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Sweet, Simple and Explosive? Suite on HANA, Simple Finance, and a cool explosion video as a bonus!

Guest Blogger: Swen Conrad


The recent parallel announcements of SAP Simple Finance and HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA motivated my blog about the increasing business value of Suite on HANA and the ability to run such a mission critical system in a low risk fashion.

With IBM out of the x86 server game, it’s time for “Plan B”. Why is HP the smart choice?

IBM has sold its x86 server business to Lenovo and many customers concerned about ongoing innovation and support are looking at the alternatives.    Learn about how HP can help.

Open + Simple = The HP and VMware Strategy for the Software-Defined Data Center

Guest blogger: Ken Spear, senior marketing manager for HP Enterprise Group


HP and VMware announced this week at VMworld that we are taking our partnership to a new level to make the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) more open while keeping it simple. Open + Simple is very important in an emerging SDDC framework, because it makes it easier for customers to realize the benefits of this innovative technology today, while reducing the risks and costs longer term.

Making the Software-Defined Data Center Easier Through Partnership

Guest blogger: Jeff Carlat, Director of product management, HP Converged Systems


Today I’m at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, and the talk is all about the software-defined data center (SDDC). This approach is about the promise of providing customers with greater simplicity, agility and speed through far more efficient management and automation of IT infrastructure and operations. This week HP and VMware deepened our partnership and stated our commitment to develop an open and flexible path to SDDC together.

Leading the Way to the Software-Defined Data Center

Guest blogger: Paul Miller is the Vice President of Product Marketing for HP Converged Systems.


The vision of the software-defined data center (SDDC) has taken an important step towards reality today. Two industry leaders, HP and VMware, are expanding their partnership, working together to offer an open approach of the SDDC. This partnership is focused on enabling customers to reap the business benefits of an open approach to SDDC, while reducing the risks and costs associated with implementing their vision for IT as-a-Service.

What in-memory computing can do for you (and your Big Data)

Unlike traditional Big Data analytics methods that separate data storage from the processing elements, in-memory computing uses main memory for storing data.Using simplified algorithms, in-memory computing executes fewer CPU instructions and reduces seek-time during the data-query process, resulting in much faster performance than disk-based data storage.

3 reasons why you can’t afford to ignore the IBM/Lenovo x86 server deal

IBM has sold its x86 server business to Lenovo (subject to regulatory approval) and many customers are concerned about the impact of the deal on their businesses.  In the first of two blogs, Allen Greene, HP’s Smart Choice – US, Sales Exec - who works with customers to help leverage HP technology to enable better business outcomes and make the Smart Choice- outlines some of the concerns that IBM customers have.

HP OneView and HP OMI – An Open Bridge to the Software Defined Data Center

By guest blogger Randy Levensalor


Transitioning to the software-defined data center (SDDC) just became easier as a result of a new integration of two essential platforms. Thousands of enterprise worldwide use HP Business Service Management (BSM) and third party tools to monitor and manage their IT operations. Now these organizations can transition their existing management software and processes to the SDDC through the integration of the HP Operations Manager i (OMi) and HP OneView

EMEA customers see fast path to results with HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization

By Guest blogger Mark Payne, Vice President, HP Converged Systems EMEA


Mark Payne, Vice President of HP Converged Systems EMEA, shares how the HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization has helped two Dutch customers with very different business models on their journeys to the cloud.

Why HP Smart Choice is the Right Choice for Customers and partners: HP’s Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith is Vice President of Strategic Growth and Business Development for HP Servers within HP’s Enterprise Group. He’s well known as a strong HP “Channel Champion” and is spearheading the HP Project Smart Choice initiative. I recently had the opportunity to discuss his point of view about IBM and Lenovo, find out about why he’s excited about Project Smart Choice and see why HP has a well-earned reputation as a “Channel Champion” in the industry.

Join the HP Converged Systems team at VMworld 2014 San Francisco

Are you ready to tackle any workload at any scale? Then you’re ready for the New Style of IT. Fast time to value and low cost of ownership are what you get with every HP ConvergedSystem, which by the way comes integrated with VMware vCenter Operations Management for powerful Analytics and deeper troubleshooting tools for VMware administrators. Read on to learn which session to add to your ‘must see’ list and the demos offered at HP Booth #1005.

Want a cool new way to deploy remote desktops for the graphics needs of today’s applications?

By Guest blogger Karen Brown, Product Marketing, HP Converged Systems


Read what experts are saying about the HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops - a new and cool way of deploying remote desktops where both users and IT win!

Is it time for IBM to say 'Goodbye to the Machine'?

I pulled this title off a recent 451 Group research paper, published July 10, 2014, and although I have written previous blogs on IBM departing the server business, I don’t believe that IBM is anywhere close to saying “Goodbye to the Machine”.

HP ConvergedSystem:Time-saving solutions for general-purpose and application-specific workloads

By Guest blogger Carolyn Boyle, HP Converged Systems


HP ConvergedSystem products are self-contained building blocks comprised of servers, storage, networking, software and services. They’re easy to purchase, deploy and manage. Best of all, they are purpose-built for today’s critical workloads in virtualization, cloud and Big Data. Learn more by attending the launch of The ConvergedSystem Showcase on August 19. Engage HP experts live to learn how HP ConvergedSystem can benefit your IT organization and business.

HP ConvergedSystem: building blocks for speed, value and innovation

By Guest blogger Carolyn Boyle, HP Converged Systems


HP ConvergedSystem products are self-contained building blocks comprised of servers, storage, networking, software and services. They’re easy to purchase, deploy and manage, allowing you to spend less time managing technology and more time innovating. Attend the launch of The ConvergedSystem Showcase on August 19 to learn the capabilities and benefits of HP ConvergedSystem and engage HP experts live.

Is IBM travelling in the same direction as your business?

The sale of IBM’s x86 server division to Lenovo for $2.3 billion has caused many previously loyal customers to look for an alternative technology partner. At HP, we’re doing everything we can to help ease the transition based on our innovative technology designed to enable better business outcomes, extensive multi-vendor experience and global support presence.

The anatomy of a shark and how it relates to your datacenter infrastructure

I thought it would be good to flag an article I recently wrote and promote the CIO forum at the same time. I helped develop a shark anatomy reference to the datacenter presentation used at the recent HP Discover Las Vegas, which I thought would be interesting to create a blog from. 

Software-defined Data Center: What it is and why it matters

SDDC continues to draw the attention of IT leaders, and rightly so – it offers the potential for significant gains in agility, cost savings and availability.


HP OneView Beats Cisco UCS Manager on What Matters Most to Customers

By Ken Spear, Product Marketing, HP Converged Systems


Like most customers, you probably want the ability to detect and remediate problems from your converged or integrated systems management solution. Read how HP OneView and Cisco UCS Manager did in performing these tasks in independent testing conducted by the analyst firm Demartek.

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