Legacy IT infrastructure is unsustainable. Today’s digital universe contains approximately 4.4 trillion gigabytes of information. Data volumes are doubling every two years. At this rate, the world’s data centers will hold 44 trillion gigabytes of information by 2020.1
Already, data centers consume up to 3% of global electricity production, and generate 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.2 In the U.S. alone, it takes 34 large (500-megawatt) generating plants to power the nation’s data facilities.3
Clearly, our world needs a new approach. As the undisputed leader in server technology, HP is ready to provide it.
Welcome to the future
It’s time to reimagine the server and Think Compute.
This means rethinking linear approaches to server development, which cannot boost performance without also increasing complexity and resource consumption.
It means designing servers that are converged, software-defined, cloud-ready, and workload-optimized.
By transitioning from traditional server development, we can deliver new levels of automation and new economics.
Advancing converged infrastructure
The future of Compute includes infrastructure designed to radically simplify the data center, making it more energy- and space-efficient than ever before.
In that future, all Compute resources will be converged, allowing a business to define, move, expand or scale back the resources without having to deal with the physical attributes of a system. Virtualization will allow for resources to be allocated at a granular level, improving efficiencies and ensuring optimal performance as workload demands change.
HP is already there. We were the first to introduce a converged infrastructure that blends servers, storage, networking, and management. Today’s HP servers deliver the simplicity and freedom to build IT that is truly optimized to your business, with right-sized compute blocks for everyday workloads, converged systems for high-intensity virtualized or cloud workloads – and even an entire converged data center. With them, you can innovate, adapt, and unleash new business value like never before.
Software-defined data centers
As hardware becomes more converged, software will increasingly eliminate physical barriers and coordinate functions far more quickly and efficiently. A software-defined data center eliminates silos of automation so that a server may be used for processing, storing, or communicating information. As a result, you can adapt immediately to the changing requirements of applications and users.
HP was first to market with software-defined data center solutions. We continue to lead with HP OneView management software, a fully automated, software-defined management platform designed for speed, agility, simplicity, and efficiency. HP OneView orchestrates HP servers, storage, and networking, and can help reduce IT staff time by more than 50%.
Data center meets cloud
Whether public, private, or hybrid, cloud environments represent new challenges to IT departments everywhere. Nearly half of large enterprises plan to deploy new cloud infrastructure by the end of 2017, according to Gartner.
Common cloud workloads include web, e-commerce, mobility and social media. All of these workloads drive unprecedented demand for IT agility and the absolute lowest cost structures.
To keep pace, server technology must integrate seamlessly with the cloud. It must also match the characteristics of the cloud – including low costs, open standards, and immediate delivery of services that can make your business more agile.
Cloud-like performance is one of the hallmarks of HP ProLiant Gen9 technology, which is designed for rapid deployment to accelerate service delivery. Ge9 allows you to provision hundreds of new virtual machines in seconds, and speed service delivery by up to 66x.
For cloud environments, HP Helion CloudSystem offers the most complete, integrated, and open cloud solution on the market. Powered by OpenStack® technology and developed with an emphasis on automation and ease of use, HP Helion CloudSystem redefines how you build and manage cloud services.
The right Compute
In an age of big data, real-time video, and other data-intensive applications, it is critical to apply the right Compute to every workload.
Today’s most common workloads are traditional IT, mission-critical, and cloud.
- Traditional IT environments require maximum performance for virtualized workloads, deployed on a common platform that delivers the lowest TCO. HP offers an unparalleled range of servers for traditional IT workloads, including HP BladeSystem and our line of rack and tower servers.
- Mission-critical environments are those in which even brief periods of downtime would result in serious business impact. They require maximum application availability, scalability, and business performance. When failure is not an option, customers around the world choose HP Integrity Nonstop and HP Integrity Superdome servers.
- Cloud environments require extreme standardization and simplicity at a large scale – with very low cost and low system deployment time. HP offers an entire line of cloud-ready servers that can help you take advantage of cloud efficiencies.
Above all, the new era of Compute will be focused not on technology, but on business outcomes.
Half of IT decision makers say that system inefficiency is the number one barrier to achieving desired business outcomes.
With a more agile, service-oriented infrastructure, you’ll be able to deliver new services in minutes. Translate millions of swipes, taps, and clicks into immediate insights. And unleash the creativity of your organization.