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….

Your hybrid cloud management checklist : 7 key features areas to compare

checklist.jpgFresh from the Solution Exchange at VMworld 2014, it was a great opportunity to meet and see how the different cloud management platforms stack up. Checkout our learnings, in particular the seven key categories of features you should closely examine, when selecting your hybrid cloud management solution.


Written contribution from Camilo Cuervo, Product Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

VMworld 2014 sneak peek: 3 ways to improve how you design cloud services

San_Francisco.pngWith VMWorld 2014 just around the corner, here’s a quick look at some of the important use cases we’ll be highlighting for orchestrated datacenter practitioners. Come see these use cases first hand, at the HP Booths #1005 from August 24th to 27th, over at the San Francisco Moscone Center. 


Written contribution by Camilo Cuervo, Product Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

Lessons from the trenches: What HP IT learned when deploying cloud services

HP_Dreamworks_Library3_441.pngHP Software doesn’t just make cloud management platforms, it uses them in its own business as well.  Learn about the best practices by HP’s own IT organization when it comes to transforming data centers - by deploying IaaS, PaaS and SaaS with unified processes through HP Software Automation and Cloud Management today.

Infrastructure Alone Does Not a Cloud Make

People in meeting.jpgLearn how you can simplify your transformation to the cloud with the industry's most comprehensive, unified cloud management platform for managing application and infrastructure cloud services.


Keep reading to find out  how to tackle your organization’s plans for providing internal cloud services, the challenges you’re facing, and how HP can help address your challenges.

From Automation to Orchestration : A Roadmap to Starting the Transformation

thankyou.png10,000+ attendees, 75+ sponsors, 500+ sessions, 85 media organizations, 35 industry and financial analysts – HP Discover last week in Barcelona has been a phenomenal success and an incredible meeting of minds. Thank you!



As we look back at our time spent with you, a common theme continues to resonate a message from IDC.  “IT teams need to find ways to work more effectively to better empower end users and reduce day-to-day operational complexity.”


Many IT executives today have costly, resource-intensive complexity of IT data centers. Learn about tasks and processes you can automate today, as part of initial steps toward a larger cloud transformation.


by Muneer Mubashir, Director Product Marketing (Automation and Cloud Management)

Empowering users and the new face of cloud

Empowering users is one of primary reasons that organizations are adopting the cloud.  The cloud allows the focus to shift away from the underlying restrictions of infrastructure and applications. It empowers users to be much more productive, as they work with a new service- oriented platform.


Graphic1 in Teaser.pngHP wanted to help users exploit the power of the cloud, so we are introducing “the new face of cloud” in the new release of HP CloudSystem we are announcing. It features a consumer-inspired interface that is designed to make each user more productive: consumers, cloud architects and cloud administrators.  CloudSystem is a single, open platform that manages a wide range of environments and cloud services.



The new face of cloud makes the process of creating and consuming services much easier and far more efficient. Read on to learn more.


Written by Ken Spear, Senior Marketing Manager (HP CloudSystem and OneView)

NEW! HP's solution for managing private and hybrid clouds

G8658021032008_JPGHighres_300dpi_50pct.jpegHP recently brought to you the HP Hybrid Cloud Management platform, a cloud management solution that helps companies accelerate deployment of IT services while avoiding vendor lock-in. A platform that helps you minimize operational costs and complexity, and enabling the delivery of secure, compliant services.


Do these capabilities sound interesting? Let me tell you about this in a bit more detail, and of the seachange that HP Hybrid Cloud Management brings.



Written by Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

Are you ready to Discover?


With less than eight days until HP Discover, we are busy putting on the finishing touches to what will be an epic event for you in Barcelona!


This is your opportunity to hear from the HP Automation and Cloud Management team, for a prelude to what they have in store for you.


Read on to learn more about the rich breakout sessions and immersive demo experiences that you can expect at HP Discover. A testimony to why HP is the industry leader for private clouds.


We look forward to seeing you soon at HP Discover in Barcelona! 



Beware of vendor lock-in!

vendor lock0in.jpgThroughout its history, the IT industry has with each successive generation of technology grappled with some form of vendor lock-in. 


Procurement decisions made at one point in time can limit future options, taking organizations down a path where they have little choice but to continue working with a particular vendor, or face exceptionally high costs to make a change. 



Will the cloud be any different? Read on to learn how you can avoid getting caught in a vendor lock-in situation. 


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


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

How to manage security as a cloud services broker

cloud-security1.jpgNot surprisingly, CIOs consistently cite security as a top concern in regards to adopting cloud strategies, and there are legitimate challenges that must be addressed. As we progress through the seven topics that IT leaders need to consider when transforming into a cloud services broker operating model, lets address one of the most important topics facing IT professionals in the cloud: SECURITY.



