Users Benefit from ICE-SC
Integrating the HP management capabilities into Microsoft's System Center-in what HP is calling its Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center, or ICE-SC-will let ProLiant and BladeSystem users who have opted for Microsoft's software suite take advantage of the capabilities HP has to offer, Carlat said. Until now, HP was like most of its competitors in offering basic integration into Microsoft System Center, Carlat said. However, the deeper integration of Insight Control means IT administrators can make better use of such HP technologies as the myriad sensors in the new ProLiant G6 servers-released in March in conjunction with Intel's rollout of its new Xeon 5500 series chips. Through the System Center console, users can monitor the information coming in from the sensors.Through the integration effort, users will be able to monitor and respond to software and hardware problems though the Microsoft consoles, including server health warnings and prefailure condition alerts with SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) 2007. In addition, ProLiant and BladeSystem users can manage virtual machines using Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and configuration tasks through System Center Configuration Manager. It also means greater insight into the relationship between host physical systems and virtual machines, the company said. The benefits of the integration to users are increased uptime, simplified virtualization management, and better power and cooling capabilities thanks to such HP technologies as Dynamic Power Capping, which enables administrators to set a maximum power usage limit on the machines. HP will release ICE-SC in June with pricing starting at $549, although there are upgrade prices for businesses already using HP management software. Carlat said HP and Microsoft plan to enhance this integration effort and already are developing a road map for the first half of 2010.
It also means greater HP support for the ProLiant systems, Carlat said, including one year of 24/7 technical support. Such robust support was the top issue among customers, he said.