchestration.
  • 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.
  • 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 @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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