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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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 .
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HP's Stephan Spector introduces an expert guest on Cloud Service Automation, John McDermott, EMEA Portfolio Manager, Cloud Educations Services.
Cloud computing resources are so easy to mobilize that it's easy to misjudge the interaction and implications of interactions of private and public clouds spread around the world. John McDermott explains the role that HP simulation tools can play helping real world customers manage the planning surrounding deployment of workloads, regardless of the origin of the application, either on private or public cloud or in a managed asset environment.
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