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HP Start-Up Gets New VP & Cloud Evangelist

Delivering solutions to help companies succeed in the cloud

"I came to HP cloud services because of the approach HP is taking with the cloud and how this opportunity was really a culmination of everything I've been doing in the industry," noted Margaret Dawson, former VP of Marketing at Symform, about her recent move to HP Cloud Services as VP of Product Marketing & HP Cloud Evangelist. Dawson has been working in her new position since Feb 11.

HP Cloud Services, a start-up business within Hewlett Packard, will be delivering public cloud infrastructure, platform services, and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, partners, service providers, and enterprises. Products include HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage, which are built on HP's hardware and software, with elements of HP Converged Infrastructure and an integration of OpenStack technology.

The fact that HP is using the OpenStack technology and participating in its open source project was a plus for Dawson. "Leveraging OpenStack is a key differentiator and resonated with me after spending the last four years learning more about the Hadoop ecosystem, open source approaches to distributed and decentralized systems," said Dawson, "and the power of enabling customers to experience the public cloud as more than a black box but instead have access to an open, interoperable architecture and community.

"We are able to draw on the broad foundation of HP technologies, products and experience, which spans servers, storage systems, networking equipment, software and professional services. Plus, our customers love HP, and the company really understands the enterprise. This vast portfolio and customer base combined with our ability to deliver private, public and managed cloud environments is why we will win in this market."

Commenting on why she made the move, Dawson explained, "I've spent the last five years evangelizing and working with IT and business leaders to understand and figure out how to deploy and manage cloud computing and big data solutions. Now, with HP, I have this rich platform and ecosystem of people, products and partners behind me that can deliver solutions to help companies succeed in the cloud."

Dawson had been working at Symform, a cloud storage and backup provider, where she was vice president of marketing. Prior to Symform, she ran product management and marketing for Hubspan, a B2B cloud integration provider. While at Microsoft, Dawson led a product management team for two network security products. She is also an active member of CloudNOW, a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud computing.

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