Mobility Challenges many Enterprises. HP's Carol Hess, VP WW Commercial Product Management explains that today's workforce challenges an IT administrator to provide devices that allow professionals to work from a variety of locations at any time. Consumer devices arrive with such variety and capabilities that it's hard to include features such as security and administration that enterprise management views as essential.
A fully capable suite of mobile devices is important in attracting and retaining talent, especially with Millenials and Digital Natives . Carol provides a look at at detachable mobile device announced the HP ProX-2 tablet that combines tablet with docking Powerbase offering full HD resolution and a number of expansion ports, extending the battery life in excess of fourteen hours. Security features such as fingerprint readers and security cards are supported.
We also take a look at the HP EliteBook 1040, a contrasting unit that is optimized for executive use and examine some of the tradeoffs between the two user types in the enterprise. Evaluation units for the HP ProX-2 will be available in September .
HP Vice President and General Manager Frank Mong provides an overview of HP Enterprise Security Products being featured at HP Discover. The environment differs from the vandalism and site defacement of eight or ten years ago into professional hackers, hacktivists, state sponsored actors or criminal organizations.
Today's ecosystem includes marketplaces for executive research, proprietary information, firewall breaches and product details with either financial or sabotage motives. At HP Discover, two new defensive products were introduced: HP Atalla Secure Encryption and Key Management Suite. Based on HP reserarch, most companies focus on blocking with firewall updates consuming 85% of the security budget. The increase in breaches and costs led HP to a different approach, focusing on security intelligence and encryption at the source. HP also provides key management services for cloud environments and services.
Improvements All Across the Board
HP's Randy Meyer , VP and GM for HP Mission Critical Servers and Neil MacDonald VP and GM for HP BladeSystem - Enterprise Servers discuss HP's latest server innovations introduced at HP Discover 2014, including topics such as Apollo, BladeSystem with OneView, HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 20/40 F8 , Mission Critical x86, and HP Integrity.
Automation is critical for today's enterprise scope systems. Mail, ecommerce, messaging and other consumer applications - always on, always correct - set expectations for business users. Real time data has the additional complication of expectations that the data may be merged from a collection of services, and customers must be able to react to the speed of innovation by partners and competitors alike.
In a wide ranging discussion including security and automation, HP's contribution with new capabilities in products such as HPOneView orchestration, but keeping in mind the requirements for continuity and the ability of HP to move beyond a group of point solutions to a comprehensive problem solving approach.
HP's Gary Stevens, Manager of Global Business Development for HP Converged Systems provides a quick refresher on HP's optimized and purpose built systems for Big Data, SAP HANA, Virtualization or other specific workload. In addition to being optimized for the application, it is tailored for management throughout the lifecycle.
HP OneView - the single pane management system has been added to HP Converged Systems especially for virtualized environments such as VMWare or Microsoft virtualization products. This allows not only the server, network and storage environments to be monitored, but allows orderly expansion as a part of the solution and guards against over or under-provisioning.
Many HP customers are transitioning their procurement models to help manage acquisition cycles and maximize the ROI over time, protecting against technology risk and changing business conditions. Moreover, HP's design center and manufacturing allows customers to have freedom from maintaining special skill sources on staff and keeping skills fresh.
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Windows 8.1 is growing in the consumer space, but moving to capture the advantages of mobility in enterprise settings requires the use of keyboard and mouse when back in the home or office.
Using the Elitepad 1000 and the EliteBook 1040 and Win 8.1 Professional, Joseph Sahagian, Director of Commercial Sales, US OEM HP, demonstrates how Windows 8.1 can be used with traditional mouse and keyboard in situations where the knowledge worker needs additional screen space or is transitioning from a regular Windows 7 workstation environment.
MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint are essential for every business user - and the offerings from HP allow the mobile user to take full advantage of these tools. WIth the flexibility of switching from touch to keyboard/mouse, the same Modern UI operates the same way on either mode. If you are operating on a detachable device, you can extend battery life on the tablet by plugging into the expansion interface, even if the unit is powered off.
