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HP Delivers New Virtualization Offerings from Desktop to Data Center
HP customers Volkswagen Credit and U.S. Steel realize cost savings and agility benefits of HP Adaptive Enterprise solutionsPALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 4, 2003
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded its portfolio of virtualization offerings with new technologies and services. HP's holistic approach to virtualization creates an environment where information technology (IT) resources are pooled and shared so utilization is optimized and supply automatically meets demand.
The offerings build on the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy to synchronize business and IT to capitalize on change. Virtualization enables customers to simultaneously drive down IT costs while increasing business agility, that is, their ability to respond rapidly to changes in market conditions or customer demands. Customers Volkswagen Credit and U.S. Steel, for example, are already recognizing the benefits of using HP's virtual desktop solution.
HP's new virtualization offerings include a solution that bridges the gap between traditional desktop computing and server-based computing models, giving customers the ability to virtualize their corporate desktop systems. The HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure solution is significantly easier to maintain and delivers a much lower total cost of ownership than traditional PCs – with an average cost saving of $1,200 per user per year, and up to 50 percent total savings over a four-year lifecycle.
To deliver greater business value to enterprises, HP is increasing its focus on virtualization technologies, services and partnerships, including work with BEA Systems and Oracle. HP is enabling companies to dynamically grow and shrink server resources to meet service-level objectives by optimizing its Virtual Server Environment solution for BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 and Oracle9i Database.
(More detailed information on HP's virtualization offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/virtualization/presskit).
According to a recent report by Gartner, by 2008, enterprises that do not leverage virtualization technologies will spend 25 percent more annually for hardware, software, labor and space for Intel® servers and 15 percent more on the same for RISC servers (0.7 probability).(1)
"For years, customers have operated with siloed infrastructures that are over-provisioned, inflexible and expensive," said Nora Denzel, senior vice president, HP Adaptive Enterprise. "As demand increases for virtualization solutions, we expect data center utilization rates to double and the market for virtualization software to reach $3 billion by 2006."
In November, HP built on its Adaptive Enterprise strategy with new management services and software products to help chief information officers run IT as a business and automate the dynamic link between business and IT. HP's holistic approach to virtualization complements its management offerings with people, processes and technologies.
HP has extended its IT consolidation solution with powerful virtualization offerings and brings its experience and services capabilities to help customers realize the business benefits of virtualization. To date, HP has shipped more than 250,000 virtualization software licenses.
"Enterprises should start now to build a multiyear strategy for virtualization," said Tom Bittman, vice president, Gartner. "Furthermore, they should understand the virtualization offerings and strategies of their IT vendors and make that a part of their overall IT selection process."
HP Services can guide customers through a phased approach to assessing and optimizing their entire business and IT environment to determine which processes are the best targets for virtualization, and then implement the solutions and provide support as needed. HP Services offers a range of management options for customers, from complete utility offerings to outsourcing solutions, providing customers flexibility with the right measure of guidance from HP.
HP's virtualization offerings
HP's virtualization solutions encompass three key areas representing increasing business value and strategic importance to an organization: element virtualization, integrated virtualization and complete IT utility solutions.
New and enhanced element virtualization solutions unveiled today include:
HP's integrated virtualization solutions bring together multiple IT elements, such as servers and storage devices, to help meet service-level objectives:
"HP's virtual desktop solution gives us a standardized and simplified means to enable enterprise-wide management of the desktop experience," said Jack Klosterman, chief information officer, Volkswagen Credit. "The solution dramatically increases productivity and reduces individual desktop support while allowing us to have the flexibility to make system-wide upgrades or fixes overnight."
HP's complete IT utility solutions optimize heterogeneous resources. For example, HP is the only company to offer a complete, shipping data center virtualization solution, the HP Utility Data Center. New solutions include:
As a critical enabler of HP's Adaptive Enterprise vision, HP Services helps make solutions real for customers. HP provides technology and related support services, as well as consulting and integration services for optimization and improved efficiencies. HP also is providing new process and technology innovations as part of its On Demand managed services portfolio for added financial flexibility, as well as strategic outsourcing for those customers looking for virtualization solutions that offer maximum IT and financial agility.
Complete information on HP's virtualization offerings is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/virtualization/presskit.
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(1) Gartner: "Predicts 2004: Server Virtualization Evolves Rapidly" by Tom Bittman, Nov. 14, 2003.
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