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Network World - HP this week unveiled a slew of new servers, storage and networking gear to advance its "converged infrastructure" blueprint for streamlining IT infrastructure and operations.
The intent is to automate and simplify IT so that enterprises can free more time to focus on new initiatives, says Bethany Mayer, vice president of marketing for HP's enterprise servers, storage and networking division. "The idea is to take technologies and converge them in a way that helps our customers save money and allows them to spend less time on maintenance," she says.
At the HP Tech Forum, going on in Las Vegas, the company announced several new servers, upgrades to its Virtual Connect connectivity portfolio, and new capabilities for its BladeSystem Matrix provisioning software. HP also added new software to its power management portfolio and announced a unified data-deduplication architecture for its storage gear.
The ProLiant server additions include three new rack-mount systems and seven new blade servers. The rack-mount servers offer up to 2TB of memory, and the new server blades support up to 1TB of memory.
A common thread among the new servers is the inclusion of greater automation options and self-healing capabilities, says Jim Ganthier, vice president of marketing for industry standard servers at HP.
For instance, HP added "virtual machine isolation" capabilities that allow users to isolate a virtual machine with a problem and automatically repair it without bringing down the physical server and other VMs. "We can find that one offending VM out of the 15 or 25 that reside on a server, isolate it, quietly shut it down, and allow you to do maintenance on it while still allowing the other VMs to continue to run," Ganthier says.
In addition, HP's Virtual Connect FlexFabric technology is now built into its ProLiant G7 server blades.
HP's Virtual Connect technology is designed to automate the process of connecting servers to networks and storage. Enterprises can reconfigure connections to LANs and storage-area networks (SAN) by moving workloads or adding and replacing servers on the fly, for instance.
The latest Virtual Connect FlexFabric module is a 10GB, 24-port device that connects BladeSystem server blades to any Fibre Channel, Ethernet and iSCSI network, eliminating the need for multiple interconnects.
"For the first time we're able to give folks a wire-once, change-ready infrastructure that connects to both LANs and SANs," Ganthier says. "You can connect to Fibre Channel, Ethernet and iSCSI, all with one device. Any connection, any network. And you can do it at any speed. We've got two 10GB ports, but you can now carve up those ports into four separate bands and assign priorities to them."
In other server news, HP's BladeSystem Matrix software is now integrated with HP's server automation technology to enable self-service provisioning of applications.
BladeSystem Matrix is software for provisioning blade servers with the corresponding storage and network connections. Integrated capacity planning tools let users adjust their infrastructure as business requirements change. The new version of HP BladeSystem Matrix also features automated storage tiering, which assigns storage based on application performance and availability requirements.