Discover Performance

HP Software's community for IT leaders // September 2012


Reaching for the cloud, a step at a time

The trick of moving to the cloud is that there is no trick, and no fast track. A clear, incremental path will help you create a cloud-enabled data center.

Step up

In depth

A VP-Ops on how to say yes to innovation

A former VP-Ops at discusses the importance of aligning with the business in a fast-changing IT environment.

Align yourself

Stranger than fiction

A novel approach to IT excellence

In “When IT Fails,” a trio of IT experts use fiction to portray IT disasters—and a VP-Ops’ enterprise-saving solution.

Educational reading

CIO insight

McKesson's high-quality transformation

McKesson’s Andy Smith talks about how his company’s data center transformation project hit its 98% service level goal.

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Operations index

Percentage of organizations who say their cloud solutions have improved in performance in the past year.1

Percentage of cloud-using organizations that have advanced (app and transaction throughput) monitoring in place.1

Percentage of IT spending tied up with maintenance of legacy systems and routine upgrades, or "legacy drag."2

One question

Q: What lesson do we learn from major public cloud outages?

A: Failures are inevitable, and often happen when and where we least expect them to. Instead of trying to prevent failure from happening we should design our systems to cope with failure.
The method of dealing with failures is also not that new -- use redundancy, don't rely on a single point failure (including a data center or even a data center provider). Automate the fail-over process, etc.

— Nati Shalom, founder/CTO of GigaSpaces, in a post on his blog

1 "2012 State of Cloud Computing Survey," Information Week, March 2012

2 "Cloud Computing’s Role in Job Creation," IDC, March 2012


IT leader assessment

This tool evaluates the correlation between IT attributes and business success and, based on how your answers compare with average scores, will advise you where to invest in IT.

It is based on data HP collected from 650 global companies about a range of IT characteristics (server capacities, approach to information management, security, BYOD, etc.) and how they correlate to revenue gain. This assessment will compare your answers to the average scores in that study.

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