HP and VMware Collaborate to Simplify Software-Defined Data Center and Hybrid Cloud Adoption

HP-VMware Networking Solution Unifies Automation across Physical and Virtual Networks; Joint Efforts Help Streamline Enterprise Adoption of OpenStack® Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25, 2014 — Today at VMworld® 2014, HP and VMware announced the expansion of a long-standing relationship to help customers gain competitive advantage by adopting the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud. This announcement includes the general availability of both the standalone HP-VMware networking solution, as well as the solution delivered as part of HP Converged Systems. The companies also announced HP Helion OpenStack will support enterprise-class VMware virtualization technologies. Together, these collaborative efforts can help simplify the adoption of the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud with less risk, and enable customers to deliver applications faster, with greater operational efficiency, and lower costs.

The software-defined data center, where infrastructure is virtualized, delivered as a service and controlled by software, is an open, agile and cost-effective way to build and operate a private, hybrid or public cloud. A software-defined data center supports open frameworks, as well as choice in the underlying data center infrastructure. This flexibility and choice is a critically important factor for enterprises as they plan and build their next-generation datacenter and cloud environments. With this announcement, HP and VMware intend to deliver compelling, differentiated value in helping customers to build and operate highly-scalable private, hybrid or public clouds, with enterprise-proven infrastructure, designed to meet their dynamic and expanding business requirements. 

Industry-First Federated Networking Solution

The HP-VMware networking solution is the industry’s first federated networking solution,(1) designed to provide customers unified automation of, and visibility into, their physical and virtual data center networks, enabling business agility and improving business continuity. The solution federates the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform to provide customers with an integrated approach to automating their physical and virtual network infrastructure. The networking solution provides a centralized view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data center network, improving agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

In addition, the combination of the HP-VMware networking solution with HP Converged Systems for Virtualization and HP OneView automates the provisioning and management of physical and virtual infrastructure resources for more efficient and agile delivery and operation of IT services. The solutions offer an open, software-defined approach, providing a foundation for the cloud, and enabling IT to become more responsive to the business.

Simplifying Deployment of OpenStack Technology in the Enterprise

The OpenStack framework provides application development teams with programmatic access to the infrastructure. OpenStack technology allows IT to deliver a public-cloud like API experience to their developers on their private cloud, without necessarily giving up control of their infrastructure to the public could.

HP and VMware are long-standing contributors to the OpenStack community, and both companies are committed to delivering OpenStack solutions. With its soon to be released HP Helion OpenStack commercial distribution, HP will provide an enterprise-grade OpenStack software solution for customers to adopt in private, public and managed cloud environments. In order meet the commitment to offering an OpenStack distribution built to meet enterprise requirements, HP is working with VMware to support key VMware technologies with HP Helion OpenStack.

HP is announcing that the upcoming commercial release of HP Helion OpenStack will support VMware vSphere®. In addition, HP is also announcing that HP Helion OpenStack will support VMware NSX network virtualization in a near future release. Together, the combination of HP Helion OpenStack with VMware’s enterprise-proven infrastructure, backed by HP Helion OpenStack Professional Services, will help organizations implement OpenStack technology with greater success and confidence. 

Supporting Quotes

“Enterprise customers have given clear and strong direction that they need solutions to enable them to build hybrid cloud environments that leverage their existing investments and provide choice and flexibility in the future,” said Bill Hilf, senior vice president, Cloud Products and Services, HP. “With this partnership, HP and VMware are meeting these enterprise requirements and are committing to work together to offer a compelling solution set to meet customer needs.”  

“VMware believes the software-defined data center is inevitable, and is teaming with HP to drive innovation and simplify adoption of open, software-defined technologies in the enterprise,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, SDDC Division, VMware. “Customers will be able to combine HP Helion OpenStack with VMware’s enterprise-class infrastructure including VMware vSphere and VMware NSX to achieve production-grade OpenStack deployments. Our integrated network virtualization and SDN solution will help customers achieve a completely new operational model for networking that enables data center operators to achieve orders of magnitude better agility and improved economics.”

HP at VMworld 2014

HP will demonstrate VMware vSphere® integration with HP Helion OpenStack and HP and VMware will demonstrate the converged networking solution in HP's booth (No. 1005) at VMworld San Francisco, held Aug. 24-28 at Moscone Center. Additional information on HP at VMworld is available at www.hp.com/go/HPatVMworld2014.

HP’s premier EMEA client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 2-4 in Barcelona, Spain.

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(1) Based on an internal analysis of publicly available information, August 2014.

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