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Master your path to the Cloud with HP and VMware

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HP ProLiant servers with VMware

Help transform your IT environment, take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing through infrastructure as a service (IaaS)– HP and VMware deliver a portfolio of solutions that run on the HP ProLiant server platform.

Regardless of which HP and VMware solution you choose – HP VirtualSystem for VMware, VMware Storage Solutions from HP, HP Client Virtualization with VMware Horizon View, or HP Virtualization Smart Bundles for VMware –these infrastructure services will run faster, more securely, and more cost effectively on an HP ProLiant server.

Whether ML tower servers, DL rack-mount servers or BL server blades running in an HP BladeSystem, you can count on HP ProLiant to deliver high infrastructure service levels, flexibility and reliability you need to power your business-critical workloads – including VMware.

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Virtualization, cloud computing, and infrastructure as a service can take you places you’ve never been before. You can get there faster and more cost-effectively when you use VMware software running on HP ProLiant servers.

vSphere optimized for ProLiantvSphere optimized for ProLiant

Virtualization and virtual machine management start with a hypervisor. And for a growing number of organizations, vSphere is the hypervisor of choice. vSphere runs best when it’s optimized for HP ProLiant servers.

Client Virtualization with VMware ViewClient Virtualization with VMware View

Client Virtualization from HP offers an end-to-end solution based on the best managed and virtualization-ready HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers, HP Storage, and HP Thin Client access devices.

Converged Storage for VirtualizationConverged Storage for Virtualization

HP’s next generation of Converged Storage solutions are designed to eliminate the challenges of server and client virtualization and to enhance the benefits of VMware vSphere, VMware View, and VMware vCloud Solutions.

OneView for VMware vCenterOneView for VMware vCenter

Enables the vSphere administrator to easily manage physical servers and storage, data stores and virtual machines. By providing the ability to clearly view and directly manage relationships between virtual machines, and HP Infrastructure, the VMware administrator's productivity increases, as does the ability to ensure quality of service.

ConvergedSystem for VirtualizationConvergedSystem for Virtualization

Need simple, scalable systems to drive faster time-to-value? You look for easy-to-deploy systems that enable you to rapidly respond to customer demands for new services—before your competition. You want easy-to-manage and easy-to-support systems that free your IT personnel from tedious tasks. You can have this with HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization with VMware vSphere.

ConvergedSystem for Client VirtualizationConvergedSystem for Client Virtualization

HP’s flexible and scalable client virtualization offerings can be right-sized for varying workloads, provide a better means to control and protect endpoint environments, and improve users’ productivity experience.

Small and Midsize Business SolutionsSmall and Midsize Business Solutions

Pre-defined and validated virtualization bundles include everything you need to get started with virtualization — and prepare for the cloud.

vSphere Operations Management SuitevSphere Operations Management Suite

Integrates HP ProLiant servers, together with storage, networking, software, service automation, security and management to deliver a complete solution for private and hybrid cloud environments.

Client Virtualization RAs for VMwareClient Virtualization RAs for VMware

Blueprints for success deployments of VMware View running on HP ProLiant servers; available in small/midsize and enterprise configurations.

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Why custom HP ESXi Image?

  • Based on the standard VMware ESXi ISO, it is the easiest and most reliable way to install ESXi on HP ProLiant servers
  • Includes all of the required drivers to run ESXi on HP ProLiant servers
  • Installs the management software to enable robust server management
  • Works seamlessly with Intelligent Provisioning

Certain ProLiant servers require the use of the HP Customized image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and storage controllers in the servers are integrated in the HP Customized image and are not part of the generic ESXi image that is distributed by VMware. ESXi requires drivers for these controllers to be integrated as you are not able to insert them during installation. To determine if your server requires the HP Customized image, refer to the Server Support Matrix.


Options for using HP Customizations for VMware ESXi

A. Download the completely customized HP ESXi image
B. Download the HP ESXi Offline Bundles and 3rd party driver bundles included in the
    HP Customized image and apply them to your VMware ESXi downloaded from VMware
C. Build your own custom ESXi image, choosing an a la carte of bundles from the
     HP ESXi Offline Bundles and 3rd party driver bundles included in the HP Customized image

These downloads are available for customers according to the terms in the HP Software License Agreement. Certain software may require a valid warranty, current support contract with HP, or a license fee.

A. HP Customized ESXi Image

  • ESXi and vSphere:
    • vSphere 5.5 U2 Nov 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.5 U1 Dec 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.5 June 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 U3 Dec 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 U2 Nov 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 U1 Sept 2013 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 Feb 2013 - Download here
    • ESXi 5.0 U3 Nov 2014 - Download here
    • ESXi 5.0 U2 Sept 2013 - Download here
    • ESXi 5.0 U1 Oct 2012 - Download here
    • ESXi 4.x - Download here
    • Contents of above images available here
  • ESX
    • ESX 4.x - Download here
    • Contents of above image available here

B. HP ESXi Offline Bundles

  • For customers already using VMware ESXi
  • It is recommended that customers update to the latest version on their supported ProLiant at their earliest convenience
  • VMware Update Manager and ESXCLI compliant HP bundles and 3rd party drivers included in the HP Customized image are available from HP vibsdepot
  • List of HP ESXi 5.x bundles and their contents available here
  • List of HP ESXi 4.x bundles and their contents available here

C. Build your own custom ESXi image

  • VMware Image Builder compliant HP bundles and 3rd party drivers included in the HP Customized image available from HP vibsdepot

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