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Clear the highest hurdles with HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services


Guest Post: Tom Norton, Vice President, HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services


In my first blog announcing the HP Helion OpenStack® Professional Services team, our technology charter was boiled down to a single sentence:


…the Professional Services team will be focusing on the three highest hurdles facing global cloud enterprises: networking, security and storage.


Now I want to unpack each of those topics to explain why each is important to you and your enterprise as you transition to the cloud.


Network = speed
The top pain point in the cloud today is the network. Customers have a very low tolerance for network delays. If you are a service provider, a retailer, a bank, or even an engineering firm, the performance of your cloud network is at a premium. Taking your applications and/or workloads into the cloud will position them for global access, but even the best cloud implementation cannot overcome a balky network.


One of the advantages HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services offers is that we have access to an entire networking division at HP. Our consultants work side-by-side with the engineering team that is helping to develop Neutron, OpenStack’s networking software. We have people with industry-leading knowledge who are dedicated to advancing Software Defined Networking, including Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


The depth and breadth of our networking knowledge enables us to blend physical and virtual capabilities and software to ensure that your OpenStack deployment integrates with your existing network and meets your information security requirements.


Security – more than intruder detection

Hackers get all the headlines, but in the hybrid cloud world, the security challenge is as much about identity management as intruder detection. A cloud must be able to instantly identify users and objects being added to the network, but the complexity of the identity process must be transparent to the user.


An individual engaged in work on a private cloud platform, must be unaware that a spike in demand has triggered a burst onto a public cloud. The public cloud must identify that new individual, assess their credentials, and grant them the appropriate access. The individual, unaware that their workload has passed from one cloud to another, will continue to focus on their work – adding value to the business.


Enabling identity management and trusted compute between clouds in hybrid cloud environments is difficult, even on a mature platform. OpenStack technology is just four years old, so HP will continue to lead the evolution of its security and identity management.


Access globally, store locally

Compared to networking and security, the topic of storage seems rather dull. However, the challenges associated with storage and data access may be the trickiest of all.


Storage has become much more than a technical challenge. It has become a global, geo-political issue. As the cloud has made it possible for data to pass freely around the world, governments have begun imposing data residency and data sovereignty requirement.


On the technical side, OpenStack technology offers a variety of storage designs, employing Swift for object storage, Cinder for block storage, and Ceph, a combined storage solution. Our Professional Services team works closely with OpenStack technology engineers and can integrate key drivers, the storage platform, and storage management.


Whatever your industry, wherever you operate, HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services experts are ready to advise and guide you on your cloud journey.


For the next step on your cloud journey, check out the OpenStack Professional Services team on our website.

Senior Manager, Cloud Online Marketing
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About the Author


I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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