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….

Chat with Product Manager of Newly Launched Next Generation Cloud System

utealbert.jpgUte Albert, HP Product Marketing Manager for CloudSystem discusses the new features and design principles behind HP's latest cloud platform release. 


Go to the blog to watch the video of the podcast discussion.

Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly

cloud from sky.jpgI recently read  a recent article, “Nine Questions for Andy Jassy, Head of Amazon Web Services,” where the cloud evangelist prepares to regale a Las Vegas re:Invent conference audience, his observation is that Amazon is right about the cloud…mostly.


After taking a few deep breaths, I expanded on his thoughts. Keep reading to see what my thoughts are on this topic.  

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.


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By Sebastien Reister, HP Senior Cloud Architect

HP eats its own dog food with HP Cloud solutions

In the not so distant past, it took 21 days to provision a server. Now, with the capabilities of cloud, you can provision a cloud in four hours.  We know this first-hand because we use it.


Keep reading to find out how we are using cloud to transform our business.

When the business asks for cloud, start the conversation with automation

Cloudsystem enterprise.pngHow should an IT leader respond when a business executive requests more of the Cloud? Here’s what I recommend IT professionals do to get a clear understanding of what it is they’re really looking for, by breaking down “Cloud” into its base components and showing how Automation can be key to delivering the value the business wants.


By Michael Zuber

HP Cloud Leader, Americas


Are you interested in deploying OpenStack-based KVM in a HP CloudSystem environment?

Earlier today, HP announced the technical preview of HP CloudSystem support for OpenStack-based Red Hat KVM resource pools. What does this mean and why is it important?


Some of our existing customers focus primarily use a single hypervisor today. This hypervisor is often a full feature virtualization platform that provides a robust infrastructure that works well for traditional enterprise applications. However, many, if not most, of those customers are already deploying or considering moving to a multi-hypervisor model.

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.

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:

Cloud computing for business growth

On May 25, CNBC aired a video segment on ‘Profiting on Cloud Computing’ where John Fortt, CNBC analyst, talked about the potential losers in cloud computing are companies that have dominant high margin positions that were dependent on the old model.  He cited Cisco, SAP, Microsoft, HP and Intel (on the client side) while mentioning HP’s advantage on the server side.  Yes. Business models are changing, not only for the technology titans, but also for enterprises, government and service providers.   

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...


Cloudy waters made clear with standards

I have sat down with many customers across the globe for the past few years and have listened to them intently on their desire to move toward the cloud, their challenges and their fears, as well as the opportunities and benefits that they seek. 

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.

Around the HP cloud

As usual there was plenty of blogs, articles and talk around cloud computing last week at HP.  Once again, here’s a round-up of recent cloud computing content that you might find of interest. 

Building and automating the private cloud: 5 prerequisites for success

Private clouds have a lot to offer IT departments looking to reorient themselves from delivering technology to delivering services that support overall business goals. Moving to a private cloud is a major step in this direction. This post outlines what you should consider as the absolute necessary prerequisites to build an effective private cloud for your organization.

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. 


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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.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 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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