SAP Customers face a set of challenges migrating to AWS usually takes about four to five weeks. Rocket Steam offers a way to reduce that to under 24 hours, migrating the somewhat rigid SAP system onto AWS, and allowing management of the AWS installation in an automated manner. The Rocket Steam set of tools are targeted at consultancy firms and includes HANAlyzed, which allows customers to make a test drive of the system on AWS using their data, without an additional license.
Migration and Disaster recovery usually relies upon file snapshots, database mechanisms, or other manual processes that are detached from one another. A point in time snapshot must be caught up in time once the application migration has completed, in order to incorporate additional transactions. Cloud Endure started providing replication of apps from one AWS Region to another. Using the same technology they extended into the migration space, getting not only the entire application stack into the cloud but the data as well. Their product offers continuous block level replication for any application that runs on Windows or Linux, without zero downtime and adverse affect on the performance of the application.
Enterprises have a real problem meeting storage needs in the cloud. Cloud storage products have evolved with focus on start-ups rather than enterprise applications and have traditionally been difficult to integrate with enterprise storage protocols and practice. Zadara Storage offers a service based on traditional protocols such as NFS to migrate traditional shared storage to the cloud, leveraging AWS Direct Connect with less than 1msec latency from five AWS regions.
Amazon is making a major shift into the enterprise space, taking clear aim at VMWare. Greg Ness of Cloud Velox and other long-term industry veterans say that there are still issues concerning the cost of getting an enterprise IT span into the cloud. Amazon needs to make it faster, more convenient and less expensive to deploy apps into AWS. Many early cloud migration vendors began with tools aimed at developers for single servers that were not good for mixed environments, but the Trillion dollar Enterprise IT market demands a level of automation of stacks, application, network services and physical systems. CloudVelox technology offers the potential to automate up to 75% of the transition effort. Projects taking three to six months with thousands of man-hours of effort can be condensed into a few weeks.
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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.
HP's Genefa Murphy interview at HPDiscover 2014 in Las Vegas discusses how enterprises need to optimize for quality, security and scale in mobile apps, while ensuring the user mobile experience.
By 2020, over a hundred billion connected devices will comprise the mobile universe, and enterprises must develop, test, deploy and monitor of applications. WIth lots of focus on the user experience and a rapid change in target platforms and changing network conditions.
HP speaks of "Bring your own . .. stuff " which includes devices, content, applications, configurations, preferred context and connectivity to the mobile environment. Often there is a mixture of personal and corporate data on the same physical device that must be protected and partitioned.
Analytics and monitoring of the application's use is critical to understand how, when and where the app is being used and is a huge part of the end to end lifecycle. HP's Mobile App Dev platform and other tools are referenced during the interview.
Sr. Manager of SDN Marketing, HP Networking Jacob Rapp provides an overview of the Networking products introduced at HP Discover 2014 in Las Vegas.
HP announced the SDN app called Virtual Cloud Networking. This app requires no upgrade of the network to deploy isolated virtual networks in minutes versus weeks or months, and at the same time optimize the application's network environment. HP is taking a broad view to insure that customers have the resources to transform their existing network and remove risk at each step of the way with technical services and transformation workshops. Customers are able to choose the speed and scope of transformation to align with seasonal business variations and technology windows.
HP's products have been laying the groundwork for this process since 2007 in HP hardware, and by combining HP Cloud Virtual Networking with HP Helion OpenStack, an orchestration layer is added to Software Defined Networking. The net result is responsive business agility in a proactive strategy instead of being stuck in a reactive mode.
The HP Helion team announced the beta of the HP Helion OpenStack product at HP Discover. Both Intel and HP have contributed extensively to the OpenStack open source project.
Interview guests Johnathan Donaldson, GM Software Defined Infrastructure at Intel and Michael Aday, Director - Technical Partners at HP Helion show how this teamwork has led to extensive cooperation on the project and its foundational role in the HP Helion cloud portfolio.
HP and Intel have been major contributors to Linux, Chrome, and Android in addition to Openstack. Intel has a major group of developers employed on open source enablement. In addition, HP has six full time employees within OpenStack, accelerating OpenStack's development.
Grafitti is a way to decorate resources within OpenStack has been a major focus for HP, accepted into a major resource called Glance that will be in the next release. Intel has been working on security, trusted compute, ease of installation and upgrade, and high availability for enterprise use cases.
Intel and HP: A New View of High Performance Computing
The demand for computional power continues at an accelerating rate. Designers have to optimize both the chip design performance, scaling, and thermal management while balancing the system between IO, on-ship storage and performance for various market segments. HP introduced the Apollo 8000 system at HP Discover, and in this interview Jim Ganthier, VP Enterprise Group at HP and Dylan Larson, Director of Product Marketing at Intel discuss the thermal and mechanical innovations that allowed HP to advance cooling, space and power performance for High Performance Computing.
Dark and Disconnected Data Left Behind
In this video, Paul Muller, Chief Evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing for HP Software, takes a look at the value of connected intelligence. In today’s software-defined enterprise, leaders must be able to use data effectively to make intelligent decisions from the boardroom to R&D. Logfiles, sales data, click data, sensor data, transactions, and public datasets are added to enterprise generated semi structures and unstructured information such as emails, text files, video, social media and still images. All have value when brought in to a structured decision environment. Paul further describes howHP HAVEn software products drive the connected intelligence in the new style of IT.
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.
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