News Advisory: December 02, 2014

HP Drives Business Agility with New Systems and Innovations in Infrastructure Management

HP ConvergedSystem portfolio powered by HP OneView offers unique combination of speed, simplicity and efficiency to unlock IT potential

BARCELONA, Dec. 2, 2014 — HP today announced new converged systems and new HP OneView innovations to help customers quickly adapt to market and customer needs and refocus investments in innovation. The new HP ConvergedSystem portfolio addresses customers’ most important workloads, such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), cloud, mobility and big data and offers a unique combination of speed, simplicity and efficiency.

Based on the most recent IDC Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker, HP is the fastest growing integrated infrastructure architecture, growing at 215 percent year over year and at a rate of 3.6 times the market compared to competitors.(1) The latest HP ConvergedSystem portfolio takes convergence to the next level with new versions of HP OneView and HP ConvergedSystem 700, the new HP Helion CloudSystem ConvergedSystem 200-HC, and the release of HP Verified Reference Architecture.

“Conventional approaches to IT are not designed to deliver on the new business outcomes required to thrive and survive in today’s competitive landscape,”said Nariman Teymourian, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems, HP. “These new systems offer the breakthrough architecture to enable greater business agility by creating pools of resources optimized to the unique workload requirements of business.”

HP OneView, now with the power of real-time IT operational analytics
HP OneView, the industry’s leading software-defined management platform, breaks down server, storage and network management silos to take simplicity and efficiency to the next level. The solution’s unique infrastructure management plane and automation across physical compute, network connectivity and storage dramatically reduces management complexity to deliver infrastructure services in as few as five clicks. HP OneView’s open REST API links software-defined infrastructure lifecycle automation capabilities with industry leading management solutions from HP Software, VMware and Microsoft. Customers can now provision, expand and retire physical compute and storage as one through software-defined templates. This enables customers to automate operations, reduce the risk of human error and increase operational efficiency for the most demanding workloads like databases and business critical applications. 

In order to accelerate business agility, HP OneView compliments IT infrastructure management simplicity with predictive analytics capabilities. The latest release of HP OneView now has built-in HP Operations Analytics to empower customers with the tools to predict, prevent, and automate issues before they arise. Customers can expect faster problem resolution, from three days reduced to 30 minutes when using HP Operations Analytics(2) – providing dramatic savings, higher service levels and business agility to anticipate needs ahead of demands.

To enable customers to achieve the benefits of simplicity and increased efficiency, HP is introducing HP OneView Standard license that delivers monitoring, reporting, and base management at no additional charge.

The new release also now supports HP ProLiant Gen9 rack and blade servers plus extends support to legacy Gen 6, Gen 7 and Gen 8 legacy HP ProLiant servers, enabling IT organizations to further consolidate infrastructure management with HP OneView.

HP ConvergedSystem 700 for Infrastructure as a Service and Cloud
Designed for business agility, the HP ConvergedSystem 700 with HP OneView can meet many customers’ needs including as a powerful infrastructure platform that runs a single enterprise application or as an open and versatile platform to support a wide range of common workloads like customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. This system delivers fast time to value with customers able to stand up new services up to 40X faster by reducing time to order, deploy and provision infrastructure.(3)

HP ConvergedSystem 700 with HP OneView is delivered as an integrated system designed to rapidly propel customers’ business forward. In addition to combining the power of compute, storage and networking components, the solution incorporates converged management with automation to radically simplify everyday tasks, reduce OPEX and improve operational agility.

HP ConvergedSystem 700 expands choice for customers with support for HP ProLiant Gen9 blade servers and open interoperability with third party top-of-rack networking. This new converged infrastructure offering also helps scale to meet changing business demands by doubling the compute and storage capacity.

The HP ConvergedSystem 700 includes HP Proactive Care support, which ensures a single point of accountability, 24/7, for all system components – including third-party software that is shipped with the system. In addition, HP ConvergedSystem customers have access to the HP Center of Excellence, which provides faster problem resolution by providing centralized support and cross-domain expertise, lowering unplanned downtime by as much as 66 percent.(4)

An easy, open path to hybrid cloud deliver with HP Helion CloudSystem CS200-HC
The latest hyper-converged offering to the HP ConvergedSystem portfolio, HP Helion CloudSystem CS 200-HC provides customers an easy, open path to hybrid cloud delivery. Enterprises and service providers can now build and manage clouds for traditional and cloud-native workloads with simple deployment, management and support.

