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HP and Opsware strike utility deal

Hewlett-Packard has formed a strategic partnership with Opsware which will pair its datacentre automation software with HP’s UDC (Utility Data Centre).

HP will include Opsware’s automation software with its UDC-level servers and for HP’s services group to become an Opsware authorised partner. HP will also supply consulting and implementation services in connection with UDC as part of the deal.

Opsware’s software will boost HP’s UDC capabilities, introducing virtualisation technology which abstracts system resources to improve management. The software tracks real-time changes to the virtual environment.

Opsware partnered with HP rather than utility players IBM and Sun Microsystems because company officials believed HP ships more products that take advantage of utility computing.

"IBM and Sun are not shipping much. They have good visions and are doing a lot of good work, but for different reasons, they are not shipping much to the market yet," said Marc Andreessen, chairman of Opsware.

The rapid onset and constant dimension of change in customers’ datacentre environments is driving provisioning into HP’s UDC, said Donna Scott, an analyst at Gartner.

"[With virtualisation], if you move a server from an e-commerce application to an ERP application, what took you a whole day could take you a couple of hours," Scott said.


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