HP's new Critical Advantage services are designed to help companies that are moving their business-critical applications into virtualized environments.
is unveiling a new set of services to help businesses that are growing their
deployment of virtualization technologies in their x86-based data centers.
HP Critical Advantage, the services come as enterprises and smaller businesses
are moving more of their mission-critical and production workloads onto virtual
machines. Virtualizing the data center can help businesses reduce capital and
operating expenses because fewer physical systems are needed, which reduces up-front
costs as well as power and space expenditures; however, virtualization also can
increase the complexity and management headaches for IT departments, according
enterprises virtualize their industry-standards-based environments to control
costs and gain flexibility, they are realizing the vast complexities the
technology can introduce," IDC analyst Matt
Healey said in a statement. Extensive support systems such as HP's Critical
Advantage "can improve availability and reduce downtime of business-critical
applications so that clients can fully realize the potential of
analysts in September said that businesses continue to grow
their use of server-virtualization
technologies. More than 80 percent of
companies have a virtualization program or project under way, according to the
research firm. Still, only 25 percent of server workloads currently are running
on virtual machines, and Gartner analysts said businesses are going to need to
invest in an IT architecture that can handle two to three times more virtual
will continue as the highest-impact issue challenging infrastructure and
operations through 2015, changing how you manage, how and what you buy, how you
deploy, how you plan and how you charge," Philip Dawson, research vice
president at Gartner, said in a statement at the time.
will continue to be a key storage technology in 2011.
that will only add to the complexity already being created by the rapid
adoption of virtualization, and it's these issues that HP's new services,
unveiled Dec. 14, are targeting. The services are available immediately through
HP's Technology Services business.
more businesses putting more mission-critical workloads onto virtual machines
in x86 environments, the need to avoid downtime becomes more apparent,
according to HP officials. Through HP's Critical Advantage services, the vendor
will assign a dedicated team of HP technicians to help businesses plan, deploy
and manage their x86 virtualized environments.
having this dedicated HP team focused on their virtualized environments,
businesses can free up their own IT staff to focus more on innovative projects,
HP officials said. The HP Global Mission Critical Solution Center offers
business fast response and resolution to problems within the virtualized
business-critical environments, which will help the companies reduce downtime.
the initiative, HP also offers a set of proactive services based on best
practices for change management and improving processes to reduce unplanned
Critical Advantage Flexible Proactive Services include performance and capacity
analysis to help companies align their virtualization capacity with their
business needs. Another service, Virtualization Readiness Workshop for Critical
Applications, helps companies with infrastructure planning and assessment to
ensure that they get the most out of their virtualization deployments. HP also
helps businesses optimize their virtualized environments, ensuring that they
get the maximum efficiency and minimum of downtime from their virtualized