HP today announced several industry-first Converged Infrastructure solutions that improve enterprise agility by simplifying deployment and speeding IT delivery.
HP Converged Infrastructure solutions are a key element in a client’s Instant-On Enterprise journey. These offerings break through IT sprawl and turn technology assets into interoperable, shared pools of resources with a common management platform. These new offerings include:
- Converged Systems, a new portfolio of turnkey, optimized and converged hardware, software, tailored consulting and HP Solution Support services that enable clients to be up and running with new applications in hours vs. months.(1) The solutions address top application areas including real-time data analytics, database consolidation and data warehouse.
- Converged Storage architecture and portfolio, which integrates HP Store360 scale-out software with HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant hardware to reduce storage administration, speed time to service delivery, increase energy efficiency and improve access for any data type or application workload. The offerings are complemented by new Storage Consulting services.
- Converged Data Center, a new class of HP Performance Optimized Data Centers (PODs) that can be deployed faster than any competitive offering – just 12 weeks – and at a quarter of the cost when compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar data center.(2) Extending HP’s leadership in modular data centers, the HP POD 240a, also referred to as the “HP EcoPOD,” uses 95 percent less facilities energy.(3)
- HP Server Automation 9.1 software seamlessly provisions physical and virtual application instances across the entire life cycle.
The ability to have a Converged Infrastructure, one in which the IT is scalable and adaptable in line with the business need can be transformational to the business, not only can it meet and exceed user perceptions, but with the right technologies in place, with the traditional barriers removed it can free the business to examine solutions, opportunities for revenue or agility that might not have been possible in the traditional physical and cross charging world. It’s all about gaining the right mix of bought in and internally provisioned services, technologies like the HP POD can be not only temporary data centers but also virtualization on demand devices, or as my friend said to me the other day, data center as a service. Exciting times are ahead, the more we think around and outside the box, the more we can identify possibilities for revenue and end user empowerment from a business and technology standpoint.