HP Launches New Turnkey Cloud-Building Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-30 Print this article Print

The VirtualSystem suite of applications for VMware is designed to enable deployment of a virtualized cloud system within a mere few hours.

Hewlett-Packard, still stinging from a lackluster quarterly report on Aug. 18 and answering questions about its long-term strategy, stuck to product news Aug. 30 at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas. It unveiled a new turnkey-type cloud-building package for midrange enterprises and branch offices of large enterprises.

HP VirtualSystem suite of applications for VMware, which to be used optimally must run on the company's new "converged" blade servers and storage arrays, is designed to enable deployment of a virtualized cloud system within a few hours.

HP approaches the idea of cloud migration for midmarket enterprises based on three different products that comprise the HP VirtualSystem suite: HP Converged Storage, BladeSystem Servers, and Insight software.

VirtualSystem, which has been in development at HP for about three years, is the company's answer to continuing installation, deployment and maintenance problems many enterprises -- especially those short of experienced IT help -- have had with migration to cloud computing.

HP claims that VirtualSystem, when used with all the specified hardware, enables clients to:

  • Accelerate virtual machine mobility, increase system throughput and reduce network recovery time using the new HP FlexFabric virtualized networking solution;
  • Cut capacity requirements by 50 percent, double virtual machine density and speed deployment with HP LeftHand and HP 3PAR Storage Systems;
  • Improve virtual server operations with HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server, which alerts IT administrators and allows for remote troubleshooting and management; and
  • Align virtualization strategy and investments to business goals with consulting, planning, pre-integration, deployment and support services from HP Technology Services and HP ServiceONE partners.
Pricing of VirtualSystem for VMware isn't trivial. It is available now, starting at $167,300. This, of course, includes all the infrastructure hardware and software, factory integration and three years of HP Support Plus 24 service.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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