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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….

How one capital markets firm automates user access security, alerts and server builds

Server Automation.jpgProcessing trillions of dollars of securities transactions on a daily basis demands the most advanced levels of automation.

In this post, we detail three recent use cases of IT process automation and orchestration that one HP Software customer has applied in its organization — user access security, alerts and server builds — and their impressive benefits.


Part of an ongoing series about HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.

Innovation in IT and… Cloud

AlexFactor.jpgAlex Factor, Master Cloud Strategist, HP Helion presents the case for IT evolution leading to cloud and the influence in customers becoming a co-inventor in new technology.

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Do you know your cloud risk profile? Best practices in building your cloud security strategy

Ed Choi.PNGAs more enterprises adopt cloud, the risk and threat landscape is changing rapidly with more creative attacks. As the threat landscape becomes more complex, CISOs need to have a long range cloud security strategy. It is crucial to develop a comprehensive cloud security strategy in conjunction with the cloud transformation journey, rather than in isolation.


Keep reading to get key insights and practical considerations in developing your cloud security strategy.



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Podcast: HP Software and Docker

HP20150615038.jpgThe Docker Podcast series continues with our second post focused on how HP leverages Docker for internal use as well as customer solutions. 

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Best Practices in Hybrid Delivery

G7703078102007_JPGHighres.jpgDeborah Anthony, PhD, IT Transformation Strategist, HP Helion provides insight into the Hybrid Delivery Strategy currently being delivered to our enterprise cloud customers. 

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Watch HP Helion’s CTO discuss the future of hybrid cloud

Mark Potts (Exec Article 2) captioned2.jpgMark Potts, CTO for HP Helion, share his point of view on how hybrid cloud solutions will differ across enterprises. 

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Who moved my cheese? Changing the game in cloud security

As mobile and technologies decentralize the digital environments of organizations, the perimeter on which traditional cyber defenses are based upon is disappearing. The traditional perimeter defense approach can no longer protect against today’s advanced attacks or malicious insider attacks across the hybrid cloud environment.


Keep reading this article to learn about practical approaches to securing your hybrid cloud environment and where you can get help.

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Podcast: Introduction to Docker

Erez Yaary.jpgErez Yaary, HP Software Chief Technologist discusses the new Docker container technology. This is the first in a series of four Docker podcasts with Erez.

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Object Storage Solutions with CTERA for HP Helion

ctera.pngThe combination of HP Helion Content Depot object storage and CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform deliver a highly secure, enterprise-grade file service. Learn more about this joint solution and register for an upcoming webinar on August 20. 

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How mature is your hybrid cloud management?

IDCWhitePaper.PNGRead this opinion paper from IDC and see where your enterprise is on the hybrid cloud management maturity scale. IT pros will receive practical guidance on how best to reduce risk, evaluate policies and standards, perfect IT governance, and craft a roadmap with ITaaS as the final destination.

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Week in Review - Cloud28+ Initiative Continues to Grow

CMFRmRFWgAEcTL9.jpgWeekly update of cloud and HP Helion activities. 


Image: Winners of the HP Big Data Hackathon at HP BigData 2015 this week

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New HP Neutron Course Adding Momentum to OpenStack Curriculum

Last month, we re-introduced our partnership with EXIN offering the first vendor-neutral OpenStack™ certification exam available in the market. This month, our Education Services team is excited to announce the upcoming availability of a new OpenStack™ Neutron course for Troubleshooting and Tuning.


Keep reading to learn how this training can advance your OpenStack expertise.


Guest post by Kelly Baig, TS Education Services



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An Update on OpenStack Neutron, Magnum, and More at OpenStack Silicon Valley

download.jpgKyle Mestery, Senior Director and Chief Technologist of Open Source Networking at HP, and Neutron PTL provides insight into the latest OpenStack happenings in several projects ahead of the OpenStack Silicon Valley event in two weeks. 

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Role of Operations in DevOps 16-23-43.jpgLearn how operators play a critical role in the new DevOps paradigm and why operators are in more demand today than ever in cloud adoption. 

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3 hard lessons about embracing a hybrid cloud strategy to transform into service-oriented IT

Timeline of Cloud adoption.PNGIs your IT organization dragged down by technology of the past? At one company HP recently worked with, moving to cloud was the change it needed for greater competitiveness. As a result of the move the company can cost-effectively scale and adapt its infrastructure and set up platforms for new initiatives quickly and inexpensively.


