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HP making Progress in the Helion Cloud


Guest Post: Richard Stone, Director of Partner Development, Progress Software


Progress’ global ecosystem of developers, ISVs, and millions of end users interact every day with the company’s OpenEdge application development platform. To stay ahead of the competition and protect their existing investments, they are looking to Progress and Progress’ AppBuilder Partner Program members around the globe to help them modernize their applications to operate in the cloud. They also want to rapidly develop new, cloud-based applications and mobile ‘apps’ which extend the value of their existing OpenEdge solutions.


But this presents them with a problem – one that turns out to be very common with almost every ISV: Hosting modernized applications and new cloud-based applications requires ISVs to either create and manage their own clouds (which defeats the economic benefits of cloud and raises data security concerns in the minds of their customers), or try to implement their solutions using the infrastructure provided by an external Service Provider (which adds cost, complexity, and risk).



Progress and HP decided that there had to be a better way. The solution was to:

  • First, configure, test, and document the HP Helion environments necessary to host both modernized OpenEdge applications and new cloud-based applications and apps built using Progress Rollbase, a rapid application development and deployment environment.
  • Then, partner with Service Providers to install and manage the environments on the Helion OpenStack infrastructure so that they can offer Progress customers a ready-to-run platform with no setup required by the ISV.

The result is that Progress developers, ISVs, and end-users can now go to any one of an increasing number of Service Providers (such as Advania in Sweden, Numergy in France, or BT in the UK) and very quickly have their modernized OpenEdge and Rollbase applications up & running in a fully-managed production environment.


They get two additional important benefits from this approach:

  • Deployment flexibility: ISVs will have a choice of application deployment options – public running on the HP Helion Network or virtual private or on-premise – all running on Helion Openstack with no application modifications, thanks to Progress being “Helion Ready”
  • In-country data security: This is especially important in regions such as Europe where data security and sovereignty are legislative requirements. Progress ISVs can take advantage of HP’s Cloud 28+ network.

The Progress-HP solution provides ISVs with exactly what they need to be successful in the cloud – advanced application development and deployment tools available ready-to-run at Service Providers.


If you’d like to learn more about Progress solutions, visit us at

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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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