Press Release: September 01, 2009

HP Drives Business Growth for Customers Through Virtualization Innovations

Announces first VMware-based virtual desktop solution for under $1,000

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1,2009

At VMworld 2009 today, HPannounced innovative management and service solutions that extendthe benefits of virtualization beyond servers to the entireinfrastructure.

As a result, customers canmaximize resource utilization, improve administrator productivityand drive business growth.

HP also announced the firstvirtual desktop infrastructure solution for under $1,000 per userseat.(1) The solution was demonstrated during VMwareChief Executive Officer Paul Maritz’s keynote presentationtoday.

Virtual desktopinfrastructure is a server-based computing model that gives users aPC desktop experience, while securing all applications, managementand processing in the data center. The HP Virtual Desktop ReferenceArchitecture for VMware View specifically addresses theperformance bottlenecks and management complexities of otherofferings. Customers can test the solution in select HP solutioncenters worldwide.

Industry analyst firm IDCpredicts that companies will spend nearly $100 billion by 2012 onthe management and administration of virtual servers and expectsthat new virtual server installations will outnumber physicalserver shipments, starting as early as the end of thisyear.(2) HP is the first provider to address thesechallenges by delivering a converged infrastructure that bringstogether all data center resources, including server, storage,network, I/O, application and desktop.

“Chief information officersneed solutions that increase the cost-saving benefits ofvirtualization while cutting through the complexity andadministrative issues caused by virtual sprawl,” said Mark Potter,senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Softwareand Blades, HP. “For more than half a decade, HP and VMware havejointly invested in technologies that enable customers to maximizethe value of their virtualization efforts. By extendingvirtualization beyond servers through HP’s converged infrastructuresolutions, customers can fully realize the potential of theirpeople, applications and technology infrastructure.”

Start virtualizing yourinfrastructure

Only HP can deliver acomplete, end-to-end virtualization solution that combines hardwareand software to:

  • Cost-effectively deliver a virtual desktop infrastructure thatprovides increased data protection and uptime. HP’s Virtual Desktop ReferenceArchitecture for VMware View™ also lowers support costs versustraditional PC environments.(3)
  • Lower costs up to 50 percent and improve capacity utilizationup to 33 percent by virtualizing storage capacity with HP LeftHand P4000 andother StorageWorks virtualization solutions.(3)

Information pertaining toother new solutions for virtualizing infrastructure is available at

Increase administratorproductivity

To help simplify datacenter management of a virtual and physical infrastructure, andmaximize VMware investments, customers need common tools. HP,teamed with VMware, is delivering new capabilities that bridge thephysical and virtual data center silos through unified managementand automation. Key customer benefits include:

  • Direct administrator access, through VMware vCenter™, to thephysical infrastructure to manage server health, power use andremote control for the first time with the new HP Insight Control forVMware vCenter™.
  • Increased administrator effectiveness with HP Operations Manager for virtualization by monitoring theavailability and performance of all virtual and physical assetsthrough a single common dashboard.
  • Reduced risk of downtime with HP Network Automationwhich, for the first time, gives network administrators control ofthe VMware vSwitch in addition to the physical networkenvironments.
  • Simplified storage management by monitoring and configuring HPEnterprise Virtual Arrays within a virtual machine using the new HP StorageWorks Command View Enterprise Virtual Arraymanagement suite.
  • Simplified and reduced risk of migration to clientvirtualization with the HP Virtual Client Essentialssoftware portfolio, which includes easy-to-use setup, configurationand management tools for thin clients. This solution also offers arepurposed PC deployment solution and will support VMware’ssoftware implementation of PC over IP (PCoIP) protocol.

Accelerate time tovalue

HP provides the experience,breadth of technology, partner ecosystem and services needed tosimplify complex virtualization projects, delivering:

  • Improved management ofvirtualized environments in the data center as a result of arecently signed alliance agreement between EDS, an HP company, andVMware. The agreement brings together EDS data center expertise andVMware virtualization leadership to provide clients with a robust,well-managed virtualized environment.
  • Reduced total cost of ownership and risk by leveragingvirtualization best practices with the new HP SANReadiness Assessment for Server Virtualization and the newlypackaged HP Migration Services for VMware vSphere.
  • More optimized partner virtualization solutions for HPBladeSystem hardware with the HP Solution Builder program for BladeSystem than any othersystems provider. This program provides testing, technology,marketing and integration services from HP for 334 partners toensure their solutions maximize the value of HP serverplatforms.
  • Enhanced network efficiency and lower costs. Together withVMware, HP is leveraging open industry standards such as VirtualEthernet Port Aggregator (VEPA) to provide a process forvirtualizing switches, network interface cards and access points.These can be managed universally to increase visibility, improvetraffic control and simplify manageability.

Global leader in VMwaretechnologies

Leading in virtualizationperformance, the HP ProLiant DL785 G6 has achieved the highest VMware VMmarkbenchmark score in the industry – 53.73 at 35 tiles. This is 58percent better than the previous highest eight-socket (48 cores)result. HP also garnered the highest scores for four processors and24 cores, as well as two processors and eightcores.(4)

HP has the mostVMware-certified server and storage systems and the largest numberof VMware-certified professionals supporting heterogeneousenvironments. HP also offers customers the largest global VMwareAuthorized Training Center network, with more than 100 trainingcenters in more than 30 countries.

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HP, the world’s largesttechnology company, simplifies the technology experience forconsumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing,personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. Moreinformation about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

(1) Sub $1,000per user price calculation includes the virtual desktopinfrastructure hardware and software components (VMware ViewPremier, Microsoft® VECD, and HP software licenses) for a fullyloaded virtual desktop configuration for 750 productivityusers.

(2) IDCWorldwide Server Virtualization Shipment Forecast, August 2009.

(3) Calculationbased on aggregate best practice guidelines.

(4) VMwareVMmark results, Aug. 25, 2009. VMmark utilizes SPECjbb2005 andSPECweb2005, which are available from the Standard PerformanceEvaluation Corporation (SPEC), and HP independently publishedtwo-processor/eight-core VMmark result at

VMware VMmark is a productof VMware Inc. Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark ofMicrosoft Corp.

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