HP Encourages CIOs to Rethink Virtualization in Business Terms

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HP today announced new products, services and solutions designed to transform virtualization so that it delivers greater business value.

Recent global research conducted on behalf of HP1 revealed that while 86 percent of technology decision makers have implemented virtualization projects, the vast majority of respondents expect to have virtualized just 25 percent of their technology environments by 2010.

While many of those surveyed anticipate eventually reaching 75 percent virtualization of their total environments, only one-third of these technology implementers recognize virtualization as a valuable business tool. Two thirds of implementers relegate virtualization to the role of technology enabler.

"As virtualization goes mainstream in Asia Pacific, there is an increasing opportunity for companies to optimize their applications, business services and physical infrastructure to maximize virtualization investments," said Avneesh Saxena, IDC analyst. "To realize business benefits such as increased operational efficiency, companies need to focus on managing across virtual and physical environments and creating a unified virtual environment across servers, storage, I/O, and client environments."

HP's approach to virtualization is focused on removing the technology inhibitors that reduce virtualization's impact on the business. It highlights how applications and business services can perform well regardless of where and how they are hosted, networked or managed. It dramatically simplifies management across a combined virtual and physical world, and it addresses the issue of pooling infrastructure resources across an organization.

HP's new offerings support business needs that span the desktop to the data center. They are focused on lowering operational cost, mitigating the risk of a heterogeneous environment and freeing resources to deliver new business services. These offerings are designed around three specific areas: applications and operations management, overcoming infrastructure barriers, and maximizing client architectures and support services.

"Virtualization is a powerful step in transforming IT," said Tony Parkinson, vice president, Enterprise Storage and Servers, HP Asia Pacific & Japan. "To do it right means successfully managing and automating mixed physical and virtual environments. HP delivers the industry's broadest portfolio for virtualized environments, covering applications and operations management, infrastructure and client architectures and support services."

Applications and operations management

HP Business Service Management (BSM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions have been enhanced with new virtualization monitoring and support capabilities to seamlessly link business services to the physical and virtual resources that deliver and manage them. This leads to faster deployments, lower costs and quicker problem resolution.

  • HP Operations Agent, HP Performance Agent and HP SiteScope have been enhanced with hypervisor management capabilities, including the ability to collect management data to automate event and availability monitoring and management processes across heterogeneous infrastructures.
  • HP Network Node Manager i-series has been updated to monitor the performance and availability of networks supporting dynamic, virtualized environments. This allows customers to proactively plan and monitor network capacity.
  • New HP Asset Manager identifies and manages virtual machine asset inventory and licenses, allowing customers to pay for only the licenses they need.
  • A new strategic development agreement with Red Hat simplifies the monitoring and management of virtualized environments.
  • New and enhanced HP Virtualization Support Services achieve a smooth transition to and ongoing management of new virtualization technology and reduce the risk of unplanned downtime.

Overcoming infrastructure barriers

To overcome infrastructure barriers, where current infrastructure is not taking complete advantage of virtualization, new HP offerings are designed to lower costs, mitigate the risk of downtime and free up resources that can drive additional business services to support growth.

 ProLiant BL495c G5 server blade in HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosureHP ProLiant BL495c
virtualization blade
HP StorageWorks 4400 Scalable
NAS File Services
  • The HP ProLiant BL495c virtualization blade is the world's first server blade designed specifically to host virtual machines. The BL495c eliminates key virtualization performance bottlenecks of memory, data storage and network connections.
  • HP StorageWorks 4400 Scalable NAS File Services integrates the HP StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array, file servers, management software, and Windows® or Linux support to virtualize the connection between servers and storage. The solution lowers maintenance costs and mitigates the risk of data loss with advanced replication software.
  • HP-UX 11i V3 and the HP Virtual Server Environment have been enhanced for mission-critical virtualization with significant performance improvement, automated optimization, improved protection and simplified management capabilities.
  • HP Virtualization Accelerator Services are new, predefined consulting services for planning, designing and implementing virtualization initiatives. This yields a faster return on investment.

Client architectures

Businesses can leverage client virtualization to achieve greater reliability, security and improved management of end-user computing. This decreases the cost of client management and support while increasing productivity.

  • The new HP Compaq t5630, t5545, t5540 and t5145 thin clients feature scratch-resistant HP DuraFinish and provide expanded multimedia features, enhanced brokering capabilities, greater performance and improved management support.
  • The HP ProLiant xw460c Blade Workstation with Graphics Expansion Blade supports a full range of graphics capability with the latest NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics. This provides more secure, easily managed data center workstation computing for the financial trading, public sector, mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), and oil and gas segments.
  • Enhancements to the HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution include new planning, quick-start and implementation services. These services determine specific VDI needs and associated business value, so customers can implement the right solutions. HP also unveiled the new HP VDI with Citrix XenDesktop, which is designed to enable everything from smaller, entry-level implementations to enterprise-wide desktop delivery.
  • Citrix-ready blade PCs and thin clients are now certified for use within Citrix XenDesktop environments. They deliver a dedicated one-to-one remote computing experience at radically improved economics for knowledge workers requiring a broad range of application support and a rich graphics experience.

Additional resources

More information about today's news, including a video from Ann Livermore, executive vice president of the Technology Solutions Group at HP, is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/virtualization2008.

More information about HP's virtualization capabilities, including HP customer testimonials on their virtualization implementations, is available at www.hp.com.hk/virtualise.

News advisories

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» Study: Power of Virtualization Largely Untapped Despite Massive Adoption

Fact sheets

» HP ProLiant BL495c Virtualization Blade
» HP StorageWorks 4400 Scalable NAS File Services

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1) "HP Virtualization Study," conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland, August 2008. The full report is available at www.hp.com/go/virtualizationresearch08.

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