Press Release: November 16, 2010

HP Wins Cloud Infrastructure Bid at SHI International

Global IT provider chooses HP Networking solutions to simplify infrastructure, ease management and reduce costs

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced that SHI International has selected HP Networking solutions as the network infrastructure for its new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Center.

SHI, a $3 billion global provider of information technology software, hardware and services, needed a single, scalable networking architecture that would be affordable and capable of supporting the complex technical requirements of its new Cloud Center. According to SHI, its existing networking environment was complex and difficult to manage, which led the company to solicit competitive bids for building its new cloud computing infrastructure.

“The IaaS Cloud Service initiative will be the source of significant growth and differentiation for our company,” said Henry Fastert, chief technologist, SHI. “After testing several solutions, we found that HP’s technology delivered the features and flexibility we needed to drive a dynamic business, along with the competitive price advantage that we needed to support our expansion plans.”

To facilitate SHI’s entrance into the IaaS space, the SHI Cloud Services practice designed a powerful new “service core”-based architecture using HP Converged Infrastructure. A service core is a predefined collection of servers, storage and networking elements that is replicated multiple times to form the building blocks that populate the Cloud Center.

The new offering by SHI will focus on the creation of “industrial-grade” virtual machines targeted at the IT user. These virtual machines can be used for production application deployment, disaster recovery, outsourced IT solutions (for example, Software as a Service), as well as “burst” computing services for businesses of all sizes.

Burst computing services enable SHI customers to handle peaks in technology demand, such as holidays for online retailers. Available on demand, burst computing services can be scaled up or down, eliminating the need for any upfront investment in hardware by SHI’s customers.

SHI selected HP Networking technology due to its open, standards-based architecture and innovative capabilities. This includes the HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF), a virtual switching technology available with HP’s A-series core networking solutions, which unifies multiple switches into a single, resilient virtualized network fabric.

Interconnections within a network switch – typically achieved by wires and complex protocols ­– can be handled virtually, from one IP address, by IRF. This enables SHI to quickly adapt to changing business and client demands by increasing network performance, resilience and availability.

The HP A Series switching and routing products selected by SHI include the HP A12500 core data center switches for high performance and agility of virtualized servers. Included with the HP A12500 is the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC), which enables SHI to manage the network from a single platform, easing administration and reducing costs.

HP is helping SHI in the pursuit of its Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with everything they need, instantly.

The data center networking technology selected by SHI is part of a comprehensive HP Converged Infrastructure solution that includes HP ProLiant servers and HP storage solutions. HP Converged Infrastructure is a key foundation of an Instant-On Enterprise.

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