At the HP Discover conference today, HP announced Converged Infrastructure solutions that the vendor says are industry firsts, designed to "improve enterprise agility by simplifying deployment and speeding IT delivery." These Converged Infrastructure solutions are key to the company’s Instant-On Enterprise journey for customers. HP says the offerings "break through IT sprawl and turn technology assets into interoperable, shared pools of resources with a common management platform." HP calls the announcement package Agility IT.
Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of HP's Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking group, said the new solutions "extend the benefits of convergence to deliver new levels of speed, simplicity and efficiency that enable clients to capitalize and anticipate change. In a world where enterprises must instantly react to changing markets, clients are turning to HP Converged Infrastructure to dramatically improve their agility."
HP's Discover announcements from Las Vegas today include:
A Converged Storage architecture and portfolio, which integrates HP Store360 scale-out software with HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant hardware. HP says the solution can reduce storage administration, speed time to service delivery, increase energy efficiency, and improve access for any data type or application workload. The offerings are complemented by new Storage Consulting services.
The Converged Data Center, a new class of HP Performance Optimized Data Centers (PODs), can be deployed faster than any competitive offering – 12 weeks – at what HP says is a quarter of the cost of a traditional brick-and-mortar data center. For example, the HP POD 240a, which the company calls the "HP EcoPOD," uses 95 percent less facilities energy.
Converged Systems, a new portfolio of turnkey, optimized and converged hardware, software, tailored consulting and HP Solution Support services that enable clients to be up and running with new applications in hours instead of months.
HP Server Automation 9.1, software which provisions physical and virtual application instances across the entire life cycle.
HP says that Converged Systems speed solution deployment by providing a common architecture, management and security model across virtualization, cloud and dedicated application environments. They include:
— HP VirtualSystem, to increase performance and reduce complexity with an architecture optimized for virtual server and virtual desktop environments. HP says that VirtualSystem "provides advanced security and single-pane-of-glass management across hybrid environments, and supports Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and VMware. It provides a simple path to cloud computing with a rapid upgrade to HP CloudSystem."
— HP CloudSystem, originally announced in January, provides a platform for building and managing cloud services across private, public and hybrid environments. Universal security, governance and multi-tenant management enable clients to ensure quality of service and reduce risk.
— HP AppSystem, which the vendor says maximizes performance while simplifying deployment and application management. These systems offer best practice operations with a standard architecture that lowers total cost of ownership. Among the new systems are HP Vertica Analytics System, as well as HP Database Consolidation Solution and HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance, which are both optimized for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
HP is making a live video of the HP Discover press conference is available at 10 AM PDT today at www.hp.com/go/agileIT. On-demand replays will be available.