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HP introduces converged services for enterprise IT

Cliff Saran

HP has unveiled a suite of offerings designed to provide businesses with pre-configured products and services.

The so-called Converged Infrastructure aims to pool IT resources so that they can be shared and managed using a common management platform.

The products include Converged Systems, which combine HP hardware, software and services to offer users a way to implement applications such as real-time data analytics, database consolidation and data warehouses.

HP VirtualSystem is one of the Converged Systems products for virtual server and virtual desktop environments. It integrates server, storage, networking, virtualisation software and services, and supports Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and VMware.

Others include HP CloudSystem, which was originally announced in January 2011, and HP AppSystem, which HP says offers best practice operations with a standard architecture.

The Converged Storage architecture and portfolio integrates HP Store360 scale-out software with HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant hardware, together with Storage Consulting services. HP claims the combination of these products will reduce storage administration, speed time to service delivery, increase energy efficiency and improve access for any data type or application workload.

HP is also offering what it calls a Converged Data Center, a modular, energy-efficient design which it says can be deployed in just 12 weeks and is 75% cheaper than traditional bricks-and-mortar datacentres. The datacentres also use 95% less energy, according to HP.


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