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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 Helion Series: Real World Clouds in the Enterprise

helion.pngIn this post, I want to focus on the reality of clouds in the enterprise and the important concept that there is no one size fits all cloud product for every organization. The ability to leverage private, public, managed and hybrid clouds is the reality in today’s cloud rollouts and each offering has its unique solution set for best fit.

Secure and defend your cloud

Srihar.jpgUsing cloud brings a unique set of security challenges. This is where HP’s Security Intelligence Platform delivers security capabilities to protect and defend your business functions that rely on the cloud.


Keep reading to find out how you can deploy security information and event monitoring for the cloud.

Continuing the conversation: Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly

cloud from sky.jpgGetting an application for a mobile device is as easy as “click, pay and use.” Your business users enjoy this experience on their personal devices and now they are demanding that you give it to them within the business as well.


If you deny the existence of this undercurrent of discontent, you risk becoming irrelevant.  If you don’t meet the users’ requests, they will look outside your organization for the services and experience they desire.


Keep reading to find out how you can achieve customer satisfaction while maintaining your IT presence and control.

Best practices for decommissioning cloud service resources

HP - Cloud - Reister - decommissioning graphic3.pngManaging the resources that create cloud services is important for maintaining a properly functioning cloud environment. Here is how what to do when decommissioning services so no resource is left behind.


Guest post by

By Sebastien Reister, HP Senior Cloud Architect

Is your business “fit” enough to win?

Rocky.jpgTen notes. That is all it takes to identify one of the most iconic movie scores in history –Rocky.


I love this movie—and it is not simply because I was born in Philadelphia. I love the message about being the underdog, training hard and (sometimes) beating your opponent.


The same is true with your IT Infrastructure. Think about how “fit” your IT infrastructure is currently and what you may need to do to be prepared for your business to win and be successful. Keep reading to find out what is involved in your training regimen.


HP Hybrid Cloud Delivery Model Spans the Globe with the HP World Tour


HP is spending this spring globe hopping and we would love to see you there.


The HP World Tour is the must-attend local business conferences featuring dozens of sessions focused on the hottest topics in the industry today – Big Data, Converged Cloud, Mobility, Security and more. Keep reading to find out how you can attend

Labels: Cloud| hybrid cloud

It’s a Hybrid World Now – HP Cloud Changes the Game at HP Discover


This past week, the HP Cloud team launched our hybrid delivery model to over 10,000 customers and technologists in Barcelona, Spain. See for yourself how HP is changing the game in enterprise cloud computing.


Tags: cloud| event

Semaphores in HP Operations Orchestration

6-global-semaphore.pngIn computer science, a semaphore is a variable or abstract data type that provides a simple, but useful, abstraction for controlling access, by multiple processes to a common resource in a parallel programming or a multi-user environment.


HP Operations Orchestration can utilize this concept to increase automation adoption. Read on to find out how it can power your environment.

Finding the golden recipe for managing cloud database lifecycles

GoldenRecipe.pngWhen managing databases mounted on virtual machines, using images will only get you so far. This post looks at three ways a blended approach with both images and automation can work together to achieve better lifecycle management, including last-mile configuration and compliance.


Guest Post by Steve Forsyth, HP Software R&D

Managing application development to operations in the HP hybrid cloud: an SAP example

Hybrid Cloud is advertised as the best of all things Cloud.  Unfortunately, by being “everything to everyone” it is now bogged down with complexities and disconnects.


Luckily this blog post has the vital information you need to simplify your environment and having it running smoothly again.


After reading the article remember to: Register today  for HP Discover 2013 “TB3580 – Managing application development to IT operations in the HP hybrid cloud : an SAP example” session to learn more on managing application development to operations in the HP hybrid cloud environment.

How a Center of Excellence helps align technology, people and processes with automation

COE2.pngThe drive towards greater process automation in IT is a transformation that will require more than just technology. In order to make IT automation initiatives a success, IT must make not just implement technology, but also usher in adaptations to how people and processes work. Find out why a Center of Excellence is an effective way to align these three factors, and how to make it work for your company.


By Ravi Srinivasan, Sr. Product Manager — HP Cloud and Automation

Hybrid Cloud vs. Converged Cloud: Comparing 2 cloud options

There is still confusion about cloud. There, I said it.  After reviewing white papers and marketing collaterals I noticed there is some confusion between hybrid cloud and converged cloud. This material was written by industry watchers and marketers. These are people who work with Cloud every day. Some people inter-changeably use converged cloud and hybrid cloud as if they have the same meaning.  Some do not know what converged cloud means.  So, I wrote down what I think the differences are between these two offerings.

The last thing that enterprises want is the cloud to reintroduce silos into their IT

Business’ are now demanding a lot from their clouds. They want a solution that doesn't lock them into single vendors or single delivery models. For example, they want the flexibility to be able to develop applications in the public cloud and bring them back into private clouds when the applications are in full production. They also want the flexibility to be able to burst applications and workloads to public or hybrid clouds during peak transaction times.

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.

Managing Private and Hybrid Clouds

Written by: Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Service Automation


This week at Discover 2012, HP announced a new version of HP Cloud Service Automation, available as a core element of CloudSystem Enterprise or as a standalone software product, for managing private and hybrid clouds. As a key element in HP’s Converged Cloud strategy, HP Cloud Service Automation is the industry’s most comprehensive, unified solution for brokering and managing application and infrastructure services in private and hybrid clouds, helping IT organizations increase agility and reduce cost, via a self-service portal and highly-automated lifecycle management. 

Announcing HP CloudSystem Matrix 7.1

HP, my dedicated co-workers, and I are proud to announce HP CloudSystem Matrix and HP CloudSystem Matrix Software version 7.1 today. This release has a combination of new features as well as improvements to existing functionality. A lot of this work is based on ideas and feedback from our customers - so thank you for providing your input!


Some of the new features include:

Attention private cloud haters; it’s a hybrid approach

by Paul Muller, VP of Strategic Marketingpaul-muller150.jpg


Have you noticed the private cloud bashing lately? 


Instead of “either/or,” I believe it’s a question of knowing where and when...


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.

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.

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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.
  • I've devoted more than a decade to writing about technology products, solutions and services.
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  • 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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