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canada.jpgThis week I have been in Canada talking with a number of organizations about the changes taking place in computing and the implications on business. Universally, there was interest in the use of data visualization (3D?) and other techniques applied to facilitate decision making and possibly even automating some of these traditional knowledge worker activities.


Many organizations were focused on the balancing act needed between a private cloud approach and the access to short-term computing resources that a public cloud provides. Unfortunately, when we discussed the tools used, none of the software was ready for this burst out approach to computing. With some where the organization created the code, it may be possible to address their needs in the short term. Others were COTS solutions that are unlikely to go down that path anytime soon. Some techniques to segment data and move processing around can be tried but that definitely tactical and not strategic.


One item that came out during the discussions were the skills needed to move existing code to this more agile approach. Where can those skills be found? Are there methods that can be used? We described a range of options (from HP and others). Also can GPU processing approaches be applied to radically parallelize the effort – unfortunately, those skills remain pretty hard to come by but powerful and increasingly relevant.


HP has preannounced a whole series of high performance tablets that may also influence how these applications are consumed, since we’re finding more people who are working from non-traditional locations with 5 minutes to spare to address a situation.


We tried to describe the abundance of capabilities and possibilities available, and help them to think about what remains scarce for their own particular situation.  Like most IT organizations today, they are burdened by their legacy of successes and freeing up resources to tackle new things is one of the key activities for CIOs going forward.

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:

CRM, Cloud computing, 2013 and changes in IT spending


Recently Gartner put out a press release saying Cloud and CRM will drive enterprise software spending in 2013 and 2014. I found this focus on CRM a bit confusing based on all the other demands on spending. One of the interesting areas is the use of private clouds. HP has some new hardware coming out soon that should be of interest to anyone interested in cloud hardware.


See if moonshot will be right for you. Many of the issues defined as tech trends, should be addressed more effectively and economically by the moonshot approach than traditional hardware. 

Misconceptions about private cloud

Cloud notice.pngGartner had a post on The Five Things that Private Cloud is Not. They stated that Private Cloud is not:

  1. Virtualization
  2. Just about cost reduction
  3. On-Premise
  4. Only IaaS
  5. Always going to be private


This was a good list of things to keep in mind. I have to dispute the last one a bit though, since many times organizations as they get larger will move to a private cloud to keep costs down and have greater control over their SLAs.  For the variable part of the workload, public cloud can be more effective though, since you may be able to structure the environment so you only pay for that variable portion.


I would add a few more that we discussed in a #convcloud twitter session the other day.


  • Private clouds are not always the security answer – Organizations that use private cloud still have to address security concerns. It may be within the organizations firewall… But remember most security leaks are inside jobs.
  • Private clouds are not always the best way to get started with cloud – They are definitely a way to get started, but many organizations do public cloud first and then as they understand their demand develop a private cloud.
  • Private clouds don’t need SLAs – Just like any shared resources, there need to be rules and an understanding of how the environment is working and value is being generated. Metrics will serve a key role in the on-going care and feeding of a private cloud.


Are there things about private cloud that you believe the market is confused about?

HP cloud management tools for a hybrid environment

ConvergedCloud.pngNo organization large enough to have a private cloud will likely have just HP servers in their environment, so diverse environment management is likely to be common requirement in the private cloud. Yet there don’t appear to be many products on the market that address diverse environments (Converged Cloud) well.


HP CloudSystem Matrix is available as a popular turnkey solution bundled with HP servers, but many don't realize that it is also available as HP CloudSystem Matrix software that can be used with non-HP systems, in existing environments.


As I think about the kind of management required as the automation concept moves out of IT and into business processes as a whole, a much better understanding of the integration needs of diverse environments will be required for these flexible approaches to burst out of IT. Cloud computing is just the IT implementation of a much larger automation trend.

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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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