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Don’t let your Cloud leave you high and dry


Mark Esparza is currently a Senior Consultant advising HP’s customers on cloud and converged infrastructure transformation programs in the Americas. He has over 30 years of experience in global IT operations, financial management, and IT strategic planning and consulting.  Mark completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of California, Berkeley.

They sure do make it sound great. Moving to the Cloud will revolutionize your organization. It will save you time and money, reduce complexity, streamline your operations, bake three loaves of homemade bread every day and tutor your kids on the smart way to get into the college of their choice. All you have to do is say “yes.”  

But it’s not all that simple. There are choices to make that will have a major impact on your operations for years to come.  Make the right choices and the cloud can deliver on expectations. Make the wrong ones and you get stranded in mid-air with a not-so-useful Cloud that disappoints users and complicates IT even further.  

That’s why it is essential for you to know where to start, how to move ahead, and what type of cloud is best for you BEFORE you say “yes” to anything. Luckily, there’s a fast, easy, and affordable way for you to get that information with HP Cloud Advisory Services.

These services demystify and clarify the cloud transformation journey and facilitate fast alignment and action plans.  They can help you define where to start and where you need to go to achieve your goals. During these engagements that typically last one-half day, HP can provide a sound basis for any decision you make. You can be confident that when you do say “yes,” it will be to the Cloud solution that’s right and best for you.

Then what?
Now that you know what you want, count on additional HP Consulting Services to make sure that’s exactly what you get. Choose from:

  • Cloud Planning Services to help you leverage the best of traditional IT, private cloud, managed cloud, and public cloud
  • Cloud Design Services that deliver detailed designs leading to specific technology, tools and standards recommendations based on HP's cloud computing reference architecture
  • CloudStart Solution Services that let you deliver a working private cloud service less than 30 days after systems installation
  • Cloud Protection Program and Consulting Services that creates a cloud information security strategy that is information-centric, built-in, adaptive and proactive

Whichever you choose, HP’s holistic approach will help you understand the implications of not only the technology aspects of your strategy, but also the people and process elements. This is really the best way to help ensure that the Cloud you get is the one you want and need.  

It can do all that?
Once you have decided on the right approach, we are confident you will select HP Cloud solutions. HP is the only technology company on the planet that can provide a Converged Cloud with multiple cloud delivery models to meet your business needs. And our new HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services offer a superior way to build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments. These solutions incorporate existing HP cloud offerings, new OpenStack® technology–based products, and professional and support services under a unified portfolio to help meet your specific business requirements. You’ll never get stranded on a cloud that has no idea who you are or where you want to go.

You can get complete information on HP Cloud Services on the HP website. You can also learn more about the new HP Helion portfolio here.  

- Mark Esparza

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