In the space of less than three years, this company has successfully transformed into a nimble service-oriented IT organization built on standardization and end-to-end service automation. How did it get there? Keep reading to get are a few insights into the challenges they encountered, and how they overcame them.


Part of an ongoing series of guest posts about HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.

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Week in Review: Real World Advice Video Series Launches

apprationalimage.PNGWeekly update of cloud and HP Helion activities. 


*Image: Mike Corbin, HP Customer Success Management Principal video - Applications rationalization and the promise of the cloud

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Podcast: Financial Services - Key Drivers for Moving to Cloud

IG9350003082008_JPGHighres.jpgn this podcast, we discuss the impact of financial services on cloud computing in the enterprise. 

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How Mentor Graphics solved complex OS provisioning failure rate with HP Server Automation

SQL Schema.pngWith a multitude of different operating systems and hardware models, Mentor Graphics consistently experienced errors while provisioning servers. In this guest post by grid computing software developer James Bagley, he details how by using HP Server Automation and HP Operations Orchestration software Mentor Graphics saved time on troubleshooting. They developed a dynamic selection of only the operating system that works on the hardware. Read on to learn about the new virtual appliance that provides customers with an easy way to manage datacenter operations.


Part of an ongoing series of guest posts by HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.

Hack Day @ HP Big Data Conference Next Week

Capture.PNGAt next week's Big Data Conference in Boston HP is hosting Hack Day, an 8-hour long prototype sprint using HP IDOL OnDemand and HP Helion Developer Platform. Keep readign to learn how to participate in this sprint. 

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Black Hat 2015 and Multi-Cloud Security. The time is coming.

The security industry's most credible conference meets business process and compliance.

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Helion Network Ecosystem 101, 3-Part Series

infographic_tcm245_1767967_tcm245_1767965_tcm245-1767967.jpgMatthew Garrett, Director, Helion Network Marketing beings a three-part blog series on the HP Helion Network Ecosystem. 

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Week in Review: HP Acquires ActiveState Stackato

CLKRIgtWwAAxiBW.jpgWeekly update of cloud and HP Helion activities. 


Image: The #HelionFlag continues its travels to the UK with OCSL, HP Helion Network member. 

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Meeting Needs of IT and Business in the Enterprise with Hybrid Cloud

IMG_20131007_140940_661.jpgThe challenges faced by IT departments to meet the needs of their business stakeholders are nicely organized in a new blog from The VAR Guy. This post highlights the theme of that post and how HP's belief in the road to hybrid starting with private cloud ensures that our customers are meeting both IT and business needs.

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Accelerating Digital Innovation: How to Quickly Get Started with Mendix for HP Helion

mendix.pngIn this second post with Mendix, a step by step set of instructions is presented to install a demonstration application on HP Helion in the Mendix Business Modeler. 

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With HP Helion OpenStack, the sky’s the limit

Okinawa cross head.pngOkinawa Cross Head (OHC) looked to enhance their popular nas2cloud service with greater flexibility, scalability, and cost efficient data storage using OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT). However, the OCH technical team found the native OpenStack Community version lacked needed capabilities, and they were faced with having to scramble for another solution.


Keep reading to learn about their solution to this problem.

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Designing a management-friendly private cloud

Triple0_2.jpgDeborah Martin, Solutions Marketing, HP Helion provides four key points to consider when deploying a management-friendly private cloud. 

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Upgrading to HP Operations Orchestration 10? Here are Sentry Insurance’s tips for success

Dan Hyman.jpgLike any important IT infrastructure, upgrading a critical automation platform like HP Operations Orchestration requires planning and careful execution — especially if you choose to do it in-house. In this special guest post, an IT automation expert at Sentry Insurance explains how they made the move to HP Operations Orchestration v10 a success, including tips for other organizations to consider.

Part of an ongoing series of guest posts by HP Automation and Cloud Management customers.

Improve Server Automation and Patch Management with HP DCAA!

update2.jpgPatch management is one of the largest concerns for IT Operations. With new vulnerabilities and exploits being discovered almost daily, keeping systems up-to-date with patches is often a full-time job and it can be a drain on resources. Keep reading to find out System Administrators can automate the entire patching process with HP Data Center Automation Appliance.


With written contribution by Andy Mackay, HP Software Cloud and Automation 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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