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….

Agile development meets IT operations -- in the cloud

Many posts here on Grounded in the Cloud point out the new mindset necessary within an organization when cloud computing becomes part of the overall IT strategy and vision.  As my colleague Christian Verstraete has discussed, the CIO needs to move from an IT service provider to an IT service broker.  But a new way of thinking is also necessary for how applications are developed, deployed monitored and managed within the cloud model.

Most popular Grounded in the Cloud blogs of 2010

It’s that time of year when you see a lot of “top ten this” and “top ten that” lists.  So I thought I would research which Grounded in the Cloud blog posts were the most popular in 2010 based on total readership.  I haven’t ranked them in a particular order because some of them are very close and the traffic counts vary from day to day. 

Drum roll, please.  Here are the ten most popular Grounded in the Cloud blog posts of 2010.

Why you need a cloud computing strategy and how to get one

Quick question:  Does your company have a long-term strategy around cloud computing?   

Chances are the answer is “no.”  This posts talks about why you need a long-term cloud computing strategy and provides details about how HP can help.

Strong governance key to successful Chilean mine rescue and cloud projects

Whether it’s a mine rescue or a new cloud project, you need fully-functioning governance and precision of execution for optimal success. Read what an HP CTO and an HP enterprise architect have to say about the importance of embedding strong governance—using frameworks such as ITIL—for cloud implementations.

Around the HP Cloud

A lot of HP cloud buzz the past few weeks has centered on Open Cirrus, the HP, Intel and Yahoo! Open source test bed designed to encourage research into all aspects of cloud computing, service and data center management.

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.

Around the cloud at HP

HP is fully immersed in cloud computing.  Cloud is one of the major areas of focus for our R&D team and we have various engineering and product development teams across a variety of disciplines working to further cloud computing.  As a result, cloud is a big topic here.  I thought you might be interested in some of the other HP cloud blogs and news published.


  • HP recently announced the formation of a team of uber-experts.  Called the cloud advisory team, this group has a combined experience of nearly 200 years of technical, strategic, visionary and real-world experience.  More details in this Market Watch article.
  • Interested in a new cloud boot camp or want a cloud readiness tool?  Learn more in this blog post from Charlie Bess talking about HP at VM World.   
  •  What are the characteristics that make Private Cloud so attractive to enterprise businesses?  What are the fundamentals you should consider?  Learn here: Private Cloud via HP Converged Infrastructure – Foreshadowing the blue skies ahead.
  • Want to access your cloud readiness?  Use this new tool to rate your cloud readiness.
  • Last week we announced the acquisition of Denver-based Stratavia, a privately held database and application automation company, that will bolster our automation portfolio and bring more of that to the cloud.  More in this press release. And then read Mike Shaw’s blog about why this acquisition is important to you. 


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.


General cloud and SaaS presentations on SlideShare:



Telecom presentations on cloud computing:



HP Software Solutions Channel on SlideShare:



Cloud Purists and Reality

Will "private clouds" be discredited as cloud purists predict? Not according to our experiences and analysts' surveys.

What we can learn from the government about cloud computing

Cloud computing holds great promise to bring down the cost of government and improve the efficiency of government computing. While the U.S. federal government admits it has a large technology gap it needs to address, there have been a couple of fascinating reports published recently that showcase how cloud computing can benefit the public sector and taxpayers.
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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.
  • 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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