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….

HP IT accelerates service delivery with hybrid clouds

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Keep reading to find out how Cloud Service Automation is revolutionizing HP IT.  

HP Tech Talk – Why Lifecycle Management Matters

In this edition of HP Tech Talk, Andy McCaskey of SDRNews talks with Neelam Chakrabarty , Senior Marketing Manager in HP Software Cloud and Automation about Cloud Service Automation


Neelam explains the fit between HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) and the broader HP Converged Cloud Strategy.  She reinforces the theme that we have discussed in earlier episodes that in the real world customers need to manage the deployment of workloads regardless of the origin of the application, either on private or public cloud or in a managed asset environment.

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)

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.  




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.



Improve the administration of your cloud services

With written contribution from Andrew Wahl and Sathya Sastry


Imagine what you could do with the power of HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA).  You could evolve your existing infrastructure and virtualized environments into scalable cloud services. You could respond to changing business demands quickly and economically while realizing faster time-to-value. 


Now your dreams can be a reality with CSA. To take your first steps as an Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service Broker to IT and Line of Business Users, continue reading to uncover how to harness the power of CSA. In the coming weeks, we will provide a practitioner’s view of the key factors you need to consider, as you plan your journey to be a cloud service broker.


For now, learn how you can use HP CSA to improve the administration of your cloud services.

What makes for a successful Cloud Services Broker?

The number of services and options moving to the Cloud is increasing exponentially. This is also increasing the confusion and complexity faced by IT departments. This doesn’t only  apply to  traditional, premise-based infrastructure services, but also the manner in which line of business users consume services from external cloud providers.


In this article, we explore the construct of a Cloud Services Broker in relation to IT, and key attributes that make for a successful Cloud Services Broker platform. We learn how CloudSystem Matrix enhanced with the integration of HP Cloud Services Automation (CSA) unlocks IT’s potential as a broker of cloud services on to itself and her line of business users.



Preparing your data center for the Cloud

As more customers embrace cloud computing to meet today’s constantly changing business challenges, IT’s traditional role of providing infrastructure services evolves to acting as a broker and consumer of other services from third- party cloud environments.


IT needs to develop a hybrid delivery model so it can deliver the right service from the right place at the right time. This is necessary for IT to extend its existing premise-based best practices and adopt external cloud providers.  It makes the managing and securing delivery of services from mixed resources possible. You begin by first automating repetitive tasks into best practices, where processes used are in accordance to company policies, and provide the least amount of disruption to existing operations. 


In this article, we’ll explore crucial steps taken by IT when automating their data center for the cloud by reviewing an insightful Forrester’s webinar on January 31, 2013. Continue reading to find out how HP enables your data center for the pragmatic cloud.




Getting smart about cloud provisioning

HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) is the industry’s most comprehensive, unified cloud management platform for brokering and managing enterprise-grade applications and infrastructure cloud services. Improve your time to value through HP Cloud Service Automation’s  open extensible architecture, which  allows you to easily integrate with partners.


Become an enterprise-grade broker of cloud services, by using the most complete hybrid cloud solution for both infrastructure and application provisioning with HP Cloud Service Automation.


In this cloud automation partner series, we will explore how partner capabilities enhance CSA’s cloud management platform. We will look specifically at the use of Adaptive Computing and the Moab Cloud Optimizer® product. This extends CSA’s ability to develop a complex set of decision and policies around resource deployment and provisioning. For a policy based workload management system.



Consumerization of Big Data by Cloud Automation

I recently attended an insightful IDC analyst review on software predictions for 20131, that has in many parts validated key constructs which HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) was propose built to address. Cloud automation functionalities recently announced at HP Discover in Frankfurt of December 2012.


In this article, we will explore how HP Cloud Service Automation, as an enterprise-grade broker of cloud services, is well poised to take on cloud automation challenges in 2013. And in doing so, be a key enabler to the consumerization of Big Data for the Real Time Enterprise in 2013.


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1 “Riding the Momentum : In a Diverse World of Software, Where is the Growth ? ”, IDC Software Predictions 2013.

Raising the bar on innovation with CONFIDENCE ...

Calling all cloud practitioners ! Start exercising your given business right for Choice today. Raise the bar on innovative services delivery with Confidence. Have peace of mind, by knowing that your systems are operating with clockwork Consistency.


This is a three-part blog series that examines the importance of these pivots: IT Choice, IT Confidence and IT Consistency, as seen across the Cloud and Traditional IT space.


We will continue with IT Confidence, and what that means to you in the Cloud and Traditional IT space.



It’s about content CHOICE for Your enterprise …

By Collin Chau


Calling all cloud practitioners ! Start exercising your given business right for Choice today. Raise the bar on innovative services delivery with Confidence.Have peace of mind, by knowing that your systems are operating with clockwork Consistency.


This is a three-part blog series that examines the importance of these pivots:IT Choice, IT Confidence and IT Consistency, as seen across the Cloud and Traditional IT space.


We will start with IT Choice, and what that means to you in the Cloud and Traditional IT space.



Chargeback and Showback - Choosing the right solution for your cloud

As a business owner, would you open a store without any process to charge back your merchandise? As a user, would you buy a service without knowing the cost upfront? This kind of cost management requirements applies to cloud computing. While cloud computing promises many opportunities for IT cost savings, its diverse and dynamic nature also makes it difficult to reap the expected financial benefits.

Out of sprawl comes order

How do you embrace the benefits of cloud while effectively managing and controlling the multi-sourced IT world of today?  Hybrid delivery models that are incorrectly managed can increase complexity, risk and costs, negating the potential benefits of cloud computing.  You need a solution to turn IT sprawl into order and regain control of the technology your organization needs to meet its business objectives.

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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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