With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


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


Managing SLAs for your cloud services


When IT embraces its role as a broker of cloud services, it must manage the many Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for a range of cloud services and be in a position to assess whether its roster of cloud service providers can actually achieve the operational standards its business needs. Read on to learn more!


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


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

How to decide what cloud services to offer

which cloud to choose.jpgDespite the power of the cloud, the reality almost every IT organization is that not all IT services will go to the cloud. Here is what IT executives need to consider about which services their organization should offer.


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


With written contribution by Andrew Wahl

The Need for Speed!

Need for speed2.jpgIn today’s IT, speed wins.  However, just like in auto racing, speed can also kill.   When you are moving at the rapid pace expected in cloud service delivery and operations, it is difficult to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all. It is especially difficult to keep track of all of the “on the fly” template and image changes that have taken place across your business critical applications between releases? 



There are some key questions that need to be answered:

  • Are there sufficient controls in place? 
  • How do you prepare for that upcoming compliance audit or operations review? 
  • Are the all of business and legal policies being adhered to? 
  • Can you create an automated “instruction set” to restore the full application stack back to the approved in order to regain control?

Read on as to why moving at cloud speed doesn’t mean operating out of control.


With written contribution by Frank Hunt (AMS Cloud Presales)

Spend 3 hours, Save US$30,000



Would you invest three hours to install and configure software that could save your organization over $30,000 during the free trial period alone? No, this is not a trick question. Read on to find out how!




With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead) 

Hypervisor diversity - Do now or pay later


I strongly suggest that every customer that has a current relationship with a Hypervisor company should immediately enlist a development team to evaluate Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) for use in Dev/Test.


Companies need to evaluate KVM in a Dev/Test environment, in order to save money and be ready for the next, great software audit. Read on to understand why having hypervisor diversity is an important consideration in your cloud management plan.



With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)



Building on a foundation of automation


As I noted in my previous blog post, provisioning IT as a cloud service broker is fundamentally different from traditional IT that offers huge potential. Imagine removing most or all complexity from ordering IT services to the point that business users could do it through a self-service web interface.


One of the key prerequisites for this type of transformation is a mature and comprehensive approach to automation that works with a hybrid of cloud and traditional IT architecture. Read on to learn more.



With written contribution from Andrew Wahl


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

Your cloud transformation starts here: How to develop a strategic plan


How do you wrap your arms around a cloud? To successfully embrace all that the cloud can offer and avoid possible pitfalls, IT leaders need to map out a multi-year strategy with a practical vision for how they want to evolve to serve the business better.



With written contribution by Andrew Wahl


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

Manage the hybrid cloud with a single, integrated toolset




I have a question for you. I want you see if the following scenario sounds like your organization.


Let’s say you are an organization in the Americas and you’re purchasing infrastructure from AWS, while using internal cloud for dev-test. Asia is using traditional IT. EMEA is a patchwork of different environments, depending on data compliance in the different regions. Meanwhile you have multiple Lines of Business, each trying to get the jump on their competitors by going to service providers that operate outside IT corporate policies! Is this your nightmare?


The scenario I’ve just described creates a management nightmare for CIOs, and now it is increasingly affecting CMOs too. CMOs are now actively managing their own requirements across traditional IT, as well as private and public clouds.  Read on to understand what it means to manage the hybrid cloud, and how to avoid the pitfalls in your cloud journey.



An odd strategy - Are 'they' hiding something ?

Wheres the beef.jpgAt times in the technology industry, you run across something that causes you to take notice, and even do a double-take. Sometimes a positive event makes you take a second look. Sometimes you want to look again at something negative. But then, there are those times where the absence of something critical, makes you take a second look.


This was exactly what happened to me at a recent Cloud Management event. After spending time on reviewing my notes from VMworld 2013, I realized something was missing. I was left to ask—where’s the beef?


Join me now as we explore this further. Let me know if I stand corrected on my findings, or if what was uncovered is at best odd—if not outright strange.


With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)



3 Pragmatic Steps for the Enterprise Cloud Service Broker

By Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud/Automation Solutions


Most of us understand the vision and promise of cloud computing. But in practical terms, how do you get started? Deploying a private cloud can seem challenging at first, but there are some pragmatic steps you can take to ensure your transformation into a cloud-based IT shop gets off on the right foot.



Transformation to an Enterprise Cloud Service Broker


IT organizations face an identity crisis. With the cloud fundamentally changing how users access IT services, IT executives are being forced to rethink their teams’ vision, purpose and value to the business.


How does your IT organization need to transform? In this post, Ken Won explores how IT can become a broker of cloud services, and what executives will need to do to make this transformation.


By Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud/Automation Solutions

VMworld 2013 - Pre-congratulating VMware on a great cloud event!

With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)


I have a long history with VMware simply because most of our clients that have adopted automation, orchestration and cloud usually have a small foot print of VMware products. In most adoptions clients’ need to increase response times, address new business opportunities, reduce costs and mitigate risk or avoid the loss of control (e.g.. Shadow IT).


These are themes that weigh heavily on our clients’ minds today.  We all know that VMware will be key in these customer themes, so let’s take a minute now to look into my crystal ball, to see if we can predict the future as we start this week’s VMworld in San Francisco.


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Opens this Sunday ! Come see HP at VMworld 2013

With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)


What do your business executives expect from IT? When I usually ask this question, I hear two general themes from technology professionals, and both present some challenges.


Read on to learn just what these two questions are, and how HP goes about facing them today. Then come join us, as we show these solutions in action over at the HP demo stations in VMworld 2013 !



7 performance metrics for measuring cloud ROI within HP Cloud Management

With written contribution from Uri Maoz and Andy Wahl


How do you measure success when shifting applications and infrastructure services to a cloud environment? Your Cloud ROI models should take a holistic approach that blends financial health with performance metrics. In this follow-up post to evaluating the financial health of your cloud business, we examine important ways you can track reliability, business agility, privacy and compliance.


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HP Cloud Management : Optimize cloud ROI like how NBA superstars optimize rebound performance

With written contribution from Uri Maoz and Andy Wahl


Sports teams now use technology to monitor every detail possible about their players’ performances. What if you could collect and analyze data about your cloud services and resource providers in a similar way? Well today is your lucky day!


This post looks at some of the important business and financial analytics you need to track. Continue reading to find out how you can optimize your cloud ROI. 


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Have it when you need it with HP Cloud Management

Because cloud services are quickly turned on and off based on business demand, it can be difficult for cloud administrators to get a clear picture of their resource pool. They need to know if  there are enough resources for Line of Business needs. If resources are not optimized for use – it results in inefficiencies and over payment in some cases.


Join us as we look at how HP Cloud Management addresses one of the most overlooked and underestimated aspects of cloud computing—a view of the resource pool.  Maximum cloud computing efficiency comes from good resource management and real time capacity planning, learn how to make the most of yours.  




Cloud Management and Cloud OS – Like cookies and cream

With written contribution from Michael Zuber, HP Cloud Leader (Americas)


We recently announced HP Cloud OS, a game changer with the first OpenStack® cloud technology platform for hybrid delivery. It is an underlying foundational technology across the HP converged cloud common architecture, that customers can use to build and consume cloud services today. Let’s examine how this has enhanced HP Cloud Management, and why enterprise customers will adore HP Cloud OS !



IT Automation at VMWorld 2013 San Francisco!

With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)


It’s that time of the year again, and over 21,000 IT professionals and business decision makers are making their way and gather at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual VMWorld event.


As these professionals seek best practices to minimize IT infrastructure spend and maximize competitive value, agility and profitability, they have one question. They question they have speaks to the new style of IT.  It is a  simple, yet critical question, whose answer will ensure that clients, partners and project teams will work with a single purpose. It will make it easier to start and stay on track, all while completing  the project on schedule and in scope.


Curious what the question is? Read on to discover the question, and the answer that will help you be successful in your hybrid cloud environment.


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How does HP Cloud Management fit into the Compliance puzzle?

With written contribution from Andy Wahl and Suj Mohanty 


How will you know if your cloud services conform and operate in accordance to a set of rules and regulations for the use of data securely when you look beyond network security and data protection?  You will find the answers you are looking for where business compliance in the data quality and data governance is part of your cloud management platform.


Notably, the cloud can present challenges for you to apply compliance best practices—largely because IT personnel do not have the same kind of visibility into infrastructure-level resources as they do with internally deployed systems.


Read on to discover some of the technical best practices in HP Cloud Management’s solution that will help you maintain compliance when provisioning and maintaining cloud services.



Be mindful of the "Unknown Unknowns" with HP Cloud Management

With written contribution from Andew Wahl and Andy Smith


June 6, 2002. During a Q&A session at the end of a NATO press conference, then U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke about the “unknown unknowns”. This is a poignant reflection for those in the security information and risk management (SIRM) business. By not knowing what you do not know, how do you best protect your cloud against cyber risks ?


Read on to learn how HP prevents insider and advanced persistent threats. It starts with the base exhaustive collection of machine data from an ever increasing number of sources, using a single unified interface. Comprehensively managing these digital fingerprints for the searching, indexing, reporting, analysis, and retention of cyber anomalies.




Editor’s Note: Find out why Cloud Management lessons from the ‘80s can help guide your way in managing for the hybrid cloud environment.

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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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