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“Where do you guys come up with these things?” – The birth of a new services portfolio

As the first positive customer evaluations of the new HP “Care” portfolio of services start coming in, HP’s Mike Cronin discusses how HP developed the services that make up the portfolio.  Even more important, he outlines the reasons why HP developed this new family of services and how customers played a key role in defining the services’ features and capabilities.  

A Converged Infrastructure touch and ask and show and tell

Adopting a Converged Infrastructure approach can often seem like a journey into the unknown. That’s why one of the first stops on the trip should be the HP Enterprise Experience Center. There, you’ll be able to learn exactly what CI can do by experiencing hands-on the business value of the industry-leading HP Converged Infrastructure strategy.  

Thoughts from HP Discover: Forget “one-size-fits-all,” look for “right-sized” solutions

Lorenzo Gonzales.jpgIT can no longer afford to follow the comfortable chimera of generic solutions. Instead, you need a broad range of options for the workload your business requires.

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A Tech Postcard from Home: Happy Holidays – and Happy Turnaround, HP!

At a time of year when families converge for the holidays, it’s worth taking a few moments to celebrate the many ways that technology brings people together, and the distinctly rosy outlook for 2014.

The best way to learn the cloud is to live the cloud

You can learn about it, hear about it, and talk about it. But when it comes to figuring out exactly what the Cloud can do for your organization, there’s nothing like actually living it. HP’s Brad Keates explains how you can do just that with the HP Race to Results Converged Cloud simulation - coming in January to major cities in the U.S. and Canada.   

Beyond infrastructure convergence: how to deliver value to your business

By Mohammed Safder



Constant change is now a business fundamental on which IT must deliver. It’s time to take convergence to the next level. HP’s Converged Data Center model can help you weave together your processes and people, as well as your technology – and without doing a ton of rip-and-replace.




Taking Data Center Convergence to the Next Level

Earlier waves of IT asset integration and converged infrastructure have proved their value. Now it’s time to build on that success and pull more elements of the data center into a living, breathing whole.


Investing Against Cyber Crime

 Security is always front and center for HP products and services (see, for example, our announcement at Discover this week of cloud innovations with improved security.) And for good reason: The risks are rising, and the costs are staggering.

Building an Educational IT infrastructure – where there's no power or network

By James Cohen, Lead Portfolio Architect, Data Center Consulting Practice - IT Consolidation and Virtualization


Schoolroom.jpgI was talking to an educator from East Africa at HP Discover, and he posed an interesting problem.  He is looking to provide 40 workstations in 300 villages, in an area without mains power or networking. The goal is to enable educational services to be delivered to schools in each of the villages, enabling the pupils to access online learning.

Is Tape Really Dead?

By Darrell James, Worldwide Product Alignment Lead, HP Storage Consulting



It's impressive what can be stored on silicon these days. But rumors of the death of tape are greatly exaggerated.






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Tap into the HP brain-trust. Meet the HP Experts at HP Discover




To achieve greatness in today’s competitive world of business one can’t just dream; one has to take creative action. Stop by the Converged Infrastructure Guru Bar at Discover 2013 to meet the HP Experts and find out how to get started...



What will you find at HP Discover Barcelona 2013?

top-reasons.jpgHP Discover Barcelona 2013 kicks off tomorrow and, for 3 days, HP will be hosting hundreds of sessions focused on the hottest topics in the industry today – Big Data, Converged Cloud, Mobility, Security, Risk Management and more.


Here is a quick summary of everything that is going to be announced at Topics range from Big Data to Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Converged Management, Data Protection and Security, Mobility, Network, Storage, Datacenter Consulting and Datacenter Care.

HP Discover Barcelona: watch our HP leaders discuss leading industry topics Live!

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During the event, numerous HP leaders and business partners will discuss leading industry topics at the Innovation Theater. You can have free access to all of these discussions right here, through the live feed!


Topics to be discussed range from Big Data to Cloud, from Software-defined Networking to Mobility, IT strategy, Security and more.


This week I am in Barcelona. Another great HP Discover event in another beautiful city is about to start this week. Before the show,  I decided to walk through the city and enjoy the sun and great architecture.  The unique design, details and personality of each building not only reminded me of the era of the star Barcelona architects, but also made me think about technology.  


Why would anyone think of technology looking up at these great buildings?  Knowing a little about technology architects can help to answer this question..

