HP Product Manager Mike Verdugo releases new info on the next generation of the Cloud System portfolio, with major enhancements to the solution. HP's over all cloud portfolio includes a complete set of build and operate solutions and complementary consume operations such as public cloud and managed cloud services. The new product expands the build and operate solution, which is already in use with over 1200 customers worldwide. The new system introduces a self service marketplace portal and major enhacements to the user experience. There is also increased integration with HP OveView offering the same integration services at the hardware and cloud services level.
Both enterprise and hosting provider customers will find the new solution of interest. Mike discusses HP contributions to OpenStack. This next version of Cloud System is build on HP Cloud OS, a major contribution to OpenStack. This offers protection against lock-in and allows customers long term flexibility in Cloud environments.
In this SDRNews interview, Langton Blue Ltd Founder Chris Evans expands on his recent article in Computerweekly on the topic of types of storage architectures that are able to respond to the massive volume of data expected in IT environments over the next few years. He sees Scale-Out storage, where the storage infrastructure is loosely-coupled and expanded by adding nodes ,as the long term winner.
The introduction of storage area networks, iSCSI and Fibre Channel removed many of the physical barriers for storage and server connection, but issues such as multiple workloads on a storage asset, maintenance and upgrade complications increase with storage capacity.
Chris predicts that over the next five years that the Scale-Out technology will clearly gain traction on the replacement plans of most enterprise architects. He offers some predictions concerning specific companies that appear to be well positioned to help those plans.
Chris M. Evans is an independent consultant with Langton Blue, a London-based consultancy. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 1980s, after receiving a BSc (Hons) in computational science and mathematics from the University of Leeds. For most of the last 20 years, Chris has worked as an independent consultant, focusing on open systems storage and more recently virtualisation and cloud. In addition to his consultancy work, Chris blogs at architecting.it and produces articles for online publications. You can contact him on twitter @chrismevans or via email at email@example.com.
HP Group Manager Brent Allen of HP Converged Systems reveals some of the thoughts that HP used as a basis for the newly introduced 300 and 700 series converged systems, code named Shark. These systems focus on dedicated workloads such as Virtualization, Private/Hybrid cloud, Client Virtualization (VDI), Big Data systems such as Hadoop or HP Vertica. Working closely with partners such as VMware and SAP as well as channel partners, HP is able to address issues such as speed of deployment (less than 20 days in some cases), rapid quote time for systems, and efficiency of design throughout the product life cycle.
This is a bit different from some go to market strategies that HP has used in the past, with a "Channel First" plan that has evolved out of the theme of converged infrastructure that HP has been promoting for several years, but moving integrated deployment up to the system level.
The offerings include financing and the ability to reduce the time required to meet a requirement, as well as templates for various application deployment schemes, saving costs in consulting and configuration settings for both channel partners and end customers.
You are here: Home
HP's Yarnin Israel, Consulting TME for Mobility Services at HP provides an overview of the technology behind the HP Labs Smart Shopper application, offering the ability of retail applications to derive income from the network by alerting shoppers to retail specials, using regular 802.11 access points.
Using the HP system, normal access points are used to derive location accuracy of 1 to 2 meters, roughly five times the accuracy of competing systems. There is no need for additional access points in an overlay network for location services.
Another application would involve subscription or fee based information during a museum tour, shown on the visitor's iOS device.
Two-meter resolution can be achieved with only four access points, as opposed to nineteen access points needed in a typical competitor system.
More details at http://hp.com/networking.
HP's Jeff Enters, Chief Infrastructure Architect, HP Technology Services provides an overview of the InterOp Network and HP's role in setup, testing and monitoring during the show. Jeff represents HP in creation of the network. All of the vendor booths, keynote speakers.Interop show creator UBM involves over 60 people and twenty different vendors showcasing various solutions during the show.
The show involves three separate data centers (Sunnyvale, Denver, and Newark) with multiple gigabit feeds. IPS is used for protection and IMC for system management of the bandwidth provided by CenturyLink.
Prior to the show, the on-premise gear is staged, but the datacenters are active year round.