The background remains the same regardless of mode, and the keyboard Windows key toggles between the Modern UI touch configuration and traditional keyboard/mouse.
The rest of IT has moved on to leveraging virtualization extensively, but networking has been lagging in the ability to deliver a responsive and agile environment. Yanick Pouffary, HP Distinguished Technologist and Chief Technologist Technology Services, Networking and Mobility, explains that until recently the number of nodes that had to be managed manually set the pace of the ability to react to changing business needs.
Setting up connections, just in time, with the right properties for the application is essential to optimal use of resources. Storage, server and network must work together to be responsive, so the separation of control and data is working to manage the fabric and ability to set up flows based on business rules. HP offers a series of transformation workshops to establish a technical and business plan to help enterprises optimize their return on networking infrastructure resources.
Lewis Carr, Senior Director for Market Development at HP Software offers perspective on the most successful industries ability to exploit the value and insight from ALL the data that is relevant to them, regardless of data type. Lewis includes examples of HP HAVEn customers, showing how HP is using this technology today.
Interview with Neil Miles, SDDC Solution Manager at HP explains the common term "software defined". The promise of a software-defined data center is to accelerate IT response rates up to “business speed". But… IT must balance commitment and reality. The good news is that you can start moving to a software-defined future state incrementally, using currently available software-defined capabilities.
Did you know that the Gartner Group states 45 percent of CIOs are already operating on “bi-modal” or “two-speed” IT? HP characterizes it as the reaction to the perfect storm that enterprises face - external pressure from big data, cloud, mobile and applications - and the need to perform the transition while maintaining internal operations and efficiency.
Helen Tang, HP's worldwide lead on Converged Infrastructure notes that beforre you dismiss this as another marketing buzzword, you should know that this new trend is essential when conventional IT is too slow—such as when supporting key strategic initiatives, capitalizing on narrow windows of opportunities, and operating in hyper-competitive markets.
HP Product Marketing Manager Shari Cravens provides a quick overview of changes in HP ExpertOne, revealed at HPDiscover 2014 in Las Vegas. HP quadrupled the certification opportunities offered on site . Printers, personal computers, cloud, servers, storage, networking and software certification programs allow channel partners to insure the skill level of team members. Sales certification has been streamlined to allow quicker and more cost effective training for channel partners.
The HP Helion team announced the beta of the HP Helion OpenStack product at HP Discover. Hear directly from the Product Manager and Product Marketing leads on this new solution and its foundational role in the HP Helion cloud portfolio.
HPOne View and the Sharks - Automation in the Data Center
Open Mic Series: Brent Allen and Brian Jayco from HP Converged Systems provide an informal summary of HP OneView and HP Converged systems at HP Discover. Brent and Brian explain the use of pre-configured integrated systems in the datacenter, allowing virtualization administrators to grow and expand clusters, with provisioning including storage and networking as well.
As systems and management systems evolve together, capabilities such as proactive scan allow tracking across the entire system and provide that information to service personnel. If there are custom applications for monitoring or configuration management, HP OneView allows you to pull in other surrounding parts of the infrastructure and adapt to local practices.
HP Fellow Siamak Nazari provides a quick explanation of the story behind the software de-duplication of HP 3PAR storage systems.
Customers using a new style of IT in their day to day lives expect to have well designed apps and experiences on any device at their location of choice. As a company goes digital, with systems that are customer to business focused, there is a revolutionary opportunity allow companies to align with customer needs and desires.
Prior practices of major releases on six or twelve month cycles must now be replaced with a process that aligns with changes in mobile technology or portable device OS environments that change every two weeks. This change affects both companies of all sizes, but also public and private sector alike.
Cloud environments allow the flexibility to back up the application with the variety of information that the app required, as customer needs change dynamically in a totally seamless and automated manner.
Elly Marsh, Senior Product Marketing Manager HP Enterprise Services for Data Center and Cloud discusses HP Helion Managed Cloud. Organizations are making that fundamental shift from focusing on IT to what they can do with IT. Meeting the pace of change, the move to cloud computing provides better ways to deliver and govern highly flexible, scalable business solutions.
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