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HP Delivers Innovations to Power Cloud Computing

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HPtoday announced new virtualization software solutions thatsimplify, automate and secure the movement of virtual machines(VMs) and data in cloud environments, providing clients withincreased agility for addressing dynamic market opportunities.

In legacy infrastructures,moving a VM workload such as a Microsoft® Exchange applicationbetween data centers requires hundreds of complex, manualdevice-level configuration steps. Data mobility is similarlychallenging because storage requires a physical deployment thatconsumes floor space, power, cooling and infrastructure investment,which locks clients into a proprietary environment.

New HP Converged Infrastructuresolutions help to eliminate these issues, delivering increasedagility and simplicity:

  • HP Ethernet Virtual Interconnect (EVI) is the industry’s firstsolution(1) to simplify and speed the interconnectivityof up to eight geographically dispersed data centers in minutes,eliminating manual configuration tasks.
  • HP Multitenant Device Context (MDC) software delivers increasedsecurity for multitenant cloud applications, eliminating thecomingling of data from different applications or departments.
  • HP StoreVirtualvirtual storage appliance (VSA) increases flexibility byallowing clients to easily build storage pools on any x86 serverusing VMware vSphere® or Windows® Server Hyper-V hypervisors. As aresult, clients can move data across heterogeneous servers,hypervisors and data center locations to better meet organizationneeds, while reducing overall cost and complexity.

“Clients are seeking a moreflexible virtualized environment that enables mobility of virtualmachines and data services across the enterprise,” said BethanyMayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP.“HP’s unique virtualization technologies meet that need, helpingclients to significantly increase their agility and innovate at apace their organizations demand.”

Industry’s onlymultitenant Data Center Interconnect for cloudnetworks

Connecting geographicallydispersed data centers optimizes workload mobility and disasterrecovery. Typically, this connectivity requires months oferror-prone and costly manual network redesign andreconfiguration.

HP EVI is the industry’sonly(1)DataCenter Interconnect overlay technology that enables “singletouch” connection of up to eight data centers around the world fromone location. Clients can optimize server and storage resources toperform workload mobility or disaster recovery by linking thesoftware in HP EVI from one data center to another.

With HP MDC software,clients can create multiple, secure and isolated functions fororganizational departments such as finance, human resources andengineering, while reducing the number of networking devices in thedata center by 75 percent.(1) Combining HP EVI with HPMDC simplifies data-center interconnectivity while reducing totalcost of ownership by 56 percent(1) with a singlemanagement platform.

“We needed a centralized,consolidated data-center infrastructure that delivered long-termoperational efficiencies to accommodate our network of more than100 agencies,” said Jason Cohen, global chief information officerat Diversified Agency Services, a global marketing services andspecialty communication company. “HP delivered exactly that, andthe new Data Center Interconnect additions will ensure businesscontinuity by distributing applications and compute resources forour enterprise private cloud.”

Industry’s onlyhypervisor-independent virtual storage appliance

To address flexibility andcost, many organizations have moved from physical storagedeployments to VSAs and VM-based data services to support newapplication workloads and rapid data growth. However, most VSAsoftware is proprietary, supporting only a single vendor’s hardwareand hypervisor.

HP StoreVirtual VSA is thefirst software-based virtual storage appliance to operate on anyx86 server, while connecting to a range of third-party externalstorage solutions and supporting a mix of VMware vSphere andWindows Server Hyper-V hypervisors simultaneously.(2)This heterogeneous, hardware-agnostic solution for deliveringshared storage in virtualized environments eliminates vendorlock-in, reduces infrastructure cost by up to 60percent(1) and increases utilization without additionalinvestment.

“The ability to reducedistance limitation in networking and to simplify storageinfrastructure is important for organizations using VMware vMotion®in VMware vSphere,” said Gary Green, vice president, GlobalStrategic Alliances, VMware. “We are pleased to continue to partnerwith HP to enable our customers to address IT challenges withbetter resource utilization and optimization for workload mobilityacross data centers.”

Pricing andavailability

  • HP Ethernet Virtual Interconnect and HP Multitenant DeviceContext will be available worldwide this fall as software upgradesfor the HP FlexFabric core switches.
  • HP StoreVirtual VSA will be available worldwide in Septemberwith a starting U.S. list price of $700 per license when purchasedin multilicense packs.(3)

Additional informationabout the new networking and storage solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/VirtualAppNetworksand www.hp.com/go/StoreVirtualVSA.

HP’s premier Europe, MiddleEast and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes placeDec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.


(1) Based on HPinternal comparative analysis of publicly available data from majorcompetitors.

(2) Based on HPcomparisons of publicly available data and expert observations ascited by the Taneja Group that HP LeftHand Virtual SAN Appliancesoftware was the first virtual storage product on the VMware HCLand later on the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog.

(3) EstimatedU.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.


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