HP Dials Down Virtual Server Costs with New Virtualization Technologies
Today’s introductions allow customers to host more virtual machines per server, reduce network interface cards (NICs), switches and cables while simplifying storage management of virtual servers. The new offerings include HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 technology, the HP ProLiant DL385 G5p virtualization server and HP direct connect storage for HP BladeSystem.
“As virtualization technology becomes ubiquitous, customers are looking for infrastructure solutions built from the ground up to simplify as well as lower costs associated with deploying and hosting virtual servers,” said Paul Gottsegen, vice president, marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “These new technologies help eliminate common barriers and bottlenecks to virtualization, allowing customers to manage demands of their most important applications while keeping equipment costs in check.”
Delivering control of network I/O
HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 is the world’s first technology to divide and fine-tune 10Gb Ethernet network bandwidth based on the needs of virtual servers.
As customers implement virtual machines, more demands are placed on server networking which increases the input/output (I/O) traffic and NIC capacity per server blade. To complicate matters, the I/O needs of virtual machines vary.
To support this, many customers spend more than $100,000 on NICs, switches and cables per enclosure. Flex-10 solves these challenges by providing more I/O bandwidth per server at a low cost and allows customers to easily control how that bandwidth is used so each virtual server gets as much as it needs. Flex-10 also eliminates Ethernet NICs, switches and cables up to 75 percent.
In addition, HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 can:
• Support more virtual servers per blade by adding four times more NIC ports without adding additional NICs or switches
• Maximize network performance by dialing up or down the speed of each connection in 100Mb/s increments to match the demand of virtual server I/O
• Deliver 10Gb networking at costs lower than multiple 1Gb implementations commonly used today for virtualized environments
• Support iSCSI and future Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage deployments with flexible bandwidth
The Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet module works with the Flex-10 NIC built into the recently announced HP ProLiant BL495c virtualization blade. All existing HP ProLiant c-Class blades can be Virtual Connect Flex-10 enabled via the new NC532m Flex-10 NIC upgrade card.
Also introduced today is an updated Virtual Connect 4Gb Fibre Channel module that saves administrative time and adds infrastructure flexibility by provisioning up to 128 separate storage resources per server blade. Each individual storage resource can be associated to any virtual machine and will remain connected to that machine regardless of the physical server it moves to within a BladeSystem enclosure.
Top virtualization performance on ProLiant, the leading virtualization platform
The new HP ProLiant DL385 G5p is a rack-based server optimized for virtualization. The DL385 G5p is the world’s leading two-processor server in VMmark benchmarks with 11.0@8 tiles. Based on AMD’s new Opteron ™ 2300 Series Quad-Core processor, the DL385 G5p helps customers maximize the performance of virtual machines.
With the DL385 G5p, customers can:
• Improve application performance and support more virtual machines with twice the memory of the existing DL385 including up to 16 DIMMs and 128GB RAM
• Increase energy efficiency by 67 percent over the existing DL385
• Configure the server to meet storage needs with 16 small form factor or 6 large form factor drives, allowing up to 6 terabytes of internal storage
• Increase throughput with twice as many integrated networking connections and a flexible I/O design with three modular configurations, including high performance PCI x16 support or legacy PCI-X options
• Gain better control of virtualized environments through HP Insight software for managing physical and virtual infrastructure including integrated hypervisor support
New storage option for HP BladeSystem customers
HP has enhanced the storage options for HP BladeSystem by providing server administrators with a low cost and flexible shared storage solution. HP direct connect storage for HP BladeSystem includes two HP StorageWorks 3Gb SAS BL Switches, a BladeSystem c3000 or c7000 enclosure and up to four HP StorageWorks MSA2000sa arrays.
This new storage option enables customers to:
• Implement a cost-effective shared storage solution for virtualized environments
• Deploy up to 192 terabytes (TB) of storage to a single HP BladeSystem enclosure supporting up to 16 ProLiant server blades
• Mix and match SAS and SATA hard drives to meet business needs
• Take advantage of optional data protection using snap and clone functionality for rapid backup and recovery
Pricing and Availability
The HP Virtual Connect Flex 10 Ethernet module, NC532m Flex-10 NIC upgrade card, HP Virtual Connect 4Gb FC module, HP ProLiant DL385 G5p, and HP direct connect storage for HP BladeSystem are available today. Pricing can be found on www.hp.com.
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(1) Compares HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 network equipment costs needed to support an 8 NIC server blade to Cisco 3120G 1/1Gb switches, NC 360m and NC364m mezzanine cards, cables and Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch ports.
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