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Printing gets a Cloud Makeover at HP


There are a lot of things you’d only know if you worked for a startup company in Silicon Valley. The endless series of brainstorm sessions; the long sleepless nights; the intense frustration; and the enveloping sense of teamwork—it’s all a part of capturing the imagination and innovating new ways of doing things.


What if there were no rules? What if you could really change the way people thought about technology and life itself? What if you were the first? As the original Silicon Valley startup, those are the kinds of questions that have always been answered by HP.


Since 1939, Hewlett-Packard has been a frontrunner in technology and corporate culture, inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs around the globe. With industry leading solutions in servers, storage, networking, printers, and personal computers, HP is a worldwide technology provider and a strategic business partner.


When HP began transforming expectations about inkjet printers, the challenges and rewards were no different. When it changed the paradigm again by giving each printer its own email address, HP effectively made those printers citizens of the Internet and gave end-users the control to print what they wanted where they wanted, regardless of location.



Today, HP’s PPS business serves tens of millions of customers printing more than 1 million documents each day. On the journey from the first web-connected printer to the massive platform of today, HP faced significant challenges in scaling its solution using traditional data centers and IT processes.


As the service grew, it became increasingly difficult to introduce new features to customers without internal delays. In fact, it used to take the PPS team months to design, order, install, and configure the hundreds of servers it needed just to try a new idea.


The PPS team knew it needed a new take on traditional IT infrastructure and provisioning.



To modernize its application delivery, scale rapidly, and deliver new services as the market demands them, HP became a customer of its own hybrid CloudSystem solutions. As part of the HP Helion portfolio of hybrid cloud products, HP Helion CloudSystem integrates all of the hardware, software, and services PPS needs to realize a fully configured, enterprise-grade solution. 


Why HP Helion

Now, instead of months to deploy hundreds of nodes, databases, subnets, and storage blocks, the HP PPS team can build these in a 15-minute experience.


The gains the team has seen as a result of moving to the cloud include improved efficiencies, time to market, and ultimately a better consumer experience.


Its success with the ability to scale print services in the cloud are the key to the future of the platform. Today, the service delivers a million pages per day, and with HP Helion CloudSystem allowing the team to spin up new services at a moment’s notice, the team will be ready the moment 2 million print jobs flood the system.


There’s a first for everything in Silicon Valley. Now there’s a cloud platform that makes it easier to turn those ideas into reality.


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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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