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HP Helion Dev Platform: Launch and Crowd Chat 10/23

Renat Khasanshyn

On Oct 23, HP launched Helion Development Platform—HP’s PaaS based on Cloud Foundry and integrated with HP Helion OpenStack. Below is a brief recap of the event.

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Why Altoros Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Renat Khasanshyn

The momentum behind the Cloud Foundry Foundation signals the arrival of an application-defined infrastructure, where an app can define the underlying infrastructure through an industry-standard API call. As a corporate sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Altoros will continue contributing resources and code to help the Foundation fulfill its mission.
Recently I wrote a post describing what this announcement [of the Cloud Foundry Foundation] means for enterprise IT customers, why forming the Foundation was necessary, and what it means for IT vendors. You can find it here: “The Cloud Foundry Foundation: a PaaS Revolution?” 

I would like to congratulate my colleagues at Altoros with becoming a corporate sponsor and a Silver Member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation and congratulate our fellow Foundation members, as well. I also want to describe how Altoros has helped the project so far and how we will help the Cloud Foundry Foundation to move forward.


Pivotal One and Cloud Foundry—Great Promise, Great Challenge

Renat Khasanshyn

Paul Maritz and company just launched Pivotal One and Pivotal CF, and reminded me yet again what a great platform Pivotal is about to become. Earlier today in a Twitter chat led by John Furrier of SiliconAngle, we discussed whether Pivotal One is vapor—or real. This post expands my opinion on the subject.


Great Opportunity

Pivotal‘s promise is that using their tool set, an IT architect can fill the entire “meat section” between raw virtual machines and an application. All in one shot. Indeed, at Altoros, we see more and more customer deployments involving every piece of the pie involving NoSQL/NewSQL and Hadoop data stores, real-time and analytics engines, messaging and apps deployed and scaled with the help of a PaaS layer.

To the naked eye, Pivotal’s offering makes a lot of sense, as it brings a one-stop solution that addresses quite a lot of the needs of next-generation application architecture at an average enterprise IT shop.


Great Challenge(s)

On March 13, 2013, when the Pivotal Initiative was announced, a high bar was set for the company. That is, to achieve $1B in revenue in 5 years. I believe that a few things should come together for this to happen.

If Pivotal can solve two key challenges–making a quantum leap in market leadership for a few more of their products and integrating the entire product suite into a single platform–they will probably not only achieve $1B in revenue in 5 years, but will have an amazing shot at becoming the bellwether of enterprise software moving ahead.


Challenge #1: “Best-of-breed incumbents”

Competing products are quickly becoming “best-of-breed” incumbents in five categories of next generation enterprise software where Pivotal is playing:

  1. Hadoop
  2. Massively Parallel RDBMS, with focus on analytics
  3. Next generation databases
  4. Analytics
  5. PaaS


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Altoros to Develop a B2C E-commerce Solution for PriMed

Renat Khasanshyn

Tampa, FL—On September 4, 2001, Altoros signed a long-term contract for the development of B2C e-commerce solution with PriMed, Inc., the leading supplier of the PriMed Nationwide Health Plan.

“Since the first day of co-operating, Altoros proved itself as a highly qualified team of professionals. We want to note that, apart from such obvious things as quality, terms, and discipline, the team was distinguished in understanding the importance of customer satisfaction. Our company opted for Altoros’s “local management — offshore development” model. The engagement was structured to maximize the strength of Altoros’s two-tier approach: strong on-site project and architecture management and an offshore production/development team at their development center in Minsk, Belarus. As a result, our company achieved business objectives and goals and increased customer service levels with the new system Altoros delivered.” —Edward Thomas, President, PriMed, Inc.

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