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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….

HP OO and SCM Lock Mechanism – A glimpse into Multi-Authoring done right

SCM updateWhat happens when you have a teammate that is struck by genius in the middle of the night? He/she makes changes to the flow and then forgets to commit or unlock it.


When you arrive to the office in the morning, you open the latest version of the saved flow and proceed to work on the problem flow, (unaware that the problem was solved last night), or cannot continue your teammate's work since the flow is locked.


Find out what steps this team could have taken to protect their progress overnight.

Community means many things: what it means to me on my automation journey

talking over a computer.PNGKnowledge sharing is a powerful tool. It is especially helpful in the automation world. It is wonderful to speak to someone who is ahead of you on your journey and who can help you find some “shortcuts”.


This is why I feel community is such a powerful thing. Keep reading to find out what I have learned from communicating with others and how you can join us.


Written contribution from Chris Saunderson, Program Manager/Lead Architect for IT Automation at Sprint. He evangelizes automation at Sprint.

Rerun Flows - Yet Another Cool Feature of Operations Orchestration Remote Debugging

Studio debugger2.pngWith HP Operations Orchestration (OO) 10.10, you can investigate a failed run by initiating a new flow run with the same run values in the Studio debugger!

Keep reading to find out how.


Knock Knock? Who’s there? Automating fulfillment from the cloud is not a joke… It’s reality!

T-data-ctr-security-svcs__226x160--C-tcm245-1098329-CT-tcm245-1237012-32.jpgHow much time does your IT spend on common tasks? How much would it save you if you could automate these tasks?


Keep reading to find out how SaaS-based solutions can help you save money by automating these tasks and getting that time back for your IT staff.


Written by Shay Wissotzky Cohen (HPSW Functional Architect)  and Lucian Teodor Revnic (HPSW Functional Architect)

How to troubleshoot your flow with Operations Orchestration

Troubleshoot.pngHave you ever experienced a troublesome flow? It was just working yesterday and today it refuses to run? Well, HP Operations Orchestration (OO) can help! Keep reading to find out how HP OO can help you uncover the issue, especially when the root cause of the problem is not clear.


Written by Yaniv Mizrahi, HPSW RnD (Automation and Cloud Management)

Beyond virtualization: What’s next for your datacenter?

20130130_OFFICE_GUYS_TALKING-424.jpgThe tech industry is at a fascinating turning point. The era of virtualization adoption is quickly drawing to a close, with most IT organizations at the end of their journey adopting virtualized environments. What’s next? Vendors and IT organizations alike are shifting their focus into datacenter management and automation, with a long-term view of operating with private and public cloud infrastructure. The result is that IT organizations and vendors are rethinking siloed approaches, on how best to embrace heterogeneous orchestration across environments and within the stack.


Written contribution by Andrew Wahl


5 signs it’s time to change how you manage servers

Sisyphus rolling ball.jpgServer administrators relying on manual processes must feel like Sisyphus as they try in vain to keep up with the fire hose of change requests and the relentless tasks to provision, patch, update and upgrade. Eventually, productivity lags and errors creep in.


This could be you. Here are five signs it’s high time to rethink how you administer servers.

Show some appreciation for your System Administrator!

Thank you.jpgIn recognition of the great work System Administrators provide to IT and of course because July 25, 2014 is SysAdmin Appreciation day, we thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about what companies can do to help improve the work/life balance of their IT Superstars, the System Administrator!


Keep reading to find out how you can simplify the life of your SysAdmin and help them don their super hero cape on a daily basis!


Written contribution from Matt Eash (Sr. Product Manager) and Andy Mackay (Sr. Product Marketing Manager), HP Software Automation and Cloud Management

Remote Debugging with HP Operations Orchestration

debug.pngThis post describes the usage of remote debugging which is, in my opinion, one of the coolest enhancements of HP Operations Orchestration 10.10! Keep reading to find out what remote debugging means in the context of OO flow authoring, and understand why am I so enthusiastic about it!


Written contribution by Tal Schoenfeld, HPSW RnD


Automate a “desired state” model for datacenter management

Balanced.jpgRegularly running scripts is necessary to keep servers updated, but this can suffer from a crucial shortcoming: the servers may still not be operating in the state you expect or require.


The Desired State model of datacenter management is a more effective approach. Here’s how policies in HP Server Automation help you create a persistent desired state for the servers in your datacenter.


Written by Lucian Nicolae Ciufudean, HPSW Automation and Compliance RnD

Heartbleed OpenSSL: Are your servers still bleeding?

Heart-bleed.PNGRecent research revealed there are more than 300,000 servers still at risk from the Heartbleed OpenSSL. I suspect IT server admins are struggling to manage the process of updating OpenSSL — after all, the last thing a server admin wants to do is place their servers and applications at risk by deploying an update to a large numbers of servers and exposing them to some new, unknown effect. 


If you are in this position, there is good news: There is a way that you can deploy the latest version of OpenSSL to your servers, safely, reliably and quickly, using a 30-day free trial!


