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Friday roundup: Software-defined Data Center at VMworld

SDDC continues to gain mind-share among forward-looking IT organizations. Catch up on the news out of VMware's big event this week ...

Tags: SDDC| VMWorld

HP Trusted Network Transformation: helping you find the right road to SDN

by Ron Irvine, HP Global Portfolio Consulting Director for Mobility and Networking


Today's networks are not just static – they're brittle. The challenge facing network decision-makers is how to evolve to a flexible, SDN-driven network without drastic rip-and-replace and without disrupting the business.


Tags: SDN| VMWorld

A perfect storm for enterprise networking – and a way through it

By Ron Irvine, HP Global Portfolio Consulting Director for Mobility and Networking


Ron Irvine.small.jpgNetwork leaders are facing three huge challenges. Fortunately there's some good news in the quest for a more responsive network ...

Tags: VMWorld
Labels: HP SDN

Why the big buzz around Software-defined Networking?

There's important news about SDN from VMworld today with the announcement of the general availability of the HP-VMware networking solution as both a standalone and as part of HP Converged Systems. Here's why SDN is such a big deal.



IMPORTANT UPDATE 9.19.14: Watch this blog for more big SDN announcements from HP coming up just in time for Interop New York, Sept. 29–Oct 3. Come and chat with our networking experts in booth No. 121 at the event.

Labels: HP SDN

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support: A transformational moment?

What’s involved in moving on from WS2003 when Microsoft ends support next July? Could be a migration to Windows Server 2013 … or much more.



Bringing it all together with HP Helion



Jeremy Brann, HP Alliance Executive, considers it to be his job #1 to make sure that setting out on your cloud journey is neither scary nor complex.  Watch him on this newly released video where he talks about the promise of HP Helion...

3 questions to help you choose the right services partner for your x86/Windows Server migration

by Hande Sahin-Bahceci, Solution Marketing Manager, HP Worldwide Converged Infrastructure, SDDC Services Marketing


Lenovo is planning to acquire IBM’s x86 server business, and Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 in July 2015. Many businesses will be eyeing a migration project and looking for a services partner to help guide it. If yours is one of them, here are the key points to consider.

HP and Microsoft: An unbeatable combination at work for you

For 30 years, the HP | Microsoft partnership has been bringing outstanding solutions to companies around the world. If you are looking for excellence, experience, expertise, and responsiveness in an IT partner, perhaps now is the time to ask HP to bring one or more of these solutions to you.Check out what this great partnership has to offer.

Do virtualization ratios matter?

by James Cohen, Consulting Strategist, HP Data Center Consulting


James_Cohen_badge.pngHere's a question that keeps coming up in my conversations with IT leaders: "Is it possible to get to 90 percent virtualization?"


My answer is always the same ...

Tags: HP Moonshot| SDN

More on Cisco's stance on SDN

In a flurry of blogs in June, HP experts took a long, hard look at Cisco’s latest claims around its approach to Software-defined Networking – and found them unconvincing, to say the least. The discussion continues in these posts at HP Networking ...

Tags: cisco| HP 5400R
Labels: networking| SDN

Planning a datacenter? Make sure you have the right tools and perspective




How is developing a data center strategy like solving a murder mystery? New HP blogger Derek Niece provides a high-level overview of HP’s approach – and suggests that sometimes the process resembles a mix of good detective work -- like leveraging crime databases, forensics -- and perspective, based on years of experience.

Ready to say goodbye to Windows Server 2003? Make sure your users are too, with training from HP

By Ed Burke, Education Consulting Portfolio Lead, HP Worldwide Education Services


IT organizations are saying goodbye to 2003 by gearing up for migration projects and infrastructure changes. Are the end users ready to make the transition?

De-risking Network Transformation

Undertaking a big network overhaul has been compared to doing open-heart surgery on an Olympic athlete while he’s in the middle of a gold-medal race! That’s surely overstating the case, but there’s no question a big network project can be intimidating. HP has the answer to massive complexity and risk: the HP Trusted Network Transformation.


Tags: SDN

Data center platform strategy for IBM/Lenovo customers: HP can help you make smart decisions

by Mohammed Safder, Worldwide Lead, HP IT Strategy Consulting Services



If your data center is heavily invested in IBM’s x86 servers, you’ll no doubt be facing some tough questions in view of the uncertainties raised by the IBM/Lenovo deal. Here are my six top recommendations to manage the change.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: HP is now promoting a bunch of special offers to help you jump-start your organization on its path beyond IBM/Lenovo uncertainty. Learn more about our free offers and other ways to save here.

Of tyes and bytes

What do your favorite article of clothing and bytes have in common. For one thing, you have to be able to find them quickly when you need them. And that's not always easy. Find out what else they might share in this blog from HP's Mark Esparza.

New employee? New mobile device? No prob! HP's approach to BYOD

How to cope with users' demands for pervasive mobility services, the massive churn on mobile devices, and the need to deliver the productivity tools that users need in minutes rather than days? HP has the answers.


Important Update 9.28.14: If you’re attending the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2014, don’t miss Yanick Pouffary’s session on Mobilizing Business (the Symposium is currently sold out, but Gartner is running a wait list here). Yanick is HP Distinguished Technologist and Chief Technologist for Network Services, and she’ll be explaining how businesses can change BYOD from a nuisance into a competitive advantage – more here. Plus, get a guided tour of our Mobility Transformation Experience Workshop (on Oct. 8) and visit our Zero-to-Productive demo in the HP booth at the show.


Tags: Mobility| MS Lync

Are you on the Healthcare Security Wall of Shame?

Tari Standing.jpgAs required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) publishes a “wall of shame” of companies experiencing breaches affecting five hundred or more individuals. Continue reading to learn some lessons gleaned from the analysis of 1,178 data breach incidents affecting well over 30 million individuals.

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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.
  • Jeff James is a Content Marketing Strategy Manager for HP Enterprise, focusing on HP Technology Services. He is the former Editorial Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, and also was the Editor-in-Chief of both Windows IT Pro and Microsoft Technet Magazine. Jeff also served as an editorial director at the LEGO Company, and has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning technology writer, journalist, and digital content producer. Jeff started writing technology articles for AmigaWorld, Computer Gaming World, and other tech publications and websites in the early 1990's.
  • 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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