HP Integrates Server Management with Microsoft Suite

HP is integrating its Insight Control systems management software into Microsoft's System Center suite, a move HP officials say will bring simplicity to an increasingly complex data center environment. The ICE-SC move will enable HP ProLiant and BladeSystem users who have opted for Microsoft's management suite to take better advantage of the myriad hardware and software capabilities HP is offering through its Adaptive Infrastructure data center initiative. It also brings greater technical support, a key issue for HP customers.

Hewlett-Packard is integrating its Insight Control systems management software suite into Microsoft's System Center offering, the latest move by the systems vendor in its integrated data center initiative.

HP officials said the move to integrate the server management features of HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers into Microsoft's consoles will give IT administrators greater visibility into and management of their data center environments. HP announced the integration April 28.

"The focus here is that we're reaching out to customers who have chosen Microsoft System Center as their overarching management system," said Jeff Carlat, director of marketing for HP's Infrastructure Software and BladeSystem business.

HP's Adaptive Infrastructure initiative is designed to improve performance and flexibility in the data center while reducing complexity and costs. The company has kept up a steady drumbeat of announcements around the strategy, most recently introducing its BladeSystem Matrix, an all-in-one package that combines server, storage, networking and software, linked through HP's Virtual Connect technology.

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Carlat said the integration move with Microsoft is another step in simplifying the data center environment, where such technologies as virtualization and advanced networking capabilities are making things more unwieldy for IT administrators.

"We are seeing a high level of complexity popping up in the data center," he said.