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Becoming a Cloud Champion to boost your career

I have gotten a bunch of calls and email about my earlier Cloud blog posts. A mix of colleagues and customers asking for clarification on what it means to be a “Cloud Champion.” Apparently I’m not the only one who sees Cloud as a great opportunity to make a big bet – on both improving your IT management and advancing your career.

Top 3 IT Operations predictions for 2011

A guest post from Kalyan Ramanathan, Director of Product Marketing for BSM.



One of the advantages of being at a large IT vendor like HP is that I get to hear from many of customers - both big and small. Many of these customers talk to me about the current IT challenges that keeps them up at night, the trends that they are following, and their priorities and investments for the next 12 - 18 months.


It is with this vantage point that I am able to make predictions in terms of what will be hot in IT operations in 2011. So here goes my top 3.

2010 Retrospective: technology trends, market changes, new products

2010 was an exciting year for IT infrastructure management. We saw several technology trends accelerate, some new competitors enter the market, many new product releases from HP, and numerous existing customer presentations at the two Software Universe events this year. Not a bad year of innovation and growth for an industry that continues to evolve, sometimes in leaps and bounds, after two decades.

Real-World Best Practices for Mastering the Cloud with BSM (free webinar)

More than any other force in recent memory, Cloud-based solutions are driving a sharp focus on what lines of business really need from IT services.  Driven by initial enthusiasm around potential cost savings, business stakeholders often run into a less than perfect quality of experience; in some cases, finding out that what they’re paying for isn’t quite what they wanted.  At the same time, IT finds itself in the difficult position of being responsible for service quality while having exponentially more variables to contend with.


Learn how Seagate IT relied on an HP Business Service Management (BSM) strategy to “Master the Cloud.”

Leading bloggers on virtualization and cloud

I had the pleasure last Friday of attending a short portion of an event in which a group of leading bloggers attended a series of presentations at HP’s Executive Briefing Center in Cupertino.


During one of the breaks I had some very interesting conversations. Here are the highlights...

Virtualization Management white paper

I just got back from an exciting week at VMworld. Many of my discussions in the booth focused around managing virtual environments, using some combination of vCenter, HP System Insight Manager, and HP Operations Manager with our Virtualization Smart Plug-In. Simplicity was a common theme as customers wanted a single console to manage as much of their infrastructure as possible- physical and virtual, servers, storage, and networks. We have a white paper that discusses converged monitoring, along with related topics.

Highlights from HP Software Universe in Hamburg

Another guest post from Lillian Hull, product manager for Operations Manager on Linux and Unix.
- Peter

I was quite pleased to be able to spend 3 days last December meeting with customers at our biannual conference, held in the U.S. and also in Europe.  HP Software Universe 2009 EMEA was in Hamburg, Germany with 150 agenda sessions, including 6 about Operations Center and provided a wealth of information and subject matter experts.

I co-presented with HP Operations Manager architect Hans-Peter Schmollinger on “HP Operations Manager 9 on Linux”.  The session was well-attended with approximately 100 people in the cavernous room.  HP OML 9 is the newest member of the HP Operations Manager family and already beginning to be utilized at several customer sites.  We covered configuration exchange among OM servers, OM monitoring the Cloud, migration and showed a live demo including policy types and versioning which are now common across OM supported platforms.

Here is some of the feedback we received about the presentation:

  • From a major telecom, “A very good, solid session.”

  • From another large telecom – “ positively surprised about HP OM capabilities after your session.” 

  • From a healthcare company, “One of the best technical sessions!”

  • From the public sector, “I was very inspired after your session.”

Though it was below 0 ° Celsius, we appreciate the very warm reception.

Thanks to the 3200+ customers, presenters and partners who helped make HP Software Universe in Hamburg very successful!  And hope to see you at the next HP Software Universe either in Washington D.C. in June 2010 or Barcelona, Spain in December 2010.

For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.

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Virtualization and Cloud Computing

I read a very interesting blog post today written by Thomas Bittman of Gartner on the relationship between virtualization and cloud computing.

The key takeaway is that the choices you make today regarding virtualization will have a strong influence on your cloud strategy in the future.

I'm looking forward to learning more about this at VMworld in a couple of weeks.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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