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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….

Finding the safest place for your software—on-site or SaaS

When you board a plane do you look for cracks in the wing before you get on? (I know I do!) What about your tires, do you check for correct tire pressure every time you drive? (Of course you don’t, you have places to go and people to see.)


With this scenario in mind, why is it that we only truly feel secure when we are in control? Keep reading to find out how this phenomenon translates to IT.

5 key questions to ask when implementing Software as a Service

Software as a Service (SaaS) is often part of the answer to address many IT concerns, but are you asking the right questions? Keep reading to find out my top questions to find out if SaaS is the appropriate solution for you.

SaaS: The cure for IT indigestion

fizz.jpgOh, you know the pain of indigestion - the burning and the ache. And if you are an IT professional you also know the pain of IT-induced indigestion.


Now there is relief from IT-indigestion: Software as a Service! Continue reading to find out how SaaS can quickly ease your pain .


SaaS-based Service Management: Not Just For SMBs Anymore

Is it possible for enterprises to realize the same benefits of SaaS-based Service Management as smaller organizations with less complex environments and processes?

Business Service Management and SaaS

I was reading a post by Dennis Drogseth, BSM versus Cloud – which is the larger idea?, and it caused me to think of the relationship between the two.

I was reading a post by Dennis Drogseth, BSM versus Cloud – which is the larger idea?, and it caused me to think of the relationship between the two. I know Dennis from my Network Management Center and Business Availability Center days as product manager and a product marketer – he’s a sharp guy.

Business Service Management (BSM) is about managing IT from the perspective of an end user or business service (ex: purchase order lookup). In the graphic below you see each of the IT silo can say “hey we had very little downtime”. The end-user, however, sees a much different picture. Companies get to BSM along their evolution of IT maturity from chaotic management in silos (one of the big analysts did a nice paper on IT evolution) to proactive management.

The question is can you go to SaaS without having evolved to BSM.  If your IT shop focuses on networks and servers, are they ready for the move to SaaS where by definition you are getting a service and have little or no access to the underlying infrastructure.

For a brand new company that only uses SaaS, its easy – they have never had anything else. For companies that are managing their own infrastructure at the silo level - not so easy. They’ll need a new set of tools.

I agree with Dennis that BSM is the larger idea – you can have BSM with or without SaaS (or as Dennis used Cloud). You can’t have SaaS without BSM unless you are not going to bother monitoring.

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Drilling down to the key benefit of SaaS

The argument for SaaS over on-premise business models has historically been fought over attributes, when the real differentiator is actually customer service.

Cloud Purists and Reality

Will "private clouds" be discredited as cloud purists predict? Not according to our experiences and analysts' surveys.

What we can learn from the government about cloud computing

Cloud computing holds great promise to bring down the cost of government and improve the efficiency of government computing. While the U.S. federal government admits it has a large technology gap it needs to address, there have been a couple of fascinating reports published recently that showcase how cloud computing can benefit the public sector and taxpayers.

A Curious Case of "Cloud Standards"

Will there be a winner in "Cloud Standards" push? Will it be led by hardware/hosting vendors or by software giants? We will certainly see changes in this game in the next 12 months.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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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