HP's Hamid Lalani provides an overview of the open ecosystem that HP is creating for the App Store, working with over 120 companies with over 25 working on applications that enterprises can use in solving networking problems. At InterOp LAS 2014, several companies were featured , and Stacey King, Global Strategic Alliances also featured some internal code-athon results developed by HP. Alliance Partner apps included applications shown by Sudha Krishnamurthy included Active Honeypot, Bluecat DNS security Policy, Defenseflow for Network DDoS, Ecode evolve, and Hyperglance SDN Management.
Changing Deployment within the Enterprise
Dedicated room sized systems and cloud-based computer systems for video conferencing seem to be co-existing nicely. Rafi Anuar, Product Manager at LifeSize, a Division of Logitech, discusses some of the options that an enterprise IT planner can take to take advantage of the low cost of operation of a cloud-based video conferencing system .
Cloud solutions have not only reduced the barrier to entry, removing a large up-front capital commitment, allowing customers of many types to try professional, but also permit self-service provisioning and operation, reducing the admin and service people expense of traditional systems.
However, unrealistic expectations for cloud systems may exist among executive audiences who have become accustomed to full feature dedicated systems. Dedicated systems are feature rich and customizable - where cloud systems are often fixed in capability. This may create issues in integration with existing systems and difficulty in providing the feature set that executives may consider to be "normal".
Cloud systems are able to provide high levels of availability due to dispersed deployment and reduncency and a highly skilled technical workforce dedicated to insuring high levels of videoconferencing system availability and performance. In contrast, on-premise systems are often supported by IT specialists that have other responsibilities and skill focus.
Resources at http://Lifesize.com will help Enterprise IT architects evaluate their specific needs and determine how Cloud Computing can be used to optimize video conferencing in their organization and acheive business results.
SolarWinds Head Geek Patrick Hubbard reviews the family history of the entire package of SolarWinds products on display at InterOp 2014. Solar Winds provides purpose-built products that are designed to make IT professionals’ jobs easier over a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage or virtualization.
The THWACK user community is very active in support of their products, now in use at 150,000 customer sites worldwide. Most products are live demos, and include a 30 day free evaluation. Patrick describes how THWACK provides a way to interact directly with customers and make decisions about products and product features, stack ranking proposed features and engaging in a gamification driven community sourcing for the user interface and crowd-sourced functionality.
Professional grade video conferencing is experiencing a transition from dedicated infrastructure to virtualized central systems, but still has a significant hardware component on the end points of the system. Web conferencing systems often rely extensively on cloud computing, but many clients put up virtualized clients of their own on run on Amazon or Rackspace or on applicances within their own infrastructure.
Because of virtualization, it has become much more economical to selectively deploy dedicated end points. The LifeSize customers that are most successful are those that employ room based systems with the highest quality into their workflow, then expanding into desktops and laptops or mobile as augmentation to the room top system. Then desktop solutions become a replacement for a room based meeting, not a replacement for in in person meeting.
The majority of meetings still take place room to room, with experience that allows the technology to disappear into the background.
The next session of this series will address specifics of the cloud implmentations and reference architectures for a variety of enterprise deployment types.
HP's Kate Davis, WW Product Marketing Manager for HP StoreVirtual Storage @KateAtHP discusses the topic in depth with independent storage blogger Chris Evans @chrismevans from the UK, whose blog Architecting.IT is read by over 5,000 IT professionals each month.
Beginning with basic concepts and the underlying essentials of the technology, Kate and Chris quickly move to a discussion of products from other vendors.
The regular series HP Tech Talk is published each Tuesday, and includes interviews with HP experts on Cloud, Networking, Servers and Storage products and ideas that are defining a the vision of a new style of Information Technology that offers a strategic framework for HP offerings in the enterprise space.
AVOA's CIO Strategic Advisor Tim Crawford @tcrawford discusses some of the implications of the multi-Petabyte informational load most organizations will have to manage in the coming years, and offers several thoughts on estimating the maturity of CIO capacity to meet the challenge.
The Internet of Things (IoT) data is only a portion of the flow of data, much of it personal in nature that has regulatory and privacy implications. Most of the data will have a value half life with value that may deteriorate over time. This will force processes that determine what data to keep and what data to remove - with consequences for those decisions that may have implications for the organization spanning many years.
The interview is available at SDRNews.com, YouTube/SDRNewsTV, and Facebook.com/SDRNews .
SDRL 308 2
Site Design by: Press75.com