HP Unveils New Apollo HPC Supercomputers
Along with the Apollo systems, HP also introduced its Helion Self-Service HPC, a private cloud solution with a self-service portal that offers a range of resources. The user can manage the solution or have HP manage it for them on a pay-per-use basis. It's based on HP's Helion OpenStack cloud platform, which was introduced in May. In the area of converged infrastructures, HP introduced new tools for managing such environments and reducing operational expenses. The company unveiled enhancements to HP OneView, a converged management platform that enables organizations to use a single tool to handle server, storage and networking elements in tightly integrated solutions. HP has been aggressively pursuing the converged infrastructure space for several years, competing with the likes of Cisco Systems and its Unified Computing System (UCS). The company in April 2013 announced a ConvergedSystems business unit, and has been steadily building out the portfolio. In December 2013 the company unveiled new systems for virtualization and big data, and in March introduced a system for SAP's HANA in-memory database technology. The converged infrastructures are designed to make deployment simpler—organizations aren't required to integrate the elements themselves—and less costly than traditional environments. HP OneView is designed to better converge the management of the platform, according to Frances Guida, manager of HP's ConvergedSystems business.The enhancements to OneView include extending its reach to HP's 3Par storage lineup and supporting flexible pools of storage through automated converges of servers and storage. In addition, there is new integration with management systems from VMware and Microsoft. HP also is combining OneView with HP's ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 solutions for virtualization, which will offer twice the performance of competing systems at lower cost and complexity, according to company officials.
"We're using software to tie together all of these elements through software," Guida told eWEEK.