In legacy infrastructures, moving a VM workload such as a Microsoft Exchange application between data centres requires hundreds of complex, manual device-level configuration steps. Data mobility is similarly challenging because storage requires a physical deployment that consumes floor space, power, cooling and infrastructure investment, which locks clients into a proprietary environment.
New HP Converged Infrastructure solutions help to eliminate these issues, delivering increased agility and simplicity:
"Clients are seeking a more flexible virtualized environment that enables mobility of virtual machines and data services across the enterprise", stated Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. "HP's unique virtualization technologies meet that need, helping clients to significantly increase their agility and innovate at a pace their organisations demand."
Connecting geographically dispersed data centres optimizes workload mobility and disaster recovery. Typically, this connectivity requires months of error-prone and costly manual network redesign and reconfiguration.
HP EVI is the industry's only Data Center Interconnect overlay technology that enables "single touch" connection of up to eight data centres around the world from one location. Clients can optimize server and storage resources to perform workload mobility or disaster recovery by linking the software in HP EVI from one data centre to another.
With HP MDC software, clients can create multiple, secure and isolated functions for organizational departments such as finance, human resources and engineering, while reducing the number of networking devices in the data centre by 75 percent. Combining HP EVI with HP MDC simplifies data-centre interconnectivity while reducing total cost of ownership by 56 percent with a single management platform.
"We needed a centralized, consolidated data-centre infrastructure that delivered long-term operational efficiencies to accommodate our network of more than 100 agencies", stated Jason Cohen, global chief information officer at Diversified Agency Services, a global marketing services and specialty communication company. "HP delivered exactly that, and the new Data Center Interconnect additions will ensure business continuity by distributing applications and compute resources for our enterprise private Cloud."
To address flexibility and cost, many organisations have moved from physical storage deployments to VSAs and VM-based data services to support new application workloads and rapid data growth. However, most VSA software is proprietary, supporting only a single vendor's hardware and hypervisor.
HP StoreVirtual VSA is the first software-based virtual storage appliance to operate on any x86 server, while connecting to a range of third-party external storage solutions and supporting a mix of VMware vSphere and Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisors simultaneously. This heterogeneous, hardware-agnostic solution for delivering shared storage in virtualized environments eliminates vendor lock-in, reduces infrastructure cost by up to 60 percent and increases utilization without additional investment.
"The ability to reduce distance limitation in networking and to simplify storage infrastructure is important for organisations using VMware vMotion in VMware vSphere", stated Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "We are pleased to continue to partner with HP to enable our customers to address IT challenges with better resource utilization and optimization for workload mobility across data centres."
HP Ethernet Virtual Interconnect and HP Multitenant Device Context will be available worldwide this fall as software upgrades for the HP FlexFabric core switches. HP StoreVirtual VSA will be available worldwide in September with a starting U.S. list price of $700 per license when purchased in multilicense packs.