HP released the latest of their cloud offerings today. What was a result of HP printing trying to figure out how to print more in an era of less paper. HP Labs initially looked at a small project that digitized some old books. The thought was that while a publisher will not print a single copy of a book with current digital presses and a collection of books, a printer can not print the single copy. The move into the cloud was simply a way to support the project on a large scale. Bookprep.com lets you search, find, preview rare, out-of-print and hard to find books on every topic imaginable.
Over the past year I have been lucky enough to spend quite a few days with the HP team learning about converged networking and systems and how they feel it all fits into “the cloud.” This week HP kicked off a new series of roadshows to bring the same depth that I got to see at shows like HP Discover to the general public and without you having to travel. With more companies looking at Flexpods and vBlocks then wondering how to get in at a slower pace and not just buy the whole thing at once, HP has tried to set up some building blocks. If you just have HP servers you may already have a few of the pieces according to their cloud evangelists. Follow the link below to sign up for any of the local shows. To make it a little easier I included the schedule. I know I learned alot during these type shows not completely about HP but even just concepts and ideas that I can apply to so many other vendors and solutions.
HP Pathways to the Cloud
- March 7 – Houston
- March 8 – Boston
- March 14 – Orange County
- March 15 – Seattle
- March 21 – Dallas
- March 22 – Atlanta
- March 28 – Washington DC
- March 29 – Chicago
- April 3 – NYC
- April 9 – Phoenix
- April 11 – Denver
- April 12 – Cincinnati
- April 18 – Tampa
- April 19 – San Francisco
*In full disclosure, by sending this I am entered in a drawing to win a HP Microserver and I like new toys. I planned to attend even before I knew about the contest though and so should you…
I was just scanning a whitepaper and came across this infographic that HP created explaining the different types of clouds. People tend to talk about the cloud is different was for application delivery, system delivery, data retention, but they all support one of the types shown. Enjoy and thanks to HP.
Starting out Day 2 of the HP Cloud Field Day, we have Dave Larson. A Chief Technologist for Security and Routing, Dave is responsible for HP’s vision into the cloud and how the security of enterprise data will be secured and managed. According to Dave, the latest trends in IT of virtualization, cloud and consumerization lead to new challenges that are similar to those we faced throughout the history of IT. This history goes from the Mainframe of the 1960s through Client-Server LANs in the 80s to the web in the 90s and into the early 21st century and now into Cloud Networking. The transition has forced new challenges with diverse users, diverse applications and increased complexity. Traditional IT strategies are not able to address these new concerns. Traditional solutions are complex and difficult to secure and manage, inflexible and slow to adapt, and constrained making it ill-suited for new apps. The question is how we change traditional approaches. Dave points out that you need to build a scalable, agile, secure network that streamlines operations and enables a better operating model. HP feels they can answer this call for a new agile network with a multi-tier vision. By owning the infrastructure, wired and wireless access points, IPS/IDS systems, and embedded apps, HP plans to then use a control plan with a tiered management to the network look like the virtualization stack of today. An interesting comparison that the physical platform that has control similar to a hypervisor with applications similar to VMs and then a management interface that is a comparison to vCenter.
HP feels that by combining the solutions into a stack, they can now treat each user differently and each device differently. This flexibility and agility is the missing component to the current networking solutions. The goal would be to be able to tell if I was connecting to a corporate network from my laptop over a VPN, or in the office, or from my smartphone or maybe my tablet.
Dave continues today discussing HP’s approach to security, but for that I will defer to the security bloggers that have joined me at HP Cloud Tech Day, make sure to take a look at the other great blogs
Gary Thome is presenting the future of HP cloud, 10 years from now. Gary is part of the Industry Standard Servers and Software team as the VP of strategy. The first question is why would you want to move to the cloud? Moving to the cloud provides two key benefits, first it is instant access to data and applications, and the second is the separation of that app and data from the management of the same. This is a key differentiator that changes the way an enterprise IT department works. Before an IT department can help manage a cloud, they need to know what it is. Gary points out that “The best thing about the word cloud is that it can mean anything you want it to.” What is the cloud taxonomy? At this point I think this has been shown more times than I can count, you have IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, then you have to determine is it public, private, or hybrid. This seems to be the first step before you even start to move into the cloud, you need to understand the taxonomy. To narrow that down some you can see the cloud as a revolving path similar to that path taught with ITIL.
HP has been building the cloud for years just without actually naming it the cloud. They have also dedicated entire teams to help companies transition from local datacenters and server rooms into the cloud. With CIO requirements now leading to the need to transform and deliver the business processes with minimal costs, it is now crucial for the cloud to be considered. Continue reading “HP Enterprise Cloud Strategy — HP Cloud Day”