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Financing a data center: Is capital the new risk?


These are interesting times for both the colocation industry, and also their potential customers, as their respective parts in the supply and demand equation play out.



HP's Ian Jagger explains...


The Power of UCC & Mobility

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a CIO Tech Dossier focused on the combination of Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), and Mobility.  This union will reap significant benefits to enterprise productivity as adoption increases.

Software-Defined Networking: the power of programmability

Want to provision your network resources at the same pace as your compute and storage resources? If so, you'll want to take a good look at SDN.

Tags: SDN

Find out why strategic planning is critical to data center success at Discover 2014

Find out more about data center strategic planning and the results it can deliver by attending a business breakout session at HP Discover 2014 titled “HP Critical Facilities Services Data Center Strategic Planning.” This blog describes what you can expect from this session and from the HP portfolio of Critical Facilities Services. 

So long, MS Exchange 2003 support. Are you ready to migrate to Exchange 2013 or MS Office 365?



Microsoft Exchange 2003 redefined enterprise messaging a decade ago, but for many businesses the time is ripe to move on. If yours is one of them, here’s how HP can help.

Tags: Messaging

The 3 Themes that Ruled Interop

By Kevin Kramer, HP Network & Mobility Portfolio Leader


Kevin Kramer.jpgThe buzz around these three topics at the recent Las Vegas event tells you a lot about where the network industry is headed.

Tags: Interop| SDN

The dis-advantages of being dis-connected

HP VP Mike Cronin explains the many advantages of getting your IT environment connected with HP. From being able to resolve problems super-fast to the ability to prevent those same problems and others from happening again, this is one smart connection every HP customer should make.

What is the ideal data center sourcing arrangement?



Bernard Cobb
Portfolio Lead, Modular Data Centers

HP Critical Facilities, Americas Region



In a recent Global Job Task Analysis, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) identified eleven core competencies of facility management: communication; emergency preparedness and business continuity; environmental stewardship and sustainability; finance and business; human factors; leadership and strategy; operations and maintenance; project management; quality; real estate and property management; and technology.


But what if that last competency – technology - was the foundation and managing force behind all of the other attributes of facility management? … (more)


Data Center Financing: Not for the faint of heart



Bernard Cobb
Portfolio Lead, Modular Data Centers

HP Critical Facilities, Americas Region



There are a few key fundamental indicators that are used in determining a company's health, credit worthiness, management effectiveness and ultimately in valuing its share price. Bernard Cobb explains... 




The value of a millisecond: winning the war against latency

Laura Cunningham small.jpgMichael Lewis’s recent book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” has created a storm of interest around High-Frequency Trading (HFT) and its effect on the stock market. No matter what industry you’re in, you can learn a lot from the ultra-high-performance latency reduction strategies of the HFT firms.

Friday blog roundup: robot shopping carts, faster employee self-service docs, Cloud storage, more

Here’s some recommended reading for a Friday afternoon … posts that caught my eye this week around the blogosphere.

4 good reasons to transform your storage environment

by Andre Carpenter


Enterprise storage technologies have advanced at a breathtaking pace in recent years. Is the time right for your organization to launch into a transformation?

Thinking Outside of the Box

When planning, designing, implementing and assuring data centers, it is imperative to understand the relationship of energy use in the data center and the energy/water use of the power plant that produces the electricity used in the facility.

Your IT should be just as connected as your toothbrush

If everything in your life is connected except your IT environment, find out how easy it is ... and how much it will save you ... to add IT to a "connectivity" list that includes toothbrushes, thermostats, home appliances, and just about everything else. Learn all about it in an April 15 webcast. 

Managing your Cloud transformation: how to communicate with stakeholders

by Patrick Pichon, International Project Director, HP Technology Services Consulting, EMEA


Communication.jpgThe journey towards Cloud presents some complex project management challenges. Here’s how to approach the most crucial success factor.

Blog roundup: Taming the data center management beast

The challenges of managing today’s uber-complex data centers have been a mainstay of discussions at this blog in recent months. If you’ve been following along, you might also want to check out these posts at Converged Infrastructure blog.

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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.
  • Craig Partridge is the WW strategy lead for HP Technology Services Networking group. His role now covers strategy for consulting, professional and support services. The major areas of focus are Mobility, UC, Cloud Networking and IPv6. All aligned to core HP networking solutions - simplified, secure, optimized and available.
  • 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.
  • Over 12 years of consulting, new technology services development and marketing experience covering data center, IT infrastructure, cloud technology domains. Hande holds a M.B.A degree from Bentley College, MA.
  • 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.
  • Editor and writer with 12+ years experience in the corporate software and technology sectors.
  • Jordan owns the strategic direction and evangelism of HP’s mobility and digital workplace services portfolio. He engages with customers around the world to discuss the tremendous potential of mobility for building more responsive, more nimble businesses and agencies by redefining end user productivity and innovation with IT solutions for the New Style of Business
  • 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.
  • Laura Cunningham is a CPA and business consultant with HP Technology Services Consulting. She helps CIOs and their teams bridge the gap between what the CIO wants and what the CFO requires by building a comprehensive business case that can withstand financial scrutiny.
  • I am on the WW Cloud and Big Data Solutions Team. I help our customers adopt HP advanced solutions that are made up of products and services from across HP. I have over 30 years experience in the technology business including 17 years of business ownership.
  • Strategist for large, complex and/or innovative solutions and projects. Broad mix of experiences developed in more than 20 years of technology-driven innovation. Fascinated by changes triggered by mix of behavior, needs and technology (now Cloud, Mobility, Big Data and more). Bachelor in Theoretical Physics. Certified HP Master ASE.
  • 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
  • I’m a Global Chief Engineer certified Exchange Architect and Master (MCA and MCM), specializing in Messaging, Mobility, Private Cloud, Unified Communications and Collaboration. This relates to all work to coordinate sales, pursuit and delivery readiness in all services that relate to HP's portfolio around Microsoft Exchange. Includes internal readiness as well as external events, analyst briefings. With 25+ year’s experience in the industry. Thomas has been involved with Microsoft products since 1993. Specialties: - Architecting complex public and private Cloud solutions for Exchange, SharePoint and Lync in standard, dedicated or hybrid scenarios. - Lead the HP specialists team unit to win and acheive our business targets and budget - Drive HP's Exchange Services for Private Cloud - Working with partners, vendors and internal teams to align, expand and grow HP's strategy.
  • 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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