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.

6:00: Nice vibe, cool people and good music outside at HP Helion event.
6:10: Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal (which ships Pivotal CF, another Cloud Foundry-based PaaS): “Developers are at the core of the HP Helion Platform.”
6:20: Host Donnie Berkholz  (Analyst at RedMonk) is calling the industry panel “Game Changers: Cloud-native apps, open platforms, containers; what’s next?”
Key take-away: The role of DevOps in modern enterprises sky-rocketed. The software has fundamentally changed.
6:33: Open-source vs. Open API. The question of whether the code behind is available is certainly of great importance.
DSC_0019 6:35: Panel on microservices: “If you look at Netflix, it is incredibly rare that the entire service is down.”
Ben Golub CEO of Docker:
6:37: Lew Cirne, CEO and Founder of New Relic: “How would you move to the containerized approach? – A lot of organizations already fully introduced the microservices approach. The most productive development teams are 5-6 developers. The APIs are well-defined. New Relic’s biggest customer MercadoLibre has 4,000 services.”
6:39:  Max Schireson Vice-Chairman of MongoDB: “Are you going to build a house with a screwdriver or a hammer? The answer is you are going to build one part of the house with a hammer and the other part with a screwdriver. You want to break down everything in small tasks.”
6:42: Panel on microservices: “In the cloud world you design for failure. That’s very difficult for large enterprises to shift in understanding this.”
6:45: Max Schireson Vice-Chairman of MongoDB on databases: “You want your developers to be as fast as possible and your operators as efficient as possible.” Marten Mickos SVP & GM HP Cloud: “MySQL is still going strong).”
6:51: Panel on CI/CD: “It affects the whole stack and the whole process. On a database layer, the flexibility around the schema, having an ability to change things on the fly are certainly important.”
6:55: Panel ends.
7:02: Meg Whitman, CEO of HP addresses the attendees via webcast: “Developers cannot wait years for IT departments to provision tools they need. Let’s see what HP Helion Development Platform can do for you.”
7:05: Bill Hilf, SVP of HP Cloud on Helion HP Development Platform: “Most of people that we talk are traditional enterprises. Many of them adopted cloud computing, but that doesn’t give them all the tools they need to succeed. For an enterprise to be successful, you can’t ignore IT. If you have a new project, the time to provision the systems, infrastructure, databases can be painfully long.”
Bill Hilf, SVP of HP Cloud on Helion HP Development Platform:
7:10: “I need to go fast, I need flexibility. I can be in a heavily regulated industry. You need to be flexible to come in my environment”. 7:13:  “People try to make a jump in a Public Cloud, but it is not the end state. You want to become faster. Continious Integration/Continious Delivery make a lot of sense. That’s where PaaS comes into place.” 7:16: “Enterprises are not looking for new vendors, but they are looking for technologies that can help them control the IaaS layer. They want choice of hypervisors, they want to have their own gear.” 7:17: “We have to build the platform that can have open-source at the core.” 7:20: What’s under the hood of HP Helion? Manav Mishra Director at HP Cloud: “Built on CF v.2. App Lifecycle Management is built into it. The scale, high-availability and durability of Openstack.”
Manav Mishra Director at HP Cloud on what is under the hood of HP Helion Development Platform:
7:22: “We achieved deep binding between CF and Openstack.” 7:24: “You don’t have a platform if there are no apps, ecosystem. HP has a marketplace – a place for developers to consume services like MongoDB-as-a-Service, etc.”
DSC_0038 7:25: Live Demo of HP Helion Development Platform by Omri Gazitt has just started. He seems to be a really cool guy.
Live Demo of HP Helion Development Platform by Omri Gazitt, VP at HP Cloud:
7:27:  “Everyone is talking about CI/CD. I want to show you CI/CD system that we built here. A little app – Helion CI.
DSC_0033 7:35:  “.Net is huge in the enterprise. Let me show you something interesting that the team is working on now.”
7:40: Jesus Rodriguez, CEO of Kidozen joins with a demo of KidoZen – an enterprise mobile app platform (MBaaS) working together with HP Helion Development Platform:
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7:40: Live Demo of HP Helion Development Platform is over. Everyone is heading outside to the lounge area to sip wine, enjoy tasty appetizers and have interesting conversations on how HP Helion Dev Platform can change the way enterprises build applications for the cloud.

Simultaneously with the main event at Temple SF, HP and Altoros sponsored a real-time crowd chat. The discussion addressed the following questions:

  1. Market readiness to adopt PaaS. What’s the biggest barrier for enterprise adoption of Cloud Foundry-based commercial products like HP Dev Platform? What are some lessons learned from successful enterprise implementations?
  2. What is the quality a PaaS platform should have to be widely adopted?
  3. Industrialized Internet and the API economy pushed many enterprises off the cliff and right into uncharted waters. What might be the “PaaS killer apps” carrying significant advantages compared to using “out-of-the-box” IaaS infrastructures?
  4. How will containers play into role of PaaS, application delivery, and development?
  5. What application services are critical for developing cloud-native applications?
  6. What are some challenges for developing and deploying cloud-native applications that PaaS can help to solve?
  7. What’s that one thing that would make your life easier as a developer?
  8. What does the launch of the Dev Platform mean for the PaaS end users?
  9. What does it mean for the HP ecosystem and members of the CF Foundation? Competitors?

Moderators: Judith Hurwitz (Hurwitz & Associates), Roger Strukhoff (Cloud Expo, IoT Journal), Haley Carriere (HP Cloud), and Renat Khasanshyn (Altoros).

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