HP Bundles Datacenter Services in Name of Efficiency
A report commissioned by Hewlett-Packard Company earlier this year suggests
that a major issue for a third of the CIOs surveyed is unwieldy growth of datacenters
in the next two to five years, particularly as the number of business services
and applications that are deployed through them continues to head skyward.
With managing that growth in mind, HP has been at work on an initiative to
make datacenters run more efficiently. This week, it announced a bundling of
a number of its technology products and services into what it calls the HP Data
Center Transformation portfolio. The announcement was made at the company's
Technology@Work 2008 conference taking place this week in Barcelona, Spain.
The portfolio cuts across a wide swath of HP's products and services. A big
part of managing the datacenter is HP's Critical Facilities services, which
comes out of HP's acquisition of EYP Mission Critical Facilities announced in
November. It's primarily a consulting service that provides strategic planning
and operations support for large-scale datacenters.
The keys to the portfolio, though, are design, support and training enhancements
to HP's Data Center Virtualization services, which allow enterprise admins to
manage any manner of virtualized environment from storage to servers to applications.
To manage both physical and virtualized datacenter environments, the portfolio
includes a version of the company's Insight Manager, dubbed HP Insight Dynamics-VSE,
which is specially tuned to support a myriad of hypervisor technologies and
can be used for capacity planning as datacenter needs grow. Finally, HP Operations
Orchestration has undergone some refining to automate and audit datacenter processes.
HP is also introducing a new option that allows customers to buy into datacenter
services rather than having to spend a large chunk on capital expenses. According
to the company, HP's Adaptive Infrastructure as a Service (AIaaS), provides
customers with a way to buy into datacenter-sized application deployments as
a managed service.
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Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts.