HP Cloud Maps can help you find a Path to the Cloud
Don’t get lost—follow HP Cloud Maps
Climbing right to the Cloud is a great idea, but it can be a little scary unless you know where to go. A good map would help, and HP has a map just for that purpose. HP Cloud Maps use best practices to get you to your destination.
A few years ago, my teenage son and I hiked a mountain in the Sawtooth range in central Idaho. There was to be no well-marked path so we’d be trail-blazing most of the time. Mostly following a creek and deer trails here and there to get where we wanted to go, that being a high-altitude alpine lake. We’d never been there, but we had a topographical map to guide us. Or so we thought.
Our map resource was divided into several pages, all copied from a very large and heavy book. As it would have been extremely cumbersome to lug that big book up the mountain, we instead made copies of the pages we needed, and left the rest at home. Problem was that the copies were incomplete, with one side cut off. Vital information was missing. It didn’t take long to determine the information we had was not sufficient to effectively guide us over the mountain to the lake.
Your business needs an efficient map to the Cloud
It’s one thing to relegate a few servers running test and development jobs to a cloud-based infrastructure. But delivering business applications quickly and efficiently continues to be the most important charter for IT organizations. Studies, such as a recent one by Forbes, show that IT executives are under extreme pressure to:
- Cut infrastructure costs
- Adjust their service levels to meet changing needs
- Deliver applications with greater speed
IT professionals are interested in cloud computing to help them address all three of these requirements. But when CIOs and administrators look at major, business-critical applications like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft, they start to have doubts. How can IT possibly deploy these often complex and traditionally hardware bound suites on something as seemingly transitory as a “cloud?” And how can the cloud possibly be configured to run these applications speedily, safely, and securely—without a lot of time and effort on the part of the IT department? In short, is cloud computing appropriate for the critical applications that are so important to the success of the business?
It starts with a Cloud Map
To answer these questions, HP developed the Cloud Maps. HP Cloud Maps fast-track the automation of business applications such as those from Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft. They save days or weeks of time while ensuring accurate deployment, configuration, and sizing of cloud services for specific applications and services. Each Cloud Map includes tools to build a service catalog that meets your requirements for fast and consistent delivery of high-quality services.
A typical Cloud Map consists of tested engineering components such as:
- Templates for hardware and software configuration that can be imported directly into your cloud solution, saving days or weeks of solution design time
- Sizers to help guide capacity and performance planning
- Workflows and scripts designed to automate installation more quickly and in a repeatable fashion
- Reference white papers to help customize the Cloud Map for your specific information. HP Cloud Maps help organizations set up critical business applications to use both the physical and virtual aspects of a cloud infrastructure.
En Pointe and HP Cloud Maps can help you reach your goals
Because we’d never been on that mountain, nor attempted that journey before, we had to rely on our only resource, the map. Which I’m convinced would have been all we had needed, except the map was untested. We made the copies and didn’t look to see that every other page was totally defective. We set off with incomplete information, and so we were doomed from the start to waste time and effort. In this case, we never did reach our goal. We did have a good time, and enjoyed the hike, but we never made it to the lake. It’s a little different story in the business world however – there’s no enjoyment in a failed business goal. A business cannot afford to waste the time and energy working toward an unachievable goal.
En Pointe and HP have implemented Cloud strategies. The HP Cloud Map is the best way to make sure you stay on course, and gives you a clear path to the Cloud. Visit our HP Cloud landing page.