Written by Andy Mackay, Senior Product Marketing Manager (HPSW Automation and Cloud Management)

Step #7 towards an orchestrated datacenter: maximize use of the cloud

metopera-a1.jpgThe cloud has changed how business users think about information technology and what they expect of it. Although the cloud offers ways for IT organizations to adapt and meet those demands for greater availability, agility and scale, it also forces IT to completely rethink how it operates. Here is a final look at how the datacenter must evolve in order to succeed in the cloud. 


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation

5 key lessons to learn from your peers about Automation and Cloud Management

birds of a feather.jpgWhat happens when five IT experts from major companies get on stage to share their experiences with automation and cloud management? The audience comes away much more enlightened about what it will really take to orchestrate in their own organization. Here five important lessons they shared.


By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management

Step #6 towards an orchestrated datacenter: use data to tell IT's story

SFSO_DavisHall_L.jpgHow do you know if your orchestrated datacenter is succeeding? How do you track progress and encourage teams to continue expanding their automation efforts? How do you convince the bean counters and business executives that it’s working? As with any major IT initiative, you need to measure the impact your organization makes with its orchestrated datacenter transformation.


The good news is there are many ways to acquire and combine big data across systems and environments, using big data and connected intelligence to help tell your story.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation


Step #5 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Accelerate feature releases to empower customers

NY philharmonic.jpgIT must deliver the tools and systems the business needs, so as business accelerates, so too must IT’s ability to refresh the supply of tools at its disposal. Here’s how you can more quickly release new applications and features, so the business can meet and adapt to the ever-changing competitive landscape.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation

Step #4 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Assess the agility of application architecture

boston-symphony-orchestra.jpgWhen evaluating how you can most effectively automate IT services, you should in parallel assess their agility requirements. Here’s why identifying opportunities to transform application architectures can set you up for greater success with orchestration across IT environments.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud and Automation


Step #3 towards an orchestrated datacenter: Integrate people, tools and environments across IT silos

la-phil.jpgChaotic, isolated pockets of automation within separate functional areas—servers, network, monitoring, service desk, etc.—lack the cohesion that IT really needs for lasting efficiency, error reduction and compliance. Here is how you can break down these silos with a disciplined approach.


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation and Cloud Management


Get the key to removing wasted time and money at your company—for free

Do you ever sit back and think about what is truly possible in your organization? With the HP Operations Orchestration Community Edition, you can understand the “art of the possible” –all for free!

download OOCE.jpg Written by Mike Zuber, VP GTM Sales

Step #2 towards an orchestrated datacenter: forge a culture of services not servers

cleveland symphony.jpgIT is more than a complex machine that must be engineered. IT is also built with people, and long-stand cultural barriers often persist between different departments that can prevent the extent to which you can succeed with automation and orchestration. Second of a seven blog series, this is how you can begin orchestrating not just a data center's technology, but the people and processes that run it. Read on to learn more!


By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation and Cloud Management

Step #1 towards an orchestrated datacenter: automate the repeatable and mundane

ODC1_Chicago.jpgAutomation is crucial for building the most efficient IT machine possible. But how do you ensure automation projects do not occur in functional silos, but apply tools and processes that scale across the entire organization?


This is first of a seven part blog series that takes a look at how you can begin to take steps toward creating an orchestrated datacenter that operates as a cohesive whole.


 By Muneer Mubashir, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation and Cloud Management


Introducing the Orchestrated Datacenter: Automate operations and bring harmony to IT delivery

orchestrate the full datacenter.pngHP is tremendously excited to announce a solution of multiple new products and capabilities that will help you manage the complexity of accelerated delivery of services across traditional IT or cloud environments—whether it is a full stack of infrastructure from storage, network, servers to databases or right up to the application layer. Discover our vision for delivering a well-orchestrated IT symphony.


By Manoj Raisinghani,  Senior Director, HP Software Product Marketing

The “glue” inside your datacenter of unique “building blocks”

legos.pngWhen I was a kid I loved playing with building blocks. I remember spending hours building cars and houses and whatever my imagination could invent.  


The same is true today with your datacenter. It is built upon lots of blocks and systems. Unfortunately, some of these systems are siloed and don’t perform as well as they could. Keep reading to find out how to overcome these challenges and instead have your database communicate effectively.



Written by Mike Zuber, VP GTM Sales

Clear the queue! Accelerate your service request fulfillment with IT process automation

G8485024022008_JPGHighres_96dpi_800x600.pngLike most of us, business users don’t like waiting. But manual coordination between IT administrators can lead to overloaded work queues that cause even simple service requests to take too long. Here’s how you can use IT process automation and orchestration to improve both the speed and quality of service request fulfillment.


By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management


Prepare your shift from servers to services

Servers-to-services2.pngSooner or later, cloud computing will change your job in IT. The good news is that if you’re able to change with the times to embrace the service-centric model and the roles that IT process automation and operations orchestration will play, you can offer more value to the business than ever. Here are some thoughts on how you can get ready.



Written by Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management

How to boost IT efficiency by 75% and create time for innovation

G8641097032008_JPGHighres_96dpi_800x600.pngService drives the new IT. But how do you deliver new innovative services when most IT staff and budget are focused on maintenance and remediation? Here’s how you can quickly achieve big improvements in efficiency and leap ahead on service quality.


Written by Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager, HP Automation and Cloud Management

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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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  • 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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