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Cloud reference materials – for free…

cloud.pngEarlier this month, I had some fun posting a song about private cloud architects, today I’d like to back it up with some materials that may actually be useful.

 

HP and Microsoft have jointly defined a Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture   based on best-in-class HP Converged Infrastructure and Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center. This site may be useful for those going who are closely aligned with Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing.

 

There is also other reference architecture and materials sites like:

There are also a few free books at the HP Book Store, including:

Cloud launch from HP today

Cloud ideas2.pngEvery 7-10 years, technology development and delivery undergoes a fundamental shift that opens up new business models and value generation opportunities. These shifts fundamentally change the way that technology is consumed and the value that it can bring. These shifts change what is possible and break down the barriers to innovation. Today, mobility, consumerization and cloud computing are signposts that mark the shift that is underway.

 

So what is the implication for IT? 

  • Opportunities - but at the same time, risk
  • Agility - but at the same time, a need for control
  • Flexibility – but also the possibility of lock-in

 

These conflicts point to the need for innovation.

 

The HP cloud offerings announced today are a start down the road to changing the way, infrastructure is built, applications are developed, services are defined and information is delivered. I will not cover the details in this post (you can see the press release for the official view), but focus instead on some of the underlying philosophy.

 

Early adopters of cloud services have found these techniques can provide both an improved “time-to-value” as well as cost flexibility.  Today, many mainstream organizations see cloud services as a key delivery model that can increase their ability to address organizational objectives in a demanding and unpredictable world -- a world where a major constraint is the number of seconds in a day.  A world where cloud enabled practices can be a cornerstone of their ability to gain access to the right IT services, from the right places, at the right time, at the right cost; and create the means to speed innovation, enhance agility and improve financial management.

 

HP believes organizations will need to implement a hybrid delivery strategy that will leverage cloud services as part of their IT delivery and consumption strategy. To make this happen, HP’s focus is on enabling choice, not making choices for organizations. Hopefully everyone recognizes that if you have a well understood set of computational requirements that are stable and consistent, it is better to own these capabilities – in those cases, “the cloud” will not be cheaper similar to the reason why it can be cheaper to own a home rather than rent one. So our view is that new more flexible solutions will be combined with traditional means to build and consume IT services.  HP is also trying to continue to support a market where there are leaders and laggards in the adoption of cloud, so one size cannot fit all organizations.

 

In order to deliver on the promise of the cloud and hybrid delivery, where everything has to be sourced and assembled at will -- information in all forms must be harnessed and exploited from inside and outside the enterprise in a secure fashion. This is an area where HP is performing research and development, since there are still many unknowns about the best way to address this need. This flexibility demand creates an environment where the IT mix can rapidly shift as organizational requirements change. Naturally, this will require changes to how software is architected and written. Application development and operational infrastructure must be visible, accessible and manageable in a consistent manner. Standardization must be in place to allow portability of services across deployment models and reduce lock-in.

 

HP’s approach to address this area is called the Converged Cloud - providing the unconstrained access to IT resources that organizations require, fulfilling their objectives. HP Converged Cloud provides access to “Infrastructure Anywhere,” “Applications Anywhere,” and “Information Anywhere.” Today’s announcements are just the start of a whole series of offerings and services we’ll be hearing more about over the coming weeks.

 

HP will deliver the HP Converged Cloud experience across four key customer scenarios. The typical journeys that customers tackle to fully embracing the cloud:

  • Making it safe for corporate developers to unleash innovation for mobility and consumerization while leveraging public cloud infrastructure safely and securely throughout the service lifecycle
    • Cloud-enabling existing data centers beyond virtualization to include automation and full hybrid delivery
    • Cloud Services provisioning from infrastructure, application, network, information, and SaaS-centricity standpoints.
    • Sourcing new virtual services from outside the enterprise that deliver the information in the context of your enterprise, and then consumption of that information directly by the user, application or business process.

 

HP’s Converged Cloud will be underpinned by a single architecture built on proven, industry-leading Converged Infrastructure (Servers, Storage, Networking) and new Converged Management and Security software (Automation, Management, Security);  and combined with enterprise-class, hardened open source technology (OpenStack) to deliver an enterprise-class IT service delivery capability which delivers the flexibility and choice the industry demands.

 

To learn more about the cloud computing services being announced by HP Enterprise Services, check out this blog post by Alison Watterson as well.

 

If you are on twitter you might try to watch the tag #convcloud on Thursday starting at about 1PM EDT. There is a twitter chat scheduled. I know if I have 2¢ to add, I’ll chime in.

 

Upcoming HP Mastering the Cloud event in Canada

hp_mtc_logo.jpgHP will be hosting a series of Cloud related demonstrations across Canada in January and February.

It looks like I am going to be there to help out at the events in Montreal and Toronto talking with people about cloud capabilities, HP labs and the new dimensions of business value generation that are possible when we begin to rethink the abundance of IT capabilities available to us.

 

Throughout each day, the HP team will be capturing interesting facts and trends and sending out real-time updates on Twitter. We will also be publicizing events happening in the Cloud Exhibit Zone.

TWITTER account: @HPenterpriseCA

Hashtag: #CloudCA

 

The Toronto’s event will also be featuring the HP Performance Optimized Data Center!

 

You can register here for the Canadian Master the Cloud event..

12 days of HP Converged Infrastruc​ture

The folks over at the coverged infrastructure blog just released - The 12 days of HP Converged Infrastruc​ture.

 

It seemed clever so I thought I'd promote it.

What HP is Doing to Enable an Instant-On Approach to Business (3rd in a series)

HP is the largest IT company in the US, so there are a number of products and offerings that are focused on driving out latency, increasing visibility and maximizing business value for organizations. This post just summaries a few that are focused on this instant on push.

 

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  • HP Application Transformation solutions: HP transforms applications and processes designed for another era. HP helps enterprises gain control over aging applications and inflexible processes that challenge innovation and agility by governing their responsiveness and pace of change.

  • HP Converged Infrastructure solutions: HP breaks through traditional, rigid IT silos with a converged infrastructure specifically engineered to drive out costs and provide the foundation for agile service delivery. Through the integration of server, storage, networking and management resources, HP delivers the data center of the future.

  • HP Enterprise Security solutions: HP secures the entire IT infrastructure by addressing all aspects of security – people, processes, technology and content. HP’s portfolio of products and services aligns security to meet ever-changing business and government demands without losing flexibility. 

  • HP Information Optimization solutions: HP helps organizations rethink how information is gathered, stored and used – harnessing the power of information and ensuring its integrity and protection while delivering it in the context of the enterprise.

 

  • HP Hybrid Delivery: HP’s approach to helping organizations work through the issues and maximize the value from dedicated system, private cloud and even public cloud approaches as we move to this everything as a service world.

 

In an Instant-On Enterprise, value is designed, built, and delivered in the form of technology-enabled services. Leading enterprises recognize that there is no “one” singular model of delivery that can be optimized to meet all core service needs. Enterprises will continue to have environments containing traditional, outsourced and cloud services for the foreseeable future. HP’s flexible approach helps clients build, manage and consume services using the right delivery model for them. 

 

All of these approaches have a core set of believes that drive them. The offerings need to be:

 

  • Proven: With decades of experience & technology leadership
  • Open: Built on open systems, not proprietary vendor lock-in based approaches
  • Modular: Able to start small, add and grow as needed
  • Collaborative: It’s an “and not or” world. The connections are important.
  • Innovative: Helping solve problems on any scale

There is also this post out there on the CloudTweeks blog that provides another perspective as well as this post from Forbes' Quentin Hardy

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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