HP has launched its latest range of virtualisation solutions, which include the HP VirtualSystem for VMware, HP FlexNetwork architecture and HP P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems.
The HP VirtualSystem for VMware is a highly-optimised, turnkey solution that provides the foundation for cloud computing and speeds up implementation.
The solution aims to help midsize to large organisations address the complexities of multi-tier network architectures, virtual sprawl, inflexible storage, unpredictable workloads and security concerns.
Included are virtualised HP Networking solutions, HP Converged Storage, HP BladeSystem servers and HP Insight software with on-site installation services to the solution.
HP South-Pacific group manager of industry standard servers, Raymond Maisano,said virtualisation had become mainstream for clients but presented complications to broad deployment.
VMware vice-president of global strategic alliances, Gary Green, said, “Companies need solutions that enable them to move from siloed stacks of infrastructure to pools of technology resources that can be shared and delivered as application services in real time.”
The modular solution also offers partners with faster time to revenue via streamlined and simplified solution sales and optimised delivery.
HP TippingPoint and VMware are also co-developing next-generation security solutions that deliver pervasive security in the Cloud with unified management and automated scanning for identifying and blocking potential threats.
HP TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) with vController and Firewall solution is available worldwide for securing both virtual and physical environments – costing from $50,547.
The HP FlexNetwork architecture is improved to intensify the performance of virtualised and cloud environments while streamlining network complexity and management.
It aims to unify networking approach across the datacentre, campus and branch by enhancing server connectivity, switching, management, security and services under the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
A report by Gartner indicated that by 2014, network planners should anticipate more than 80 per cent of traffic in the datacentre’s local-area network (LAN) to be between servers. However, to progress business agility, enterprises depend on virtual machine mobility, which could burst data rates up to 9Gbps, slowing data transfer between servers significantly.
Based on the HP FlexNetwork architecture, HP FlexFabric solutions for datacentres include: HP Virtual Connect, HP 5800 and 12500 series switches. The solutions eliminate unnecessary network layers and costly bottlenecks with a one-tier network fabric that provides wire-once direct connections to thousands of virtual, physical and storage components.
The HP 5830 top-of-rack 48-port switch is available in Australia from $13,157 and the 96-port version is expected later this year. The HP Virtual Connect v3.30 firmware is expected to be available for download in September.
HP also announced the HP P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems that aims to improve enterprise agility and the value of virtualisation. It includes a new version of the LeftHand SAN/iQ software and HP Peer Motion functionality.
Updates to the P4000 LeftHand Centralised Management Console interface will simplify administration of multiple peer systems within the same domain.
The HP P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems offers improved integration with VMware vSphere 5. When in VMware vSphere environments, or as part of HP VirtualSystem for VMware, the new HP LeftHand SAN/iQ software extends the value of VMware high-availability features.
Simplified installation and management accelerates application time to value with the P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) software and the improved P4000 LeftHand Remote Copy feature.
This provides P4000 LeftHand-specific array information to the VMware vCenter Server, which enables administrators to select the appropriate storage for virtual machine (VM) placement based on the class of service guaranteed for that VM.
Pricing for the P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems start at $33,593 and individual licenses for the HP P4000 LeftHand VSA starts at $5499, including a year of support.
The SAN/iQ 9.5 availability for P4000 LeftHand systems and online upgrades and P4000 VSA software bundles with VMware Essentials Plus will be available worldwide in October.
The P4000 VSA can also be used on a 60-day trial basis at no additional charge.