Catch the Converged Data Center excitement at HP Discover

If you’ve been following recent posts at this blog, you’ll be familiar with the breakthrough approach to the data center that we’re calling the Converged Data Center model (see, for example, The Converged Data Center – Solving a system of problems and The elephant in the data center). It’s an approach that goes far beyond the concept of the software-defined data center, and beyond data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools. At HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona this week you can hear our top experts explain how it all works and chat with them about what the Converged Data Center can do for your business. Two sessions you should definitely attend ...

Tags: Convergence

Need advice for HP Discover? Three hints from an experienced insider

At HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona you can select your topics from a broad set of technologies and solutions; here are my hints to make the best use of your time.

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  • I’m a Global Strategist, a certified (PMI) Project Manager, specializing in business to IT alignment, agility consulting, Infrastructure Transformation and Strategic Architecture for Big Data, Mobility, Private Cloud, Unified Communications and Collaboration. I drive the strategy, vision and content of strategic consulting services in the Big Data IT Infrastructure services area at HP. As part of this, I meet with senior level customers to understand their challenges, conduct workshops to determine future vision and roadmaps as well as presenting at industry and analyst events.
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  • Don has held roles with the business and marketing of consulting for HP. Currently he supports HP's Client and Microsoft Solutions and the emerging Mobility Consulting services. He holds a MBA from UCLA's Anderson School.
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  • Having joined HP in 2003 Ian Jagger is the world-wide marketing and program manager for HP Technology Consulting's Strategic Consulting Services, Critical Facilities Services and Energy and Sustainability Management Services, as well as emerging IT services Prior to his current role, he served as the HP Services Marketing Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, having joined HP in a similar role in the Middle East. Prior to HP Jagger had a 15 year international sales career, culminating in being Sales and Marketing Director for Steelcase Inc addressing Northern Europe before focusing more specifically on marketing. His initial focus was consultancy and interim marketing management, primarily for small to mid-sized customers based or looking to expand in the Middle Eastern region. Immediately prior to joining HP he was a strategic marketing consultant addressing investment targets for a technology fund. Born in Rochdale, United Kingdom, Jagger holds an honors bachelor of science degree in economics and a degree in social psychology from Loughborough University, England. He also holds a Masters Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer. He has one daughter and lives in Cary, North Carolina.
  • Jeff Enters works in the HP Technology Services Networking organization and consults with customers on their IT strategies. He has over 20 years of consulting, design and integration experience in multi-vendor Voice and Data environments.
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  • Ken Larson has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology aligning business to technology. As an Enterprise Architect, he has delivered many successful architecture related services across business and government sectors in manufacturing, insurance, banking, oil, utilities, US state and federal governments. He is certified in TOGAF and IT Service Management.
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  • Working for EMEA TS Consulting, I am a Specialist in end to end management of customer data, from creation through consumption, to protection and preservation and ultimately (controlled) destruction. This includes, host, connectivity, storage, data protection and backup and archive, from a technical and more importantly, operational perspective. I have worked in the storage and data management industry for over 15 years, on both sides of the desk, as a customer and now as a consultant.
  • Patrick Lownds is a Senior Technology Consultant and is involved in designing and delivering both Client Virtualization and Cloud Computing solutions in the datacenter. Patrick co-authored “Mastering Hyper-V Deployment
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  • Tim Swiader has twenty plus years in the Information Technology industry. He has worked primarily with the fortune 100 and legacy carriers transforming their applications, networks and data center facilities.
  • Tari is a Distinguished Technologist with 30 years of IT and cyber security experience. He is dual board certified in information security/business continuity and is responsible for a wide range of management and technology consulting services encompassing information security, disaster recovery, privacy, and risk management. His problem-solving skills, knowledge of various technology platforms, compliance statutes, industries, as well as his experience in deploying defense-in-depth and InfoSec Program solution architectures is commonly applied when advising CIOs/CISOs as well as leveraged in numerous HP client engagements throughout the world. Tari has designed, built, and managed some of the world’s largest InfoSec programs allowing them to defend against even the most aggressive attackers.
  • I provide technical consulting services at all phases including analysis, planning, design and implementation. I have a wide range of experience in WAN and LAN technologies, as well as providing security solutions and deploying operating system infrastructure. Besides working directly with clients to deploy technology in their data centers, I also find myself architecting or discussing solutions with a business’s chief information officer, helping to lay out a roadmap for the coming years.
  • Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, is a Distinguished Technologist at HP Data Center Facilities Consulting (DCFC). He is responsible for execution of project work, training and mentoring of internal engineering and consulting teams, research and analysis of topics related to data center energy use, and industry presentations and writing assignments. He is one of the main technical contributors who have shaped the DCFC technical expertise in energy use optimization and sustainable design practices in data centers. He is a member of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer Editorial Advisory Board.
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