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HP To Transform Legacy Applications In The Cloud

Suite of services aims to help modernize aging mainframe systems to achieve more streamlined operations, greater flexibility, and more innovation.

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The third is HP Applications Transformation to Cloud, a set of services that weigh the value of migrating particular applications to a cloud environment, given their dependencies on middleware, databases, and other applications. Customers then can map applications' transformation and deliver them as a set of revamped services in the cloud.

"The next piece of the puzzle is modernizing and managing the client side" of the many applications that need to upgrade to Windows 7, Shirk said. HP Application Transformation Services for Client Computing uses HP's Windows 7 expertise to modernize Windows applications' client-side device presentations, offering users improved mobility and security. HP can do it faster than IT staffs can, Shirk said.

HP is also offering a new version of HP Fortify 360, the system that came with its Fortify acquisition last August, for the preventative testing of application source code, as opposed to a production system's compiled code, for vulnerabilities. Fortify 360 uses a process known as static testing--the code is not running but has been set aside for careful analysis. This capability has been combined with a new version of the risk monitoring and assessment system for running Web applications, HP Application Security Center.

Shirk said HP is also offering the first system able to examine attacks as they happen and offer the root-cause vulnerability enabling the attack. That system is HP Fortify Real-Time Hybrid Analysis. IT managers, working with HP's current set of security products, can both protect their application operations and assess the level of risk they are encountering.

HP is now offering HP Cloud Service Automation 2.0, software that allows an enterprise to build, deploy, and manage applications in both private and public cloud environments, Shirk said. The software provides for automated provisioning of servers and application monitoring.

HP Exchange Services for Private Cloud can implement the Microsoft Exchange messaging system in a private cloud setting with a chargeback or pay-for-use capability. Exchange Services give the email system the capability of scaling as needed, while maintaining email operations in a behind-the-firewall environment, Shirk said.

HP's final new service was HP Enterprise Cloud Services for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, or "Microsoft software as a service running in an HP data center," Shirk said. In effect, an HP customer runs his Dynamics application in an HP cloud under private cloud-like conditions as an HP managed service. The customer relationship management system might normally have too much sensitive information to run off premises, but under Cloud Services for Microsoft Dynamics, the privacy of the information is guaranteed by HP.

All the new services are available immediately.

To consolidate, eliminate, or modernize customer's applications, HP has 7,000 certified Java experts, 3,000 certified .Net consultants, and 1,900 services oriented architecture architects, as well as 11,000 mainframe experts. In all, it has 60,000 application consultants, mainly a result of its EDS consulting firm acquisition in 2008, he said.

Shirk joined HP’s Enterprise Business unit a year ago from Siemens and reports to Ann Livermore, executive VP of the unit, who is part of CEO Leo Apotheker’s inner executive circle.

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