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SMBs get benefits of virtualization w/ HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft® Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V


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By Lainie Guthrie

SMB Solutions and Route to Market 


Businesses are constantly seeking efficient strategies to achieve improved outcomes with less investment. With mobility becoming standard operating procedure (driving the need for employee bring-your-own-device support), exponential increases in data, and budgets remaining stagnant, businesses are turning to virtualization to streamline their IT environments – from servers and storage to compute.


In 2010, IDC predicted that 70 percent of all servers would be virtual by 2014. This has proven true, with Gartner recently reporting at least 70 percent of x86 server workloads are virtualized.


Virtualization significantly reduces capital and operational expenditure costs with automation, less hardware (and related expenses, including maintenance and utilities), and has increased staff productivity business-wide because of simplified management. IT staffs are freed from time-consuming troubleshooting tasks, and the improved application availability that results from virtualization speeds business tasks for all employees. Virtualization significantly reduces downtime and provides higher service quality than non-virtualized environments.


Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are increasingly transitioning to virtualized environments. Attracted by the cost benefits and improvements in data management and efficiencies, 65 percent of small- and 79 percent of medium-size businesses recently surveyed are adopting a form of virtualization. 91 percent that have implemented virtualization believe they have a competitive advantage over those that have not. Survey participants also reported a 60 percent reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) after virtualizing, along with better resource utilization and efficiency.[1]


Virtualization decreases complexity across the environment, and enables SMBs to better handle existing data demands. In addition, the flexible architecture and scalability virtualization delivers, positions SMBs for future growth – eliminating the inherent planning, budgeting, and worry about impending upgrades that come with non-virtualized environments.

With so many vendors and solutions to choose from, how can you select the best virtualization platform for your business? HP has developed solutions designed specifically for the unique needs of SMBs that are based on the HP ProLiant server family.


“As the complexity of IT environments continues to increase, HP is focusing on making the acquisition of more advanced IT capabilities simpler by making it easier to deploy turnkey servers in SMB organizations,” explains Michael Vizard in his Channel Insider article, “HP Expands Just Right IT Portfolio of Prepackaged Offerings” (February 3, 2014).



HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft® Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V allows for the largest capacity of processors, physical RAM, and virtual storage to successfully reduce infrastructure sprawl and achieve consolidated workloads. Its unique ability to create end-to-end platforms for private and hybrid cloud deployment significantly increases business agility, drives efficiencies, and ensures scalability – far outshining the typical basic server consolidation virtualization solution.


Backed by HP ProLiant Gen9 servers powered by the latest Intel processors, HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft® Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has the built-in capability to triple compute capacity[2] and improve workload performance four times over.[3]


HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft® Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is delivered as a predefined reference configurations based on the various stages of IT business development. These flexible configurations provide a start point for defining the right affordable solution to meet existing IT needs while allowing room for a business to grow – delivering flexibility and peace of mind.


For more information about these SMB virtualization solutions and how they can transform IT environments like yours, visit


[1] Experts shine light on overcoming virtualization adoption challenges – SMB Technologist, November 19, 2013

[2] HP internal comparison between HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 vs. HP ProLiant DL380 G6

[3] Based on HP SmartCache Performance testing done with equivalent controller in a controlled environment

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Willa manages the HPE | Microsoft Coffee Coaching program. Follow along to learn more about the latest HPE OEM Microsoft product releases and how the HPE Microsoft partnership can benefit partners and customers.

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