HP Boosting Enterprise Portfolio
At the same time, HP is looking to boost its enterprise portfolio and is reaching out to form as many partnerships as it can in the virtualization market to offer a wide array of choices and options for customers, said King. HP's main competitors-IBM and Dell-also have agreements for embedded virtualization with VMware, and King said those two companies will likely make similar agreements with Citrix as well. Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of virtualization and management for Citrix, said the embedded hypervisor-officially called XenServer HP Select Edition-is the better way to deploy virtualization and pool resources, since HP provides management tools that are integrated with the virtualization technology.In addition to working with HP's Systems Insight Manager, the companies have developed a new interface called ProLiant Virtual Console to manage and control both the physical servers and the virtual machines. In addition, the ProLiant iVirtualization suite allows the user to create a virtual environment either on one server or as part of a more complex virtual server, application or hosted desktop environment. Although the VMware 3i product also integrates with Insight Manager, Crosby said Citrix lets HP create the additional management tools to make it easier for IT staffers to create these virtual environments as well as make it easier to integrate. This allowed Citrix to focus on developing virtualization technology. "The great thing is that HP has already built all of this stuff," said Crosby. "HP already has products in the form of its VMM [Virtual Machine Manager], which has the ability to manage not only XenServer, but VMware and Microsoft as well." When it becomes available, the Citrix XenServer HP Select Edition will have a starting price of $299 for a basic package.
"We believe that this is the right way to do virtualization-by building deeply into the heart of the server," Crosby said.