HP is collaborating with VMware to provide integrated storage, desktop and connectivity to support virtualisation in the datacentre and pave the way towards cloud computing.
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The companies have combined VMware vSphere Essentials Plus virtualisation software with the HP P4000 Virtual San Appliance (VSA). According to HP and VMware, the combined product provides back-up and recovery with shared storage capabilities to help small and medium enterprises start on the path to cloud-based IT services.
For virtual desktop infrastructures, the companies have developed a reference architecture using VMware View and the new HP P4800 BladeSystem storage area network.
HP and VMware said the combination of the P4800 and VMware View provides modular server, storage and networking architecture for the enterprise, capable of scaling to thousands of virtual desktops. They said the reference architecture delivers three times the productivity for IT administrators, supports 1,600 users at 50% less cost and requires 60% less space than traditional client virtualisation implementations
Earlier this year, HP CEO Mark Hurd announced that the company would be working closely with Microsoft to deliver cloud infrastructure services based on the Microsoft cloud and virtualisation product family.