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Simplified IT: HP ConvergedSystem 700 for Virtualization

celialawren on ‎12-09-2013 09:21 AM

By HP guest blogger Paul Gavin


In business, as in life, there are inflection points that occur which are unforeseen and unplanned. In these circumstances, you have to react quickly to a new set of dynamics. This is especially true today when business demands dictate implementing new infrastructure quickly that can be relied upon to meet business requirements. In an ideal world you have the time and resources to carefully design and implement a solution that will meet the new requirements. Of course, this complex and daunting endeavor comes on top of the critical work you are already doing and creates an even bigger backlog of day-to-day work.


HP’s new ConvergedSystem 700 for Virtualization shortens time to value.


The new HP ConvergedSystem 700 for Virtualization is designed to help reduce the procurement and implementation phases of these projects from months to weeks. HP has taken the concept of Converged Infrastructure a few steps further. The HP Converged System 700 for Virtualization makes it easier to deploy and manage virtualized environments for large and demanding datacenters. This pre-engineered, workload-optimized system will not only get you to deployment faster, but will help you manage lifecycle requirements by standardizing and providing modular upgrades.  HP teams have worked together with our supply chain, manufacturing, engineering and technical services teams with the goal of reducing the time from order to functional installation of these systems to 20-30 days or less for our HP ConvergedSystem portfolio. This combined effort means that the hardware is preconfigured and tested, the virtualization software is preloaded in the factory, and final installation is completed by our technical services team at your site based on the data that you provide us at time of order. We have also included our channel partners in this process to ensure you have a choice in your purchasing and delivery process. These systems will have HP management capabilities integrated with your choice of virtualization software (VMware at launch and Microsoft in CY 14).


These systems are designed and built as converged systems but they do contain different infrastructure components and you do not want or need to be the triage point for identifying issues and resolving them. HP will support your virtual infrastructure as a single system without your worrying where a particular issue resides. We call it one point of accountability – HP.


Other key aspects to consider are performance, IT efficiency and TCO. Internal and external analysis (ESG whitepaper) indicates that the HP ConvergedSystem 700 provides 3X the IT efficiency and reduces TCO by 28% when compared to competitive systems and our integrated network technology improves virtualization performance by minimizing the network paths between VMs.


The new HP ConvergedSystem 700 for Virtualization will be ideal for customers who have embraced blade server technology and who want to scale from 100’s to 1000’s of VMs. This system is designed to scale with a balance of CPU, memory and I/O capabilities that can be scaled from a base system with base of 4 blade servers up to 16 blade servers (modular upgrades can be factory integrated or can be installed onsite in less than 1 day in a single cabinet which includes all of the required servers, storage and networking.


Learn more about the HP ConvergedSystem 700 for Virtualization at HP Discover.


If you want to have a F2F discussion about what this  announcement will mean for your business, drop by the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, December 10, 1-1:30 pm for the Your “easy button” for simplified IT: HP Converged Systems for Virtualization session (DF3210).  Come meet the team who designed these new systems and discuss how they are put together and what they can do in your environment.


Visit us at HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona to learn more about HP Converged Systems and virtualization strategy.  Visit the HP booth to get an HP Converged Systems demo.  I recommend several sessions you can attend to get more information on our offerings:


TK2319 – Tuesday, 11:20 -12:20  

Tom Joyce Keynote - No silo left behind: Convergence in the age of virtualization, cloud, and big data

Get the big picture on the latest HP innovations and solutions that are leading the new end-to-end revolution.


DF3302 – Tuesday, 4:40-5:10

Deploy turnkey systems in just days with the new HP Converged Systems for Virtualization

 Do you want to flip from spending all of your resources on do-it-yourself virtualization to focusing instead on innovation? This session will explore why the industry is moving toward converged systems to solve many of the datacenter’s toughest problems of speed, simplicity, reliability, and scalability. In this session, you’ll learn why a complete converged infrastructure should be at the heart of your datacenter strategy in 2014. We will show you how simple it is to adopt HP Converged Systems for virtualization solutions, quickly achieving shorter time to value and saving IT resources that can be re-deployed into other business needs.


TB2620 – Wednesday, 9:00-10:00

Converged Systems for virtualization: understanding your choices

 There are a multitude of vendors touting their converged infrastructure solutions, each claiming to provide efficiency gains, security and scalability. To understand how to measure these claims against reality, you need to peel back the layers of the solution itself…from the storage and network to the server and application. This session will highlight key architectural considerations to consider when evaluating converged solutions and will show how HP virtualization systems deliver on the promise of being more cost-effective and provide better performance for your business, especially for stability, long-term infrastructure requirements, planning, deployment, management and investment protection exposure.


BB2495 – Wednesday, 10:30-11:30

How HP is transforming converged systems for the new era of virtualization

The new HP Converged Systems for virtualization represent the latest advancement of the HP Converged Systems portfolio. These are integrated systems designed for simplicity, ease of use, and scalability, delivering the fastest path to virtualization, comprehensive lifecycle management, and unified support and services. In this session, we will highlight the new approach to designing, deploying, and scaling out HP solutions for your virtualization requirements.


DT2494 - Wednesday, 12:20-12:50

The Virtualization Games: How HP is addressing your toughest virtualization needs

The new HP Converged Systems for virtualization represent the latest extension of the HP Converged Systems portfolio. These systems provide a simplified, efficient, and reliable application deployment platform on HP Converged Infrastructure that is integrated and optimized for virtualized workloads. In this session, we will show you how to radically increase flexibility in both architecture and management platforms by adding an HP virtualization solution to your next-generation datacenter.


TB2496 – Wednesday, 4:30-5:30

The evolving datacenter: Future-proofing your virtual environment

The requirements of IT delivery continue to evolve. The latest HP Converged Systems for virtualization address the need to build highly secure, end-to-end virtualized datacenters and client environments that can effectively respond to the current and future needs of both IT and the business. In this session, we will focus on the architectural approach to designing, deploying, and scaling out these integrated solutions. We will focus on optimization planning for power and cooling, achieving seamless capacity growth, and network planning for scalable virtualization performance in your converged infrastructure.


BB2081 - Thursday, 10:30–11:30

The power of virtualization, from the datacenter to the device

 Virtualization of both your client and datacenter infrastructures is key to successfully supporting the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement and cloud computing. Attend this panel session to learn about the future of end-user computing.


For information on these sessions, demos and more, head off to the HP Discover event site and check out the wealth of session hosted at the event. I hope I get an opportunity to see you in Barcelona.




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