This news comes on the heels of a new line of hyper-converged infrastructure offerings announced in October aimed to help midsize businesses that require flexible, open architecture to simplify IT operations and transform the speed and efficiency of application service delivery. The ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual is a scalable and highly available hyper-converged appliance that brings together simple management, powerful compute and mature data services into a single turnkey system. It is designed from the ground up to simplify virtual infrastructure from ordering, deployment, to support of business-critical apps and virtual desktops. The ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO:RAIL appliance is a next-generation building block that consolidates compute, networking and storage resources into a single appliance to accelerate bringing new applications online. It combines HP ProLiant SL servers with VMware’s proven suite of core products.

Verified Reference Architecture for HP ConvergedSystem for Enterprise Mobility
Customers can also extend HP ConvergedSystems by using infrastructure-focused and application-focused reference architectures to optimize their converged infrastructure.   HP Verified Reference Architecture are designed to accelerate time to value through validated designs based on best practices. The first of these is the HP ConvergedSystem 700x for Citrix XenDesktop. It improves end-user and IT productivity for mobile workforces by generating 84 percent(5) more IT efficiency and delivering 2X faster application access for end-users.(6)The solution incorporates HP OneView functionality and integration with VMware vCenter to provide a familiar, single physical and virtual management console.

New HP PartnerOne Pilot Program for HP ConvergedSystem
As part of today’s announcement, HP will launch a new channel-enablement pilot program for HP Converged Systems to provide channel partners the opportunity to capitalize on the explosive market growth in integrated infrastructure. This program is the basis of a new go-to-market strategy that gives distribution partners the ability to perform integration and installation services in support of the new HP ConvergedSystem 700. This close collaboration with channel partners further maximizes the benefits of the ConvergedSystem 700 to customers.

HP is also offering a number of additional new service offerings to help customers quickly realize the advantages and benefits to the ConvergedSystem portfolio. New offerings includes:

  • HP Serviceguard, clustering software for business continuity, on the HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA allows organizations more choice and flexibility on how they want to grow their infrastructure. Customers who have automated high availability and disaster tolerance for SAP HANA on scale up can now have this on scale out as well.
  • HP has partnered with Tata Consulting Services (TCS), a strategic HP systems integrator, to jointly invest in a Center of Excellence Program in Chennai, India to showcase joint offerings and to leverage as a Proof-Of-Concept (POC) environment.
  • HP’s Converged Management Consulting Services break down the barriers of existing operational limitations and open the door to infrastructure agility by providing customers with HP experts to design and integrate legacy operations into a software-defined infrastructure, interfacing with HP OneView and HP ConvergedSystem 700.

Pricing and Availability
HP ConvergedSystem 700 with HP OneView will be available to select US customers in January 2015 with worldwide availability in March 2015. HP Helion CloudSystem ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual will be available in January 2015. Investment solutions (7) from HP Financial Services provide customer the flexibility, agility and control to help accelerate their migration to the new era of compute. Designed to support customers throughout the transformation, businesses can leverage a wide range of flexible investment solutions and offers including technology refresh, trade in, dual usage and transition services that uniquely align to their business needs.   

Additional information is available at www.hp.com/go/convergedsystem

(1) IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker, September 2014
(2) Using Login VSI to test application response time on the back-end VDI infrastructure (with the ConvergedSystem 700x), the per user application response time was .9 seconds.  Compared to testing with the HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops (which was 1.6-2.2 sec per user), this provides a 2X faster response time.
(3) Based on Demartek test report commissioned by HP:  “HP OneView Evaluation” dated July 2014,  Source: http://www.demartek.com/Demartek_HP_OneView_Evaluation_2014-07.html
(4) IDC White Paper sponsored by HP and Intel, “The Business Value of the HP Proactive Insight Experience”, Doc. No. 239199, March 2013.
(5) Enterprise Strategy Group, Analyzing the Economic Value of HP ConvergedSystem 700x with Citrix XenDesktop, August, 2014.  Study consists of HP ConvergedSystem 700x compared with a “present mode of operation” (PMO) that reflects traditional built-by-customer virtual infrastructure based on discrete components.
(6) Using Login VSI to test application response time on the back-end VDI infrastructure (with the ConvergedSystem 700x), the per user application response time was .9 seconds.  Compared to testing with the HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops (which was 1.6-2.2 sec per user), this provides a 2X faster response time.
(7) Financing and service offerings available through Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively HPFSC) in certain countries and are subject to credit approval and execution of standard HPFSC documentation. Rates and terms are based on customer’s credit rating, offering types, services and/or equipment type and options. Not all customers may qualify. Not all services or offers are available in all countries. Other restrictions may apply. HPFSC reserves the right to change or cancel this program at any